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Letters to the Editor, June 7, 2013

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Updated: July 8, 2013 6:03AM



Thanks to Gary police for work solving cold cases

Thanks for sharing the work that Bond, Barnes, and other detectives do in Gary. Your article showed how one group of people can be a major source of mayhem, paralyzing a whole city with fear, and how a few hands can paint an entire area a dark and ugly color, just as a malevolent coward can, under the cover of darkness, ruin the most beautiful creation.

“Cold Cases Come to a Boil” was the first article I turned to on a Sunday morning. It gave Gary’s entire citizenry a reason to be thankful. We often complain that too many things are ignored or unchecked by police, but this shows that many are indeed committed to our safety, quietly working outside the glare. Thank you so very much, persistent responders!

Now, you few slackers, get out there and get the “boomers,” whose noise is destroying our nervous system, and others who flip ordinances the bird ... and make a proactive dent in the detectives’ caseloads ... and, citizens, help them!

Dorothy Nevils

Gary

The lakeshore is for fun, but safety must be considered

During the summer, there are several hundred boats and jet skis using the lake for what it was meant for, and that is fishing and safe, fun recreation.

A few years ago, I explained to Lt. Sheppard of the DNR the dangers of having a lack of buoys to separate boaters and swimmers. He totally understood and donated 25 buoys to be put out on the lake in Gary.

Lake Michigan is here for all of us to enjoy, but there is always going to be some who ruin it for all the others whether it be on the lake or the beach. Irresponsible drinking on boats is now treated like a DUI in a car. Those who can’t obey the laws of the lake, as all boaters should know, will be stopped, searched, arrested and their boat towed. Drunk boaters are extremely dangerous on the lake or driving home.

Every year I talk to the Coast Guard, DNR, and the Lake County Sheriff to mention the importance of their being seen, and they’re always serious about cooperating.

Sheriff John Buncich has always been there to ensure safety for the people with the Sheriff’s Marine Unit and jet skis to patrol from Whiting to County Line Road in Gary. Whenever I’ve called him to give us extra attention in Gary because of hot weather and hundreds of watercraft, he would automatically send his patrols to be seen between Lake Street and Wells Street beaches whether it be on water or land. The sheriff’s helicopter has been extremely important whenever there is an emergency or a drowning.

The Miller Citizen’s Corp. Lakeshore Committee has done an admirable job every year making sure our beaches and lake stay clean and safe for all to enjoy. Have a great summer and enjoy the lake.

Michael Chirich

Gary



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