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Opinion Letters

I am opposed to a ban on "assault" weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Military-style weapons in the hands of the people carry more benefit for civilization than harm to civilization.

It is true that they can be used for barbaric acts, such as the slaughter of children at Sandy Hook. However that may be, in the old days this slaughter could not have happened. In the old days, among so many adults as there were at Sandy Hook, more than one would have had a gun of his own and one of them would have put bullets into the barbarian at Sandy Hook before he killed 20 children, or probably even five. Nor in the old days would a school have been advertised as a gun-free zone.

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David Snell’s letter of 1-10-13 ( National forests site of illegal actvity) proves that people can fail to see the forest for the trees. He laments the fact that the prohibition of marijuana has caused illegal growing in national forests, some by illegal aliens, but seems to be unable to make the connection: When alcohol was prohibited by law, illegal distilleries and smuggling were rampant, but that virtually disappeared when prohibition was lifted. If marijuana was available legally and growing was regulated and taxed, our forests would once again cease to be a viable alternative for criminal cartels.

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DSS issues special thanks to community members

The Macon County Department of Social Services would like to extend our appreciation to the following sponsors for their generous contributions, which helped to brighten Christmas for our children in foster care.

We would like to give a special “Thank You” to Jane Long for her time and hard work in coordinating this partnership between our agency and the community. Again, we would like to express our gratitude to all that were involved. You have made many kids’ Christmas truly memorable.

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Almost everyone has an opinion about how to combat violent, mass killing. My hope is that we will not be distracted by all the static and go for quick solutions that may make us feel safer but will, most likely, be ineffective. We need to keep our eye on the cause here: Mental Illness. Would that we could pass a law against mental illness.

In the last 10-20 years we have made great progress in our understanding and approach to brain disorders and now recognize that these are treatable illnesses. We are now on the verge of some significant breakthroughs. I hope we will put our money and our minds where it will have the most benefit: Early identification and adequate treatment of mental illness, and hopefully, at some point, prevention. Look what we have done with cancer, heart disease, and polio.

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