Letters to the editor — The Courier-Gazette

Feb 14, 2013

Ashamed of local leaders

If you think the occasional rampage of gun violence is the price we pay for whatever, don't waste your time reading any further.

If you think that existing gun control laws are enough, and all they require is better enforcement, don't bother with the next paragraph.

But if you "support the review of gun control legislation and related issues at both the state and federal levels to address gun violence in the United States," you disagree with Councilors Isganitis, Clayton, and Pritchett, who, last night [Feb. 11], defeated the resolution to forward this recommendation to "the City's State and Federal Legislative Delegations to be added to the public record."

I am ashamed. If you are interested in the reasons expressed by your elected representatives at the meeting last night, go to the home page of Rockland's website, and view the video.

George B. Terrien



Gun control necessary

It seems to me I’ve heard this story before. The further away we and our legislators get from the mindless slaughter which inspired the public demand for better gun control, the more we and they seem to forget that reason — and thus nothing is done. It looks like we’re going down that road again. For starters, it’s beginning to appear unlikely that we’re even going to get a ban on the private owner and sale of assault weapons. There is no reason on earth why a private citizen should own a gun like that. You certainly cannot use it for hunting.

The senseless killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six teachers were gunned down, is not exactly what the founding fathers had in mind when they wrote the Second Amendment. It’s time the National Rifle Association and their supporters stopped misinterpreting the Second Amendment.

Here’s the kind of legislation that we really need:

1. Make it illegal for any private citizen to own assault weapons, such as automatic rifles or automatic handguns, even if “It’s for my collection.” Such guns cannot be used in the legitimate pursuit of hunting — but they can be used to shoot a large number of people in a short period of time.

2. For the same reason, the sale to private citizens of high-capacity gun magazines loaded with 30 or more bullets ought to be made illegal. There is absolutely no reason why a private citizen should be able to own them.

3. It ought to be made illegal for private persons or gun show dealers to sell any kind of gun without a document from the police indicating that the purchaser has been fingerprinted and investigated.

4. There should be more investigation required of persons attempting to buy a handgun. This might prevent those who have a history of mental problems from being able to do so. Maybe we also need a law requiring that guns possessed at home must be equipped with trigger locks and kept in a secure place, with a responsible adult having the only key.

Stephen Allen



Whatever happened to global warming?

The latest temperature data from the National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration shows no significant increase for the last 10 or so years (c3headlines.typepad.com/.a/6a010536b58035970c015432dfc65d970c-pi).

Carbon dioxide however, has continued to increase over the last 10 years, and currently is hovering at about 395 parts per million (.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends/). How then, is it possible for CO2 to cause global warming if the concentration is increasing; and the temperature is not increasing? At 395 ppm, we have 395 parts per 1 billion parts, which is 0.000395 which is 0.0395 percent. How is it possible that less than 1/10th of a percent of the targets up there that reflect infrared energy back toward the earth cause global warming? Of the green house gasses, the most abundant is water vapor, (ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/gases.html), which also reflects infrared emissions from earth…and over which man has no influence. Global warmists will not discuss the comparison between water vapor and CO2 on their "global warming."

The next time somebody tells you that man-made carbon dioxide is causing global warming, that means they believe that less than a tenth of a percent of the green house gas inventory controls the temperature of the earth. Can you believe that?

Larry Grimard




I write a letter to say thank you to the staff at the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County for the outstanding work they did when they assisted me in removing 21 felines from a residence in South Thomaston.

I wish to acknowledge the following individuals for their work in the area of animal welfare: Heather Russell, Morganne Price, Tracy Sala, Therisa Gargon.

Again I wish to thank each one above for their help in the area of removing the cats from a very unsanitary situation.

I also wish to thank Heather Sewall of South Thomaston for her assistance in this area in the fact that she was able to get the release of the felines so that they could be removed and taken care of in all area that are required.

The above named individuals each in their own right deserve an award that goes above and beyond any pay that they get for what they do every day at the shelter along with all the other staff and volunteers that work at the shelter. Every day is a challenge at the shelter and the work that goes on: cleaning, feeding, medical attention and all that the animals receive.

If you walk in regardless of your reason for being there, take a moment to say thank you to all of them who work there for their dedication to a job that will not end anytime soon in the area of animal care.

Robert J. Robinson

Animal Control Officer

Thomaston, South Thomaston


Family matters

Lets not forget our mother or father or brother that sits day-after-day in a nursing home staring at four walls waiting for their loved ones to come and visit them. Why not give up a social appointment some weekend and take your family member for a ride, show them the big snowbanks around town and the gift shops and eating places on Rockland Main Street?

Bring them out to get some fresh air, they will enjoy it very much. They will be away from that closed room with four walls.

Some day, after they are gone, you will say to yourself, why didn't I spend more time with my family member?

Gordon Wotton


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