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Donner Pool should stay open until Labor Day
From: Clint Imel
Received: Aug. 11
I am writing this letter with a complaint and a suggestion to the person or persons in charge of Donner Pool.
Unfortunately I do have a complaint regarding the fact that Donner Pool is not having a free swim Monday through Friday the last two weeks the pool is open. I don’t understand why they can’t just make the last hour a free swim like they do every other day they are open.
Now for my suggestion such as it is.
It seems such a shame that Donner Pool is closing for the season on Aug. 19 when August is traditionally the hottest month of the year.
The pool used to be open until Labor Day and it would be great if they could find a way to do so again this year.
Second amendment should be left alone
From: Daniel Humphreys
Received: Aug. 12
Mr. Scarbrough’s letter of August 7 advocating repeal of the Second Amendment would be laughable, were it not written in — one assumes — all seriousness.
The key thrust of his argument revolves around his quote: “Are there any sane people that believe assault rifles and large capacity ammunition magazines are weapons that could successfully defeat a government that has tanks and planes?”
Given our experiences in Afghanistan over the past decade, along with that of the USSR (also a decade), one wonders, Bill, one wonders. Over twenty years technologically-impaired Afghanis have held two of the world’s largest historical superpowers largely at bay.
Disregarding asymmetric warfare completely, one also wonders whether Mr. Scarbrough’s understanding of history encompasses the last three quarters of the century. Nazi oppression and genocide began at the ballot box, but five years before Hitler took power Germany passed its own onerous gun control laws. Once the Nazis assumed power, confiscation began — for the security and safety of the people, of course. Such measures are always for the security and safety of the people, because no sane person would willingly disarm themselves when confronted by tyranny.
That’s ancient history, of course, for the most of us. More recently, nearly a million Rwandans died in 1994 in inter-tribal genocide. Perhaps gun control could have protected them? Perhaps not. The majority of the killings were committed by machete. Shall we then, Mr. Scarbrough, look to ban the machete, next?
People of all faiths are welcome to join group
From: Christine Lemley
Received: Aug. 13
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead
Residents of Columbus may have passed by City Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 7th, when a small group of committed citizens and people of faith gathered to grieve the tragedy at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin. What passersby couldn’t know is that a new voluntary movement, Shoulder to Shoulder in Interfaith Witness was born that day.
People of all faiths are invited to join us in the Shoulder to Shoulder movement. We pledge to gather and grieve together whenever religion is misused and exploited for violent purposes, as happened in Wisconsin. We also gather to stand shoulder to shoulder as people of faith to witness to our communities, our nation, and the world what the future of our planet can be. We believe that what our world most needs in this age of terror is for religions to build bridges of understanding rather than walls of separation.
We, of Interfaith Forum Columbus, encourage all likeminded people of faith to join us. Please contact Christine Lemley for further details. Lemleyc@sbcglobal.net
Make sure your vote counts, watch debates
From: Glenn Petri
Received: Aug. 11
Last fall when I campaigned and voted for Mayor Kristen Brown, I did so to see change in the way the city business was done. No more voting without debate. Now that this change is happening and the city is being run in a more business like fashion, there are people who do not like it. They want the mayor to understand how city business is done in Columbus.
I am asking the citizens of Columbus to email their elected representatives and support our mayor’s efforts for change. Also, watch how these officials vote to see if they are representing the citizens’ interests or doing business as usual. Make sure your vote counted.
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