Cumberland Times-News

Letters

May 10, 2013

Let’s take a look at what may be causing problem

Before we discuss gun control, let’s look at the causes of death that we inflict upon ourselves.

Over the previous 10 years, highway traffic deaths averaged about 35,000 (Statistics from the U.S. Census). These numbers do not reflect drivers and passengers who were critically injured and spent many weeks or months in hospitals.

Statistics from the Center for Disease Control for 2010 show that approximately 2,500 of these traffic deaths were teenagers.

FBI statistics for 2011 show 12,665 murders broken down as follows:

  Firearms — 8,583; knives — 1,694; hands, feet, fists — 728; blunt object (hammer, baseball bat, etc.) — 496

What these statistics show is that first of all we must not allow teenagers to drive until their 20s or beyond. But to be really safe we must eliminate automobiles completely.

Next, of course, we must ban guns, knives, hammers, baseball bats and other blunt objects. Ridiculous?

There are more gun control laws on the books than you can even imagine, but how about looking at the real cause of violence.

Can we control what we all see every day on TV? Before you tell me that violence on TV has no influence, please tell me why companies will spend $3 million or more on a 30-second Super Bowl commercial?  If you watch any amount of TV, you are constantly bombarded by commercials because consumers are affected by what they see and hear.

How about the destruction of the family as an integral part of society and along with it the loss of moral values. Right and wrong no longer exist. If it feels good do it. As a culture, we are lost to depravity.

Robert Ciszewski

Augusta, W.Va.

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    What exactly is the long-range plan, according to the Allegany County Commissioners?
    I’ve read in the Cumberland Times-News that the current County Commissioners intend to spend $9 million to construct a new high school.

    April 16, 2014

  • H.O.G. Rally coming to Cumberland in June

    Let me introduce myself. My name is Francine Kraft and I am the Maryland/Delaware State H.O.G. Rally Coordinator for 2014.
    With a team of seven others, we have put together a rally for June 19-22 to be held in Cumberland.

    April 16, 2014

  • Access to trout ponds hard for those who have trouble walking

    I took my 5-year-old grandson Easton, who lives in Cumberland, to the Evitts Creek three ponds on March 31, the day it was stocked with trout.He had the joy and excitement of catching his first trout and two more. I have a Maryland fishing license and trout stamp.

    April 16, 2014

  • Wait long enough; they will die off without being cared for

    The letter to the editor of April 14 (“Military veterans have few friends in Washington, D.C.”),  I am afraid, hit the nail on the head — sort of — about this next set of returning veterans.

    April 16, 2014

  • Translations differ, but the message is eternal

    This letter is in response to a recent letter titled “One cannot compromise on God’s word” (April 13 Times-News). I had previously written a letter titled “Why are compromises so difficult to achieve” (April 7).

    April 15, 2014

  • Closing the loopholes will help clear the regulatory waters

    After a decade of uncertainty over Clean Water Act jurisdiction following Supreme Court challenges in 2001 and 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers announced a forthcoming administrative rule to close enforcement loopholes, restoring protections to 20 million acres of wetlands, more than half the nation’s streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.

    April 15, 2014

  • The first step Remember where your freedom comes from before criticizing

    The deal at Fort Hood could have been avoided if it was caught in time.
    When you think a GI is not acting right, have him or her checked out before you put them back on duty and give them a weapon. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious and dangerous problem if it is not taken care of right away.

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  • Midterm elections give chance to return to American values

    A movement has been started by veterans of our armed forces to get out the vote in 2014. That includes Coast Guard and Merchant Marine personnel for those not familiar with the history of both and their sacrifice. This is no small special interest  group, but many millions of Americans who can have an enormous impact on the  outcome of the November election if they all respond.

    April 14, 2014

  • Military veterans have few friends in Washington, D.C.

    Our legislators in Washington must stop playing politics with our veterans, this is  especially true of Vietnam war veterans. Will the game playing carry over to our veterans of present day wars? Will they too become pawns? Veterans have few friends in Washington. Just like the Vietnam veterans, today’s veterans will face
    what we are up against, little to no support.

    April 13, 2014

  • One cannot compromise on God’s word

    A recent letter asked, “What is it about compromises that seem so undesirable?” Most of us are familiar with John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The next verse goes on to say, “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him”

    April 13, 2014

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