published Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

'Violence doesn't settle conflicts' and more letters to the editors

Violence doesn't settle conflicts

Is violence the only way to settle anything anymore? Is it the only way to make a statement that anyone will listen to?

Violence is the method that's probably been used to settle more issues than any other method ever invented. And anything and everything have been used to generate that violence.

Everything from the biggest rock that a catapult can throw down to the elemental particles of uranium. It's been used to make every statement from knocking a hole in a stone wall to literally flattening 4 square miles of Hiroshima.

And it has ended these conflicts in which it was used only temporarily, so it has never really permanently settled anything, has it?

Violence has provided time-outs so that we can improve it before we use it again. And every improvement means only that it kills more and more of the people who have nothing to do with the conflict it is being used to try to settle.

Einstein was right. Insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result. Do you suppose we could try something different? Logic, perhaps?


Schools should invest in better protection

The National Rifle Association position that every school should have an armed guard for protection of children is incompetent.

A mass assassin has, in most cases, decided to die after his murders. Many have committed suicide after the slaughter. An armed guard is not a positive deterrent.

An armed guard with a one-shot-at-a-time automatic pistol has a 50-50 chance with an assassin with a one-shot-at-a-time automatic gun. So do your children.

An armed guard with an automatic pistol has a zero chance against an assassin with a full automatic weapon that fires as long as the trigger is depressed. So do your children.

A better solution is to install a TV camera at a single admission door equipped with an apartment-type lock with an intercom. The TV monitor and the door control could be on the desk of a principal, secretary or clerk.

The armed guard is a continuing expense, the TV and door lock system is a one-time expense.


Resolving problems need not be violent

Re: Policeman recently shot in East Lake Courts: This is a true story about the boys at the flag pole near the East Lake Courts on Fourth Avenue.

Ages 15 to 17 years, they met every evening at the flag pole to discuss the day's events, and sometimes there were disagreements. Across the street was the Who-So-Ever-Will Cumberland Presbyterian Church pastored by the Rev. Kenneth Davis, fondly called Brother Kenneth.

He could observe from the church and hear any disagreement among the boys. He would walk over to have a talk with them, and I am certain the Golden Rule was brought up a time or two. In short order, the boys were patting each other on the back, discussing who was going to the Community Center, or a softball game (the highlight of the week) on Friday night to watch the Courtiers beat Harrison Baptist.

Everyone in the community attended that game. You fellows must now be in your 70s because I am 93. I remember each of you fondly. That's the way we solved our problems on Fourth Avenue in the good old days.

Brother Kenneth fed their souls. and my husband, Max Rector, manager of the nearby Red Food Store, fed their stomachs.


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