Protecting children is the top priority and other letters to the editors

Protecting children is the top priority and other letters to the editors

January 17th, 2013 in Opinion Free Press

Protecting children is the top priority

Let's get priorities in line.

We have armed guards at banks, concerts, workplaces, sporting events, courthouses and several other places to protect us and prevent violence. So why do we leave the most precious lives of our children unprotected? Let's do two things: Hire retired police to guard, and lock the doors of our schools.

An ounce of prevention goes a long way. Let the government pass their laws and limit our freedoms, which is their real goal in the show they are putting on and are calling gun talks. We have more at stake -- our children who need and look to us to protect them. The NRA and the government have their own agenda. If it was a high priority for Obama, why would he appoint Biden to head it up?

Legal gun owners are not the problem. Let's be real about this matter. I for one would like to see Tennessee take the lead and set an example for the world to follow. Let's get our priorities straight and protect our children.


People should back any war

If you have taken a stroll through the National Cemetery lately, you will notice that more and more Vietnam veterans are dying. It is hard to believe that it has been almost 40 years since the war ended. I spent a little time in Long Binh myself. I have seen and read many accounts of how we got involved in the war. It all seems like a waste of lives and treasure.

As a soldier the first thing I was taught was to follow orders and respect the chain of command. It was not my place to question my orders but to do my job to the best of my ability. The best thing about leaving Vietnam was knowing I did not have to go back. I cannot imagine having multiple deployments like the veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Much has been said about the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense. Maybe we need someone who served as an enlisted man in Vietnam who knows what war is about. We should never go to war without the backing of the American people. We should know why we are fighting. I did not fight in Vietnam because I believed in the cause. I fought because I was ordered to go there and I wanted to survive.


Solution needed for library funding

Responsible and caring people of the city and county governments of Hamilton County should get together and solve the problem of library funding. The lack of a solution is causing many to not have access to the enjoyment and education provided by the library.

County residents like me may not like to pay the $50, but I'm sure that many families will not pay to enable county children to get books. Free libraries are a basis of our democracy.

Surely reasonable and caring leaders such as Ron Littlefield, Jim Coppenger and Dan Johnson can get together to work something out. At least they could do something to allow county children free access the knowledge of the library.