Readers Speak

Society, not guns

Dear Editor,

Another horrific school shooting and more outcries for gun control. In the vast majority of these mass school shootings it is young people doing the killing. IT IS YOUNG PEOPLE KILLING YOUNG PEOPLE.

When I was in high school many of the students had guns in their cars, no one thought anything of it; we hunted squirrels, grouse and deer behind the school after hours. It never occurred to any of us to turn those weapons on people. There were semi automatic weapons easily available.

The difference between my youth and today is society, not guns. In my day young people had respect, values, aspirations, expectations and fear of punishment for transgressions, there were neighborhoods with involved parents, All of which seem to be missing in today’s youth. The faces of many of the young are buried in electronics, not directly communicating with people and learning how to build relationships. Society took God and Country out of schools, made teachers into baby sitters, gave every person a participation trophy, and eliminated accountability.

We don’t need more gun regulation, we need more societal involvement, accountability, and mental health reform. Those bent on mayhem will find a weapon, gun, knife, bomb, automobile, poison or any other vehicle to implement their plan.

In my day those who were considered to be a danger to themselves and society were institutionalized and society protected.

In today’s enlightened world these people are mainstreamed and allowed to act out their demented plans. They have rights. What about the rest of us? We have no one to blame but society itself.


Lee J. Borger Jr.,


Single point of entry

Dear Editor,

What this country needs to do is begin single point of entry to keep unwanted people out of schools! All people who enter would be required to pass through metal detectors! All exits would be by steel doors to be opened from inside only. Armed officers stationed at entrances. Anyone who acts suspicious or refuses to be scanned, taser them! If we keep bad asses out, it would be safer! If you don’t want a person in, lock doors; as far as more gun laws enforce existing laws!!

A gun could lay on a shelf 100 years and never harm anyone until some idiot picks it up and pulls the trigger!

Think about the single point of entry units. How many jobs could be created considering the number of schools in this country. They could be prefabricated or assembled on site. If anyone is worrying about costs how much is any kids life worth?

Carm Fedele Sr.,



Dear Editor,

Recent events bring up so many issues, sometimes unrelated, and it is heartbreaking that the issues often are discussed because of a tragedy.

Given that, my President’s recent suggestion that armed teachers be given, “a little bit of a bonus” for teachers who go through “rigorous” training to carry guns in the classroom, saying he hoped they would be “people with great talent at guns” such as “military veterans,” boggles the rational mind.

Mr. President, teachers don’t do that work. It’s not our job. We educate, we model, we (hopefully) inspire.We coach. We love. But we don’t carry guns into our place of work. It’s not our job and we shouldn’t need to, much less have to, learn to kill someone.


Scott R. Blume,


Election meddling

Dear Editor,

Has anyone become tired of the Russian meddling investigation reports? While the last men or women are still standing, let us consider the U.S. enablement of the Castro regime in the 50’s, the overthrow of democratically-elected Mohammed Mossadeg of Iran in 1953, or the assassination of Salvador Allende of Chile about 1973, all perpetuated by the U.S.

Probably more U.S. meddling muscle has been used in recent world elections than any Russian influence on ours of 2016, so what is all the fuss about? And what is the astronomical cost in dollars, intellectual resources and diversion from needed action on many other important matters?

What a waste! Russians must be chuckling!


Charles S. Merroth,


Gun sense

Dear Editor,

Does the NRA tell the truth about guns? Yes. Who is the NRA? We are 5 million gun owners that hunt, participate in shooting sports, and carry for self-defense.

Is the NRA the criminal element involved in mass murder, robbery, and organized crime? No. We want to keep guns away from criminals and the mentally ill like everyone else. Criminals that use guns and guns in the hands of the mentally ill give we responsible NRA members a bad name because the anti-gun crowd thinks we are one and the same; we are not.

Why do the anti-gun people want to take guns away from responsible, law abiding citizens? It makes no sense.

Daniel A. Reiff,


Guns & reality

Dear Editor,

Unfortunately for students, families, and everyone involved, we have yet again another school full of innocent victims. These terrible tragedies cannot go unanswered without people being included in the discussion to assist our legislators and communities in coming up with common-sense solutions to the problems we continue to face with society. That being said, rushing to judgement on banning weapons as a deterrent to these mass shootings is not always the answer either. The gun is not the issue; it is the person holding it.

I am not a gun owner myself, although I have shot them on occasion in supervised and controlled environments, but I know many law-abiding citizens who are responsible gun owners and some of them have many different kinds of weapons. If you think banning guns or having teachers plus administrators holding weapons is a good idea, maybe you should think a little harder about the ramifications of that choice. If banning is the choice, think again. Ask Alex Hribal, the student from Franklin High (editor’s note: Franklin Regional, Murraysville, Pa.) who used kitchen knives to attack his fellow classmates,(20 stabbed); he was mentally deranged and got picked on. The system is flawed and talk is needed to address the problems with mental illness and especially bullying. Bullying seems to be a huge problem and that is where administrators and families need to be involved.

Don’t just push it aside as kids being kids and ignore a nationwide growing problem, often with bad outcomes.

There are also the Pulse Nightclub shooting and the mass shooting in Las Vegas that happened, one was terrorism, one we still do not have all the facts about the shooter and that just raises more questions.

Try talking to some knowledgeable people, therapists or religious clergy with your concerns or issues. You can contact a representative or senator, but we all know that outcome rarely changes anything; we can remain hopeful for beneficial reforms like universal background checks and closing gun show loopholes.

Let’s all take a little time for discussion and prayer in our lives and hope for a better future for our families, friends, students, leaders, and get everyone to take a step in the right direction and hopefully prevent violence instead of causing another senseless tragedy from occurring.

Dan Tassone,


Rt. 337/Pleasant Drive

Dear Editor,

During the summer of 2017 PennDOT installed over 20 new culvert pipes on a 3.5-mile section of Pleasant Dr. to improve drainage conditions. But in all reality what they did was make an already rough road worse. Late last year, after seeing what the residents were going to be left with as far as a very rough road, we circulated a letter of complaint! The signatures of over 140 people and a video of the road were sent to the local PennDOT office and the Manager of District 1 in Oil City.

To put 140 signatures into perspective, not one person refused to sign the letter, there was 100% participation.

I have been told by PennDOT that 2018 will not be the year the road will be fixed and there is nothing scheduled for the future.

SHAMEFUL AND PITIFUL that PennDOT is so arrogant, and our state representatives and local county representatives sit back and do nothing, signs and advertisements are put up to attract business and tourism, but the roads say don’t come back!


Ted Bailey,

Pleasant Drive resident,