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January 16, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 16, 2013

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Thank you to all who donated financially to the campaign. Monies received from fundraisers and events ensure that we are able to continue to provide quality and compassionate end-of-life care to our community.

In 2012, Hospice provided care to 354 patients and their loved ones in Clinton and Franklin counties. We could not have done so without the overwhelming generosity and support of our North Country community.

AMANDA M. BOW

Director of development

Hospice of the North Country

Second

Amendment

TO THE EDITOR: Too much discussion about the Second Amendment seems to be highly emotional, devoid of knowledge or restraint and therefore contributes little of value.

I do not believe it is necessary or wise to repeal or amend the Second Amendment.

All the “sacred” rights in the First Amendment, the “inalienable rights” with which the Declaration of Independence claims we are endowed by our “creator,” are subject in our society to certain limits by law and common sense.

Religion, speech, the press, the right to congregate all have been limited, by law, from creating dangers to public health and safety.

We have disagreements about the proper extent of those limits, but most are accepted as reasonable and common sense.

Using that as a precedent, we should and can do the same with the Second Amendment without “infringing” on the “right to bear arms.”

Extremists, the paranoid among us, and an organization that profits financially from weapon sales have risen in fury at all attempts to regulate sales and use of guns of all kinds, including semi-automatic weapons.

I think the public is ready to ignore their irrational outbursts.

Responsible gun owners are concerned there will be a similarly, overemotional group who would go beyond reason and create laws that would remove their “inalienable rights.” They see this as a possible slippery slope path to dictatorship.

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