TO THE EDITOR: I congratulate Congressman Owens on his recently announced assignment to the Defense and Homeland subcommittees of the Congressional Appropriations Committee. That’s not bad for a two-term congressman.
The congressman, however, should not confuse his support for such Army installations as Fort Drum with the equally urgent need to legislate President Obama’s plan to protect our communities by reducing gun violence.
There is no question that our military forces and our police should be properly armed. However, the Second Amendment militia argument used by the National Rifle Association and others is an outdated fiction. It is a smokescreen used to protect the sales of gun manufacturers and gun dealers, and it should be treated as such.
No other civilized nation authorizes the random arming of its citizens as we do. And consequently, no other civilized nation has as high an annual rate of random gun deaths as we do.
I, too, am a veteran (World War II and Korea), and I know what weapons can do.
I urge Congressman Owens to take a stand with the president’s actions against gun violence in our communities. And, in that process, I hope he will also reach across the aisle to try to persuade thoughtful Republicans to join him.
This should not be a partisan issue.
WILLIAM W. COWAN
Lack of crosswalk
TO THE EDITOR: A while back, I wrote you of dangers of crossing the road to get to and from the CVPH Plaza and Hannaford Grocery.
Though the road was recently painted, their work does not designate the crosswalk, which is engineered at that very location.
Whoever tells the road crew is clearly at fault. If someone is hit there, whoever handles work orders, with his ivory tower and collection rubber stamps, will find his sorry butt in a jam.