TO THE EDITOR: As teenagers in Keene Central School in the late 1960s, boys and girls could join the high school rifle club, which met evenings in the shooting range beneath the high school.
There, we practiced with .22 caliber target rifles and competed for high score. These rifles and ammunition were stored at the shooting range beneath the school.
Schools in surrounding communities also had these shooting ranges. There were rifle clubs in these towns that grownups belonged to, and shooting matches were held in school target ranges.
High school children who hunted and drove to school had shotguns and hunting rifles in their vehicles on school grounds. Nobody was scared, nobody was threatened, no one was shot.
You say, “Well, that was then and times have changed.” What has changed is the culture in America. Now, as our children grow up, they are bombarded with violent video games, violent movies and television and illegal drugs.
What do we know about those who have committed mass shootings and violent crimes with firearms? We usually discover that some have a criminal history, and there can be issues of mental illness and use of illegal drugs. Some of these shootings have been committed by children in their formative years.
Now we have newly enacted gun laws imposed on law-abiding New York state citizens. This, in part, is because a crime of mass murder was committed in Connecticut. New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is quoted as having said, “We owe this to the victims of Newtown.”
In reality, these new laws won’t be effective in preventing firearm-related crime. They do, however, chisel away at the constitutional rights of law-abiding, firearm-owning citizens of New York state.
TO THE EDITOR: The Jan. 9 editorial article by a New York professor concluded “Life as we know it will be considerably different without food, without the environment and without energy” and that “the Farm Bill” is also known as the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008.”
She repeats that lengthy name and date four more times.
It sure would be different.
It further states, “I ask that you please think about your food, your environment and your energy.”
Certainly some things to think about.
ARTHUR E. BALTRUWEIT
TO THE EDITOR: The Peru Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary would like to thank the following sponsors of our 2013 calendar for their continued support:
Action Auto Accessories, Adirondack for Kids, Ann’s Tailor Shop, Apple Blossom Florist, Bill’s Body Shop, Casella, Cricket’s Restaurant, Dubay Family Chiropractic, Everett Orchards, Forrence Orchards, Frosty Springs Bottling/Covel’s Tree Farm, Glenwood Grocery, Hamilton Funeral Home, Iroquois Campground, J Hogan Refrigeration & Mechanical, Langley Insurance Agency, Leon Blair, Contractor, Liberty’s Garage, The Little Pizza Shop, Loreman’s, New Impressions, Northern Orchard, Pasquale’s Pizzeria, Peru Auto Exchange, Peru Central School Federal Credit Union, Peru Community Church, Peru Health Mart Pharmacy, Peru Rod and Gun Club, Peru Veterinary Hospital, Pilon Transport & Towing, St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus, St. Augustine’s and St. Patrick’s Churches, Sweet Treat, TD Bank, TSS Photography, Valehaven Homes for Adults and Yarborough Square.
Peru Fire Department Auxiliary