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February 27, 2014

Letter to the editor

To the Editor:

As the dust has settled somewhat in the state legislature over HJR-3, with its endless debates, and other matters are given credence in the media, I'm given to reflecting on a phrase made famous by a folk singer of the 1960s who harmonized, "... the times they are-a-changin'..."

To be sure they are as we get older and hopefully mature with that aging. I'm left to wonder though if that change is for the better.

With home invasions becoming more frequent, killings with guns more in the news, crime of all sorts on the upswing, violence and unrest around the world increasing and the continuing decline of this culture with in-your-face incivility and the lack of respect for anyone by everyone it seems, I would say that the aforementioned isn't the kind of "change we can believe in," to coin a political phrase.

The evidence that humankind is getting worse blunts the humanist mantra that man is essentially good and will progress or evolve into greater enlightenment.

Man is showing that pipe dream to be little else than that.

I remember when people were able to leave their doors unlocked at night. Now it’s prudent to consider heavily barred doors and windows for one’s protection nowadays the way things are going.

There are answers of course. Take all the guns away and there'll be no more murders or "gun violence," even though murderers will still hate and use other weapons of choice for their misdeeds. (Ever hear of Richard Speck?)

Defeat poverty and that will eliminate crime, even though some of the most noble have come from penniless backgrounds. (Lincoln comes immediately to mind among a myriad of others.)

Certainly we are to work for peace with warring neighbors internationally, but no nation or nations calling for a repeat of Hitler's holocaust against Israel should have any consolation from any civilized or "enlightened" society regarding such horror.

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