Tonawanda News

January 1, 2013

Sound Off published Jan. 1

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The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — I read the Sound Off that was submitted about the violent video games and movies being the cause of all the mass shootings. Apparently the caller listened to the NRA press conference. He did the same thing, it isn’t the gun it is the violence in the games and movies. Guess what? That same NRA and all the gun manufacturers spend millions of dollars for product placement in the same genres that they are attacking! 

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To the “obviously” intelligent person that thinks that the president wants everyone to be equal, stop talking. President Obama wants people to have a “chance” to succeed. There is a big difference but I guess in your little hate-filled brain you aren’t able to figure that out. One more thing, I think it was the founding fathers that said “All Men Are Created Equal”. 

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A law specifically against gun ownership by mentally ill people is dangerous in itself, as some supporters call for a list to be developed of the mentally disturbed. First, people have done major killings without guns - using knives and bombs, for example. It’s not the guns, but the difficulty in getting dangerous people committed - to protect their rights, the laws went overboard, according to some psychiatrists. The mental health professionals need more leeway in the commitment process as they have the expertise. They don’t need a list. On the other hand, consider that a list could lead to punitive entries and damaging character defamation. Adam’s mother had started the process but the lengthy effort required can mean that the ill person would initiate action. Adam knew and did not want to be committed, said a neighbor. He killed his mother first; doesn’t that tell you who he blamed? She was a volunteer with those children. Any young person who is continually withdrawn loses touch with reality and needs help desperately. Some who do not feel loved turn to unthinkable hatred. 

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The US Tax Code for 2012 is 73,608 pages long. It would be a stack of paper 24 1/2 feet tall. In your house it would be three (3) floor-to-ceiling stacks of paper. How many of our Congressional representatives have read what they have made into law? It’s no wonder that only big corporations and the super rich can afford the lawyers to find all the exemptions for them!

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I agree with the person complaining about the elected officials not bringing in businesses we need. When you make a coat, you make sure all the pieces fit and then sew it together. When you are rebuilding a city, you are supposed to not jump from one idea to another to get your photos in the paper and then not work on making it all fit together. We need the dollar stores and second hand ones for the people who still live here but to get more well off people to move here or even shop here, you need to make the city whole again, not just spend money on boaters at the city lines who will never venture into the middle where we need them to come.