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September 22, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters from Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013

Don’t be a statisticof texting and driving

Reading the paper yesterday about taking the pledge to stop texting and driving, I literally gasped at the statistics! I have seen the commercials about the last text a driver sent just seconds before a horrible accident, but like most, I just noted it as duh, don’t do that!

Seems it should be easy enough. But the Pharos-Tribune article was so excellently written that the words did “sink in” as the writer had hoped. “Texting while driving is quickly becoming one of our country’s leading killers.” Everyone should find that quote to be incredibly disturbing! The statistics aren’t broken down as to whether the fatality was the driver, or an innocent child on a bike, or even both, but the statistics are crystal clear that they are “deaths attributed to texting and driving.” Teen drivers, don’t be fooled into thinking you’re so fast and skilled that it won’t happen to you; that is precisely the belief that provides the energy for it to become an epidemic!

Unfortunately, something that seems so simple because it is just that simple, has to be made into a law in order to gain support from drivers (remember when we were just encouraged to wear a seatbelt until it didn’t “sink in,” forcing a law to be enforced for our own safety?). What a wonderful proclamation our mayor designated with Sept. 19 being “Drive 4 Pledges Day.” I pray that all drivers commit to never text and drive. Ever. No one is immortal and, like the pledge says, “it can wait” because it can and should.

Pledge to not become a statistic.

Julie Utter

Logansport

Shooting shows moreneed guns, not less

This “incident” at the naval base in Washington, D.C., did not demonstrate a problem with gun control as many talking heads and media are suggesting. What it did demonstrate is that the people who vote in the area, including Washington, D.C., need to ask their elected officials how this wacko, with previous arrests for misuse of weapons, managed to get into this naval facility. Where was the security? Isn’t Janet Napolitano the head of homeland security? Isn’t her desk right there in D.C.?

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