Letters to the Editor - Jan. 11, 2011

Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 10, 2011 at 11:14 p.m.

A deranged man and the rhetoric of hate

As I ponder the horrific news of the assassinations in Arizona, I cry for our country.

The deranged individual who fired the shots did not just think up his action himself. He was "inspired" by the horrible, hate-filled, unbelievably murderous rhetoric spewed by some of our country's political figures.

This is just one quote from one political rally — Sarah Palin's — on June 12, 2010: "Get on Target for Victory in November. Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly."

This can't go on. Leaders of every stripe must not allow this descent into destroying opponents, at any cost, to continue.

Alice Gridley,


The politicians are afraid, but so are we

In the wake of the tragic shooting in Tucson of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and federal Judge John Roll, the outcry for greater security for public officials began immediately.

Not to demean the horror of this dreadful event, but average citizens have been subject to violence daily for a long time.

More than 17,000 Americans are murdered each year. It is a sickening measure of hypocrisy to hear lawmakers bellow when it is one of their own attacked, but totally indifferent to the daily violence average Americans encounter every day.

I fear the outcome of this vicious attack by a demented young man will further detach our officials from our concerns and all of our rights will be restricted. The better approach would be to enact severe punishment on violent offenders and habitual criminals. Then we will all be safer, not just our leaders.

Dan Taylor


Time to stop coddling cold-blooded killers

How long is this political correctness that is destroying our country going to go on?

The assassin of the people in Arizona is still being referred to as the "suspect," as was the murderer at Fort Hood where 13 people were killed in front of dozens of witnesses.

A trial of these people should be held within 24 hours and the sentence carried out in 48.

What is it going to prove by endless postulating as to why they did what they did? How much taxpayer money will go to keeping these cretins incarcerated for the next half century or more?

In extreme cases like these, should not due process be a fast process? Or do we want to give potential copycats a chance to contemplate the months or years of glory that the media will give them under our present system.

Red Scholefield,


Consider the impact of hate-filled words

As a mental health professional for 30-plus years I am certain that no one can say with certainty why anyone does anything.

On the other hand we have Sarah Palin putting a cross-hair on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' district while writing ""Don't retreat! Instead - RELOAD!", and Arizona Rep. Trent Franks calling our president "an enemy of humanity."

If these people and others of their ilk do not consider the impact of their hate filled and incendiary words, I question whether they have hearts or brains.

Jim Segal,


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