Are gunshots ringing out too close to the homes of rural subdivisions?
Do Northwest Indiana counties, cities and towns need better ordinances regulating recreational gun use?
A recent article by Times reporter Rob Earnshaw spurred a lot of social media discussion on the use of guns in rural areas — once home to open farm fields and woodlands but now the locations of major residential subdivisions in several areas of the Region.
Read Rob's story at nwi.com and let us know your thoughts in a letter to the editor of 150 words or less. Email the letters, including your name, city/town of residence and a phone number where we can contact you to email@example.com or mail the letters to Letters to the Editor, 601 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321.
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Here's a look at previous letters to the editor:
Overpaid athletes are frauds
What a bunch of frauds, disrespecting this country's anthem and armed forces. Where else can they make the money they do? Maybe we should outsource our sports instead of our jobs.
I wonder how many people would still have jobs if they chose to exercise their freedom of speech at work?
Let's exchange pay between armed forces and overpaid athletes.
Next time, call an athlete when you need help. I wonder how that would work?
Want to solve social issues? Blame the greed of corporate America and overpaid athletes.
M. Stepniewski, Highland
Don't make all patients suffer in opioid fight
Thank you, Dr. Jeffrey Singer, for your Sept. 29 guest column in The Times, giving your experienced opinion on who is actually dying from opioid overdoses.
I agree that current policy is driving desperate people into the black market. Our policymakers are not grasping the entire picture about chronic pain and who needs medication to control it. Tying doctors' hands from prescribing it for their patients is only making matters worse.
We already have common-sense reforms in place, as only 30-day scripts for opiates are allowed. Shorter doses than that only drive up costs for doctor visits. Most physicians already are on board, speaking to patients about the dangers of addiction.
Punish the bad apples, but don't make us all suffer needlessly.
Cynthia Harbin, Cedar Lake
Take time to speak with, understand local farmers
Right now, Indiana lawmakers are studying the current laws governing the construction and management of livestock barns. All Hoosiers should take the time to become educated on how the farmers in their backyards contribute to a better quality of life for their communities and the state.
As someone who produces feed and works on a hog farm in DeMotte, I know that Hoosier farmers are committed to being good neighbors. Many of us go above and beyond current regulations — the stringent local, state and federal rules that detail where we should build or expand our barns and how we should manage our livestock and their waste.
I urge everyone in our community to take the time to talk to local farmers about the rules and regulations we already follow and how agriculture can best work in harmony with the county’s goals.
Malcolm DeKryger, DeMotte
Singing doesn't prove patriotism
The simplest way to eliminate controversy over the response to "The Star-Spangled Banner" during football games is to stop singing it.
A football game and every other sporting contest is not a patriotic event. Singing the national anthem before watching a bunch of heavies crashing into each other is nonsensical.
The mere act of singing does not prove one's patriotism. Patriotism is shown by doing something to benefit everyone in the country.
Andrew Hunter, Valparaiso
Proof is in the numbers on tax cuts and GDP
U.S. House Rep. Luke Messer, R-Indiana, tells only a tiny part of the truth in his Oct. 3 op-ed about federal tax cuts and GDP growth.
Real GDP grew at an annual rate of 3.4 percent over the eight years of the Reagan administration, yet it grew at an annual rate of 3.7 percent under the Clinton administration.
Similarly, real GDP grew at an annual rate of 1.8 percent during the George W. Bush years, but it grew at an annual rate of 2 percent under the Obama administration.
However, the Reagan budgets blew up the federal deficit by a whopping 186 percent in eight years, while it increased only 32 percent in eight years during the Clinton administration. Similarly, the debt increased 101 percent under G.W. Bush but only 68 percent under Obama.
The proof is in the numbers. Federal tax cuts do not increase real GDP growth but do significantly increase the federal deficit and thus burden future generations with the costs.
Stephen Jarzombek, St. John
Inclusive homecoming election source of Lake Central pride
Congratulations to the Lake Central High School student body for the wonderful gesture in voting their classmates, Joy Wosniak and Kyle Kujawa, as homecoming queen and king.
I'm sure these two students with Down syndrome have been so excited and so proud to represent their high school with this special honor, and I can imagine their parents are even more proud.
So many times students with special needs don't get recognized for their contributions to their schools and to society, but this time their Lake Central fellow students gave them their due.
The school system should be proud of their student body — but even more so, the parents of those students who voted for these two as queen and king should be especially proud of their children.
John Banasiak, Highland
Stand against root of inner-city problems
Kudos to The Times for coverage of the race/class Sinai Forum in the Sept. 25 edition.
I spent my 30-year career as an FBI agent serving in the poor, black communities of Detroit and Gary, working violent crimes, drug cases and fugitive matters.
A powerful minority in these neighborhoods fuels great discord and stands as an impediment to the prosperity America offers. Gang activity, drug dealing, children bearing children, lack of nuclear families and disdain for education and work ethic are their mantra.
Politicians and national/local leaders have not shouldered the courage to address this root cause standing in the way of people who seek the freedom to succeed.
Cultural change and education are the pathway. Regardless of our race, we as American citizens need to mentor and amicably work as partners to eradicate the culture of violence and despair, which enable a great divide.
Together we shall stand.
Chuck Grelecki, Crown Point
Congress must wake up to realities of gun violence
Another mass murder/injuries because of gun violence happened, this time in Vegas. I don't get it. Does the Second Amendment mean assault rifles, allowing the mentally ill to carry or allowing silencers?
I really thought when all the children in Newtown were murdered, that would've been the beginning of sensible gun legislation.
Why are we paying our representatives in Congress to do absolutely nothing? They all should be ashamed. It's a disgrace that you have to worry about going out and possibly getting killed.
I don't know what it will take for the country to wake up and start acting civilized. This is the 21st century, not the Wild West. Wake up, people!
Ann Farmer, Whiting
Bump stocks get unwitting bump in notoriety
Bump stock? Huh?
I had never heard of it before media reports, and I bet every gangbanger had never heard of it either.
But I'll bet every one of them owns one now — at least until they're illegal.
Carl Stahulak, Crete
Don't sacrifice citizens' health for Trump victory
Just what has the Senate GOP shown the American people? Nothing. They just want to take away from those who cannot afford insurance coverage.
Rather than let a victory go that would let President Donald Trump and Republican leaders claim redemption on their repeal and replace effort, let's think of all our people. It's all about a Trump victory and an accomplishment — something he has yet to do.
Bernie Begolke, Valparaiso
Avoid human tragedy of expelling 'dreamers'
During the past few weeks, the nation’s attention has been captured by tragedies and crises in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and Las Vegas.
Though many tragedies cannot be entirely prevented, some human tragedies are avoidable. For example, the effects of the cancellation of the program that protects young immigrants who were brought here as children can be legislatively fixed.
We can avoid sending hundreds of thousands of educated young workers into hiding or to countries that are not their homes. We can avoid tearing apart families serving the general national interest by their paying taxes, lawful living and social contributions.
Multiple bipartisan proposals are in Congress now to provide “dreamers” the opportunity to earn legal status and citizenship. There are still five months to avoid the foreseeable human tragedy, but Congress needs to hear from us to get it done. Join me and contact your representatives and senators.
Daniel Roels, Lansing
NFL players should get off knees, get out their wallets
I read an article in your sports section (B2-Digest), and I am mad at the NFL players who take a knee during our national anthem. Do they think this does any good? They disrespect the flag and the song that gives them the opportunity to play a kid's game and make a lot of money, instead of getting a real job and making little money.
Let me tell them this: Get off your knee, get out your wallets, and do some real good. Send one-third of your money to the failing schools and communities.
So the next time you feel like taking a knee, take two knees and thank the good Lord up above you live in America.
Joe Carlson, Portage
Senators shouldn't ask nominees about religion
On Sept. 6, Amy Coney Barrett was questioned on her religion by U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin, which, in my opinion, is a clear violation of Article VI of the Constitution. You cannot question a person’s religion on nomination.
I have written twice to both Sens. Joe Donnelly and Todd Young, on Sept. 10 and Sept. 27, for a response and any sanctions they would propose for this conduct. I have yet to hear a response.
I am trying to be a good citizen and proud believer in our Constitution.
I will send along a response if I get one.
Joseph F. Lisak, Crown Point