The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 30, 2012

Acts of infamy


DANVILLE — Editor:

I am quite conservative politically, and proud of that fact. I have no reason to apologize for it. Yet some of Patrick Buchanan’s opinions bother me.

However, his column on mass murderers — Adam Lanza of the recent Newtown, Conn., massacre, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris of Columbine, even Charles Manson and Osama bin Laden, was right on the money.

These outcasts of this crazy world seek attention and fame. They certainly receive it — in fame (infamy) at the cost of how many innocent lives?

Their heinous crimes inspire films and documentaries no differently that Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” or 1967’s glamorized “Bonnie and Clyde.” Several others have followed in their wake.

Then, ultimately, just like Adolf Hitler, their deeds end in a “last hurrah” act of sheer cowardice — they turn their violence on themselves.

Charles Manson has it made in prison. He knows he can never be put to death. In fact, he once said years ago that he didn’t want out.

We could get into lengthy discussions about gun control and mental illness — I have dealt with both my entire life — but let us suffice it to say that these evildoers — and some who are still out there on the streets — may have escaped judgment in this life, but I would certainly not want to be where they are now before the Great Judge in eternity.

Tobi Peck


Put guards in schools


How would you place the order of importance in the following list of places we should protect from terrorist attacks?

People within airports.

People within courthouses.

People within Social Security offices.

People within VA hospitals.

People within most state and federal buildings.

People within many of our banks.

People within many of our larger corporations.

Kids and teachers within our schools.

All but one of these has trained armed guards and metal detectors. In all but one of these, we hear of no mass killings. Is it just me or might we have the answer to fixing the senseless violent attacks on our children?

What’s good enough for them is good enough for our kids. Please attend the next school board meeting and demand our kids be given the same level of protection we give CEO’s and elected officials.

If we can bail out Wall Street with billions of dollars, we can spend a little extra to save our children.

This is a win-win scenario. Everybody wins, protecting both our kids and our Second Amendment at the same time. Plus, think of the added jobs it would produce if we put trained police officers inside every school building in the country.

And who knows? Armed police officers might just stop some of the drug dealing and bullying that goes on in our schools.

Ron Johnson