Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 26, 2014

Jan. 26, 2014: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — ‘Harsh events callfor harsh measures’

Unfortunately, there has been another university shooting, now here in Indiana. So what do we do about ending this type of violence?

Well, getting rid of all the guns in the U.S. is not the answer; the gun-control liberals who have tried this should just abandon their fight, lick their wounds and move on. It seems that since total eradication of guns is not the answer, perhaps the removal of the desire to use weapons violently would be the best course.

With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, there are many Special Forces soldiers and Marines out of work. Why not use this suddenly unemployed resource to protect our future leaders being educated in our schools and universities?

When I was traveling through Israel a few years ago, I noticed a large group of small children walking to school one early morning in Jerusalem; interspersed among these children were several large special operators carrying all manner of weapons and harnesses in full view. I remember seeing the stern faces on these men and women, as if they were saying, “Nothing is going to happen to your children on my watch.”

Perhaps we can take a page from the Israeli protection playbook here. Have a huge, visible presence of highly trained people all over campus, essentially eliminating any thoughts of doing harm.

Without having to worry about violence in our schools, how many other problems can we solve? Harsh events call for harsh measures.

Brian Arias


All working adults deserve our respect

“If he, she or you do not go to college, you will be flipping hamburgers.” (How many times have you heard that one?) Or, “you will be digging ditches or you will be stuck in menial jobs”?

What a snobbish, judgmental society we live in today!

This writer, for one, is thankful for those who “flip burgers.” I like a good hamburger, and I appreciate the product that server provides.

What would we do if no one did it? What if our trash was left by the curb? These people are hard-working and trying to make a living. They are not sitting on their backsides wanting us to support them.

To this writer, these comments are just as bad as violating someone’s civil rights by placing them in a less looked upon class. Yes, you can better your opportunities by getting a good education, but that may not better you as a person. Anyone working should be respected and not ridiculed.

My favorite quote is from Martin Luther King Jr. It is as follows:

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

Enough said by a great man!

Garrett W. Floyd


We the people must oversee health care

I’ve never been fortunate enough to live overseas, so I can’t speak from experience to compare so-called socialized medical systems to the American system that’s controlled by health insurance companies with the noble goal of maximizing profits while using immoral practices that leave many, many Americans out in the cold.

I will say, and truly believe, it makes complete sense that any health care is better than none that more than 40 million in this country have been experiencing for decades.

Health care reform is long overdue to a system that just doesn’t work for many Americans and is in danger of imploding under the weight of cost increases and greed of those now in control: health insurance execs. While it’s true the uninsured can go to the emergency room for care and be billed twice what the insurance companies are charged or lose their life savings or home to pay for the bill, they fear the high cost and just don’t go, possibly putting their life on the line.

Almost universally those who have health insurance through their employer or can afford private insurance fear that reform to the system may affect their health care negatively. Concern for their own health care is understandable, but where was their concern all those decades when many Americans went without? They cry to keep our failing health care system, calling reform a step towards socialism, comparing it to other systems they say don’t work, while not suggesting any viable changes that will work.

Appropriate compassion would be for those who have suffered long or lost their homes because of no health care, not those wimps who cry because they might need to pay a little more or wait in line a little longer.

This battle to determine who will set health care rules is the spearhead in the war to determine who runs our country. Will the government, we the people, set the rules, or will a few wealthy people be allowed to use America’s health care system as their private cash cow?

Larry Brooks