The Block Island Times

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 19, 2013

Jan 22, 2013

To: the Editor —

Sometimes while reading, one comes across a phrase that speaks so perfectly to a thought one happens to be entertaining that all one can say is, “yes!” It was so with me yesterday after having read Peter Voskamp’s fine piece in your paper awarding this year’s Bayberry Wreath to the originators of ConserFest. The phrase that so struck me belongs to Ralph Waldo Emerson: “An institution is the lengthening shadow of one man.” The institution that Peter’s piece suggested is Block Island conservation, and the pillar that cast the lengthening shadow is, of course, Captain Rob Lewis.

P.S. Wood

Old Mill Road

To: the Editor —

Like most Americans I was filled with both sorrow and anger at the massacre of innocent children in Newtown, Connecticut.

How many more mass shootings will it take to do what is necessary to prevent these tragedies?

The United States has by far the highest gun violence rate in the developed world.

There is no excuse for readily available assault weapons or the type of gun clips used in Newtown. We must also require background checks prior to the purchase of any gun, anywhere.

I’m grateful that my Congressman, Jim Langevin, has been taking an important role in the effort to end gun violence.

Jim Langevin almost lost his life, and certainly had it greatly altered, by a gun accident. He is serving on the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and is sponsoring legislation to prevent abuse in gun sales.

I hope his efforts, along with our entire Washington delegation, will lead to more stringent gun regulations, and to a much needed strengthening of our woefully inadequate mental health care system.

The only good that can come out of the all too often mass murders such as Newtown is the national will to block the powerful gun lobby and do what is necessary to end gun violence.

Catherine Collette

Charlestown, R.I.

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