Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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Together we make Des Moines better

I just wanted to send a quick note of appreciation for the innovative approach to Chad Taylor’s feature story about the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival’s 10th Anniversary event (“Coming Up Roses,” Nov. 8). His story was well-written, and Kimberly and I enjoyed our time together during the interview process. Chad not only approached the story from its core elements, but also infused the sense of the Wild Rose helping to make this a stronger community, culturally speaking.                

Keep up the great work in encouraging and inspiring your team to deliver excellent content in Cityview. Your efforts most assuredly make this a much better community.

John Busbee
–Des Moines


A question in arms

Regarding the ongoing debate on gun control, the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”               

Obviously the need for a state militia has been replaced by the National Guard and Coast Guard whereby trained military personnel are entrusted with the defense of this country. Their weapons are tightly controlled and safeguarded. The only two reasons for a citizen to own a firearm are for hunting or defense from home intruders. In either case, ownership of a single-shot rifle is more than adequate. There is no need for any U.S. civilian to own weapons more powerful or sophisticated than this.               

Accordingly, all single-shot rifles must be licensed and registered to the degree necessary to match weapon to owner. If we had prevented the purchase of more sophisticated weapons, several innocent victims would have been saved. The question before the American people is: What are you prepared to do to prevent people who want to kill from obtaining rapid-fire weapons? It goes without saying that people kill people whether it be with a gun, automobile or some other means. This incident involving Adam Lanza appears to be the planned act of someone who was full of rage and evil behavior. Now that he is dead we can only speculate about his motives, and we are also left to grieve.

Joe Bialek
–Cleveland, Ohio


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