Letters to the Editor

Posted: December 27, 2012

Great breakfast  with Santa

My daughter and I attended the Sherando High School Band’s Pancake Breakfast with Santa.

It was an incredible event with spirited students providing exciting activities for children. I know that the reindeer had no trouble finding our house with the food created, Santa knew what to bring from the letter-writing station and our tree is more beautiful with the ornaments made.

Santa was perfect in all ways. Thank you, Sherando band students. for helping bring Christmas cheer and joy into our lives.

Shelly Pine

Berryville

Agreement on gun control issues

Laurine Kennedy, Clarke County public library chief, is to be congratulated for her sensible views on the gun issue published here (“Not confiscation, just good sense,” Dec. 20).

Mrs. Kennedy and I often have opposite views on policy issues, as she is liberal and I’m conservative. But, we’re in complete accord on this one.

Our views probably coincide with the six-point plan “to stop gun madness” offered by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Reinstitute the ban on manufacture and sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips (the George W. Bush administration assault-weapons ban that expired in 2004).

Fix the broken background check system as nearly half of U.S. gun sales occur online and at gun shows without any background check of purchasers in order to prevent sales to those with criminal records, the mentally ill, minors, and domestic abusers.

Make illegal gun trafficking a felony and stiffen penalties for illegal use and possession of guns.

Convince President Obama to fill the director vacancy at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

President Obama should direct the Justice Department to step up prosecution of gun criminals who try to buy firearms illegally.

Federal and state governments also should crack down especially on “rogue gun dealers” who are not legitimate sellers and traffic guns illegally.

George Archibald

Berryville