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May. 12, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

2nd Amendment clear on 'controls'

The title to an article by John Patrick Grace ("Gun control should have sensible limits") in The Herald-Dispatch on April 16 was grossly misleading. The article was not at all about limiting gun control, but a laundry list of restrictions the writer would impose on gun ownership.

The prevailing theme of this and other published opinions by proponents of gun control is that those who advocate limits on gun ownership are reasonable and their proposals sensible, while those who insist on preserving intact the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms are unreasonable, selfish and insensitive.

Advocates of 2nd Amendment gun rights are faulted for their unwillingness to compromise on "sensible" gun control measures. The 2nd Amendment states, in the clearest of language, that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Any agreement, sensible or otherwise, to limit the right to keep and bear arms is an "infringement" of that right. And once that lock has been broken, no one should be surprised to learn that that there is no infringement that cannot be justified, until the debate becomes whether the corpse of the 2nd Amendment should be buried or cremated.

Lawrence L. Pauley


May God bless mothers every day

Mothers are God's chosen teachers of love. Love at its best is acceptance of diversity. Respect for others and their uniqueness is the key which will open the doors of world's peace.

God's plan for diversity is written in all forms of life and every corner of the universe. Rejection of diversity and lack of respect for others have stained the pages of the book of human history with bigotry, slavery, holocausts, inquisitions, discrimination for age, color of skin, physical appearance, gender, religious beliefs, nationality, spoken language, etc.

Mothers have been blessed with natural qualities of unconditional love, empathy, compassion and patience, which enable them to teach children the golden lessons of peace, namely, respect for the sanctity of life and the uniqueness of others. Those invaluable teachings will put an end to mankind's recurrent setbacks, where dreams and hopes for world's peace are being shattered again and again by man's senseless and destructive choice of walking the old non-progressive and fruitless road of prejudicial rejection.

May God Almighty bless each and all mothers of the world, at Mothers Day and always, and may each one of us citizens of the world pledge to protect with love, devotion and respect all mothers and their mission as teachers of peace.

Dr. Frank Rivas


Marshall, Artists Series offer many experiences

In their letter published April 28, Anna Lafferre and Sarah Walling responded to an earlier writer's suggestion that we live in a cultural wasteland by providing many good examples of enriching experiences available to our local citizens.

I was particularly pleased to see the Marshall Artists Series mentioned. MAS has been bringing extraordinary performances to Huntington for over 75 years, and the future is bright for the Artists Series and our community. The Artists Series staff responds to multiple constituencies and offers a broad selection of programming. There is something for just about everyone.

Through the Marshall Artists Series, the School of Art and Design, and the School of Music and Theatre, the College of Fine Arts at Marshall University offers well over 150 events a year. The recently concluded and wildly successful Marshall University Theatre production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" is a fine example of quality student and faculty work that is showcased frequently and available to the public. Regional, national and international artists' performances and exhibitions regularly complement those of our students and faculty and all are available to the public. Add to what the arts offer all the visiting writers presented by the Department of English and the scholars, scientists and leading thinkers presented by multiple disciplines across campus, and you have a stimulating array of opportunities at the university from which to choose.

The critique I hear is that frequently there are too many offerings on any given day in our community and that those of us who present programming should get together and do a better job of scheduling. In my estimation that is a good problem to have and suggests that, if you look, you will find many opportunities for enrichment.

Donald Van Horn

Dean, College of Fine Arts

Marshall University



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