Claremont COURIER/Friday, March 29, 2013
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An unwelcome welcoming
Dear Editor:Yesterday afternoon a friend and I de-cided to go for a walk at a location we havebeen enjoying for years. Upon our arrivalat approximately 5:20 p.m., we noticedposted signs regarding a new parking feeto be imposed effective April 1, 2013.As we approached, we commented toeach other about all of the improvementsin the area and how nice it looked com-pared to our previous visits. Admittedly,we have not used the trail in some time.We continued through the gate and pro-ceeded on our hike. Along the way, westopped to look at a baby rattle snake andalso to rest and to enjoy the view at top of the trail. These events proved to be a mis-take because when we returned to leave,several police officers were at the gate is-suing tickets for not leaving the park be-fore closing. There were at least 50 hikersin line to receive the ticket.As the sun went down and it got darkerand colder, they called for reinforcementsto help move the line along. We counted 7officers involved in this ridiculous show.Yes, there is a sign at the gate with hoursposted. But
? A $50 ticket for stop-ping to enjoy the view and being 10 min-utes late?We won’t be using the trail again. Per-haps they should close the park at 5:30p.m. if they want you to be out by 6:30p.m.. In fact, there is a good chance I won’tbe in Claremont any time soon. Do theyreally need the money that badly?Ex-Claremont consumer,
Gary T. Griffen
Guns in the world
Dear Editor:I am concerned about the opposition togun control and am aware of the argumentthat it is a Constitutional right to bear arms.That provision in the Constitution has to dowith the militia, and now with police pro-tection I do not believe it applies to the gen-eral population. Also laws need to be stud-ied and contextualized.I also am aware of the statement, “Gunsdon’t kill, people do.” Unfortunately, aweapon is often needed and, when onethat can kill many in a matter of seconds isavailable, it is often the choice made.As a missionary in Japan for 40 years Ican testify to the safety of living in a nationthat has strict gun laws. Hunting rifles areallowed, but all other guns are not. WhenI was the director of a telephone counsel-ing service in Tokyo, I often took a nightshift, which meant that I arrived at thenearest station to my home at 11 p.m. I hada 20 minute walk with no fear. The num-ber of deaths by guns is minuscule com-pared to our record in the US, which ismore than those killed in battle.Do Japanese gangsters acquire guns?Yes, of course. But the number of guns inthe country is very small. Police carry gunsthat are covered so it is difficult to grab one.They are seldom used and when they arethe public protests. I don’t believe we everhad news of police wrongfully killing in-nocent victims.In war, the Japanese were armed andcommitted terrible crimes. In last night’snews I heard that over 200 of our soldiersin Korea have committed terrible crimesand are often not punished as they are triedby the military, not the Korean govern-ment. The crimes are probably often not byguns but are violent. We teach soldiers tobe violent, a necessity in war.In a conversation with Norwegianfriends when they were here last summer,I learned that the number of deaths by gunsin Norway is one-tenth per capita of that inthe US. The news about the killing of manyby a young man in Norway was a rare oc-currence.I am afraid that a law banning assaultweapons is not going to help that much asthere are so many guns already in circula-tion, but I believe we have to start some-where.
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Agendas for city meetings are avail-able at www.ci.claremont.ca.us
Tuesday, April 2
Planning CommissionCouncil Chamber, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3
Community & HumanServices CommissionCouncil Chamber, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 4
CUSD Board of EducationKirkendall Center, 6:30 p.m.
In the March 22nd edition of theCOURIER, the Our Town titled “CMC toreplace Ducey Gymnasium” incorrectlystates that the new gymnasium will be13,000 square feet. It should read that thenew athletic complex will be 130,000 squarefeet. We apologize for the error.
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