Reader letters, Dec. 21

Dec 20, 2012

Phone camera can boost efficiency

To the editor:

This is in response to your request for productivity ideas. The camera on your cell phone can be a great productivity tool. Here are a few unusual ways you can use it:

1. If you’re in a waiting room reading a magazine and find a good recipe or tip, take a photo of it for future reference. Also works for newspaper clippings, books, shopping lists, handwritten notes, etc.

2. If you’re parking at a large mall, sports stadium, or airport, snap a picture of the section number or parking space number so you can find your car later.

3. Most hotels are now using key cards to unlock the door to your room. These usually don’t have the room number on them. Take a picture of the room number on your door before leaving for the day.

4. When you get one of those dreaded “blue-screen” error messages on your computer, take a picture of the screen so you can remember exactly what the message was.

5. If you need to disconnect the cables from your computer system or home theatre system, first snap a picture of  the connections so you can put it all back again.

6. Use your camera when you’re in a meeting to capture everything on the white board.

7. When travelling, photograph street maps, bus schedules, itineraries, shopping mall maps,  etc. so you have them immediately available. Zoom in on the photo for better detail.

8. Before going grocery shopping, take a picture of the inside of your fridge. Then, if you can’t remember if you need milk, you can just pull out your cell phone and check!

9. If you’re renting a car, photograph any dings or scratches before leaving the parking.

Gary Arrington


Where was God?

To the editor:

On the morning of Friday, Dec. 14, in Newtown, Connecticut, the most horrendous crime was committed killing innocent children and the adults guiding and protecting them from harms way. Someone, a demon impersonating a human being, broke into the school building and started shooting anyone in sight.

This is happening too many times — shopping centers, any street, public places, etc.  Everyone is crying and screaming

Everybody is crying and shouting “where is God?” when this happens. Did you not throw God out of public places and schools?

Elena Campbell



Massacre at school

To the editor:

We are all appalled and saddened by the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook School.  Why, does this happen?  How can we prevent future attacks?  It is asked, how can God let this happen?

That’s an easy answer, He’s not allowed in our schools.  Of course, we have to blame the guns.  They just go off by themselves and kill people.  Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.

These atrocities are committed by young males.  How much time do these males spend blowing people apart on their video games.  How about the violence in the movies and on TV?  Does anyone really think that this has no affect on young minds?

You hear daily about the problem of bullies in the schools, serious problems.  I believe you are seeing the complete melt-down of our culture of decency and love, a culture now of “me” and I must not be offended or I will make someone pay.

America is more concerned about making sure God is left out of everything.  Prayers can no longer be said by our government groups to open their meetings, graduation ceremonies must never even mention a hint of God in their speeches.  There are out and out attacks against Christmas, no Christmas carols, they are religious and must not pollute the ears of anyone who might be offended.  A Godless nation becomes violent. Can anarchy be far behind?

You can take away the guns, but you won’t stop the horrors without a standard of morality, a nation once again, under God.  Ronald Reagan said, a nation no longer under God, will be a nation gone under.

Arlene Hemm



Examine the Second Amendment

To the editor:

I’m a registered Republican, but enough already with the whining of the NRA and Second Amendment crybabies who want their supposed Constitutional rights protected at all costs! Haven’t they learned anything from Columbine, Virginia Tech, Newtown, and on and on?

The exact text of the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights says, “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.”

The key phrase is “well regulated.” Some would ask, “Regulated by whom?” That’s a reasonable question. But the point is that no one “needs” more than one gun.

There is no Constitutionally-guaranteed right for anyone to own multiple firearms. That right is solely for the purpose of defending this nation. It is not for any other purpose, including defending private property, hunting, or even for target shooting.

The problem is that there is practically no regulation whatsoever of the legal acquisition and collection of firearms in the U.S.And once a gun gets into public hands, it can go anywhere.

Arguments are made for and against adopting laws similar to those in other countries such as England and Japan where handguns are illegal. Opponents can attempt to twist the statistics any way they like, but this is the reality: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s ‘Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 1997’; 46, reported,

“The overall firearm-related death rate among U.S. children younger than 15 years of age is nearly 12 times higher than among children in 25 other industrialized countries combined” (pp. 101-105). Numbers don’t lie.

Guns represent ultimate power: control over life and death. The collateral damage coming as the cost for collectors’ imagined “right” to possess unlimited quantities of these murder machines is wholly unacceptable.

The NRA, dealers, collectors, lobbies, and other special interests haven’t done nearly enough to police themselves. Now is the time for the law to reign in the terror that will continue to grip America and will keep taking thousands of innocent young lives until their right to live trumps all other “rights.”

Don Ely

Lake Junaluska


Bring God back

To the editor:

Shouldn’t God and prayer be put back in schools? Hasn’t God been expelled long enough?

Betty Ray