“Well, the rifleman’s stalking the sick and the lame Preacherman seeks the same, who’ll get there first is uncertain.”
— Bob Dylan, Jokerman

Violent predator preys on the weak/community shocked by bloody massacre. Commonplace headlines no longer shock us as outrageous acts of evil overlap one another, each more wicked than the last.

Perhaps you’ve never heard of Christchurch, New Zealand, until Brenton Tarrant entered a mosque and opened fire, killing many.

As a Christian, I weep with those who have suffered this latest act of violence.

Oh, that the swords were plowshares! The first reaction of reasonable people is to cry out for someone to stop the carnage, to bring order. Usually this means an outcry for government to make new laws restricting gun ownership. Yet with all the actions taken by government to limit guns, the violence never stops.

Independent Minds (April 27, 2018), a UK media outlet, asked why knife violence is rising so rapidly even among the very young. The UK has been very progressive with laws restricting weapons, like a complete gun ban.

The Washington Post observes, “As Britain cracks down on weapons, criminals turn to acid attacks” (Aug. 26, 2017). No knives, then acid. No acid, then bamboo spears, or Molotov cocktails and rocks. The murderous are resourceful; there is no shortage of violence in the human heart.

Would-be shooters target schools, but never police precincts and shooting ranges. They prey on the weak — not the strong.

The answer is to strengthen the weak, not to weaken everyone in hopes that violence will disappear. As the old American proverb goes, “God created men, and Samuel Colt made them equal.” Even if the world was as secure as a prison, violence would remain in the hearts of man.

Strengthen the feeble, do not enfeeble the strong.

Dave Odegard




Chuck Gerringer (letter, March 18) seems to be misunderstanding something about millennials in regard to his comments about the salaries of the Marathon bigwigs.

I am not alone in feeling that I don’t care if I never make multiple millions of dollars a year. And, if you think millennials are beginning to embrace socialism because they want to be rich, you are grossly mistaken.

I want what everyone else wants: happiness and comfort. I don’t want to work 80 hours a week just so I can barely support my family. How is it fair to expect me to sacrifice precious time with my loved ones as well as the rest of my life to my job?

Those same Marathon higher-ups that Chuck fawns over in his letter would cut thousands of jobs in a blink if they knew it would increase their profits. I don’t want to be beholden to people like that.

I don’t want to sit at home and get a check in the mail every month just for existing, either. I want to work. I just want to be compensated fairly for my work, and I fail to see how that makes me some kind of communist.

Jake Laird




I see that the “pretty police” of Findlay have pounced upon their first two victims, but I am wondering why they neglected the elephant in the room.

I speak about the empty lot once occupied by the Argyle Building, now “hidden” behind a temporary fence covered by flapping blue tarps. Could it be that the targets picked do not have the resources to challenge them?

It seems a shame that two local entrepreneurs who occupy these buildings are targeted merely for cosmetic purposes. I can see a violation if the building presented a health or safety issue to the public, but a visual challenge to the eyes of a de-facto Home Owner’s Association seems a bit of a reach to me.

These property owners are trying, to the best of their ability, to secure their property for their current use, but evidently that is not enough for the pretty police.

Perhaps a grant should be included to cover the costs involved in replacing boarded-up windows and peeling paint to a level that will soothe the eyes and aesthetic values of the pretty police. If the property owners could afford the updates, I am sure they would have been accomplished by now.

Surely, there are more important matters for our community leaders to address than peeling paint and boarded-up windows that are no threat to the public, i.e., functionality of the pretty intersections downtown.

Don Kinn