Data on mass shootings came from Crime Prevention Research Center

Nightclub Shooting Florida-12

Recent letters are critical of my March 27 letter on gun violence and the Million Mom March (“Statistics about gun violence are fake news,” April 8, and “Guns do kill people. That’s why the military issues firearms,” March 29) so I am compelled to respond and note that...


Guns don't kill people. Evil people kill people

BZ 031418 Weber High School Walkout 08

American students are walking out of school to protest gun violence. They are not angry about a person who killed 17 people, but instead they are upset about inanimate objects — guns. Not one gun has ever pulled its own trigger and killed someone. There are no evil guns. There are evil people....


Former prisoner's column in the S-E teaches us to be less judgmental

BD 010418 Brian Wood 02

I am writing to thank the Standard-Examiner for allowing Brian Wood to continue to write his weekly column after being released from prison. As a retired educator, I always did my best to teach my students "there are two sides to every situation." I believe it is educational for “us,”...


Ultimately, users are responsible for their opioid overdose deaths

Purdue Pharma Opioids

This letter is regarding the heightened publicity about the rising numbers of deaths caused by overdosing on opioids (legal and/or illegal). I am very concerned about the current push to force pharmaceutical companies to halt manufacture of opioid pain medications such as oxycodone, Dilaudid,...


Teachers are overworked, underpaid and underequipped

Teachers Strike Jersey City

Before being invited to teach at Weber State University, I taught American history at Ben Lomond High School for three decades. I’ve never forgotten that, at least 15 years after Neil Armstrong put his footprints there, the textbook I was required to use said: “Someday man will land on...


Statistics about gun violence are fake news

Guns Lawsuit

John Reynolds just made my head explode again. I not only suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome, I am someone who relies on “shibboleths” — fake news (“Guns haven’t killed anyone. They aren’t the problem,” March 27). Reynolds claims knives kill five times...


UTA could service Weber County routes with smaller buses

BZ 121817 UTA Bus 03-2

I hope the advertising on the sides of Utah Transit Authority buses is profitable because hauling passengers sure isn't. It’s not hard to see these fuel-sucking, polluting buses are roaming around Weber County all day and night with two or three passengers at any given time — or just...


A red cane is similar to a white cane, so pay attention

Blind pedestrian with cane

Recently I noticed a man with a red cane. This was the first time I’d seen a red cane. The way he maneuvered it ahead of his person suggested it had the same meaning as a white cane — that is, that the man was visually challenged. And so my message to the general public is that if you...


Shopping in Utah is an ordeal for Layton woman and her brother


Is there any place in Utah where eating and shopping can be done in peace? Without the excessively loud little girl’s noise that can not be tolerated by anyone over the age of 13? My brother and I go out to eat and are asked what children's drinks we want — lemonade, Coke or other...


Automakers need to develop phone transmission blocking system

Texting and driving

Distracted driving is a major cause of accidents. Texting and cell phone use while driving are major causes of distraction. Laws against texting/cell phone use while driving are almost impossible for law enforcement to enforce. Why has not a texting/cell phone transmission blocking system been...

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