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January 11, 2013

Readers' Forum 1-11 | Kudos to coach Bailey, Richland football

— Congratulations to the Richland football team and Brandon Bailey and his coaching staff for an outstanding season.

We in the Richland community are thankful that Bailey has brought some of that Forest Hills magic to Richland. The football program is once again competitive.

To the Richland businessman who a few years ago led people down the wrong road by trying to oust Bailey as coach, shame on you.

Bailey was named coach of the year two years in a row in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference – need more be said?

The effort to oust Bailey is more evidence that parents should stay out of the coaching business unless they are coaches.

Charles Puckey, a longtime and very successful coach at Richland, said it best: “When it comes to parents who hinder coaches, I did not go to the parents’ place of employment and tell them how to do their jobs. They should not come to my place of employment and tell me how to do my job.”

Well said, coach.

Keep it rolling, Rams.

Dwight Kauffman


‘Termites’ chew away at Constitution

This is to address Ron Stephenson’s Jan. 4 Readers’ Forum letter, “Tribune-Democrat’s gun stance blasted,” and to defend The Tribune-Democrat and the National Rifle Association.

Stephenson refers to The Tribune-Democrat as making idiotic statements, and to us law-abiding gun owners as gun nuts. I guess he’s putting us all in the same boat. As President Reagan used to say, “There you go again.”

Society seems to have a name for everything, so I’ll start a new name. We can call people “termites.” We all know what a termite does – it destroys.

History tells us that we wouldn’t have our Constitution without the Bill of Rights. Most of us understand that the Second Amendment has nothing to do with the hunting or sporting purpose of a firearm.

Someone said that when the Second Amendment was written, all we had were single-shot muskets. Yes, but so did the tyrants.

We who have fought for this country have given everyone the right to voice his or her opinion.

If it were my child who was killed, I would be devastated and want revenge.

The mother who allowed her mentally ill son access to her firearms, and the son who did this terrible act, are both dead.

If the termites of our society continue to chew at our Constitution, it will be destroyed. Then what?

There is a big difference between the sane and the insane. The sane know the difference between right and wrong.

So we must ask ourselves, am I a termite?

Ken Buck


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