Will the red light cameras ever get operating again at Biddle and McAndrews? I called about them and was told they are too expensive to operate — I see one camera off post and another camera and post is gone since the new turn lane is being put in. It's a dangerous intersection full of red light runners.
Tim George, take our city back. I was told, "we can't be everywhere." I agree, but give it a better shot, please. — Richard Golphenee, Medford
Chicago had the highest "death-by-gun" statistic in the country last year. The city recorded 513 homicides in 2012, up 15 percent over 2011. And 2013 doesn't look any better. So far this year it has outpaced last January. Nearly 2,700 people were shot during the same time frame.
Chicago also is totally controlled by Democratic politicians, including the current Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was previously President Obama's chief of staff.
The Democratic Party has advocated stricter and stricter gun control. Now we have Vice President Biden and his committee, hard at work developing new methods of controlling guns and the deaths they cause. Seems appropriate to me that we should take whatever the vice president comes up with and implement it in Chicago. Do a trial there for a couple of years and if the plan proves to be successful, perhaps we can consider adopting it nationwide. — M.N. Hauser, Central Point
In the Jan. 4 Since You Asked column "Trapping cats is legal in Jackson County," the writer expressed concern about his/her cat being caught in a baited trap in freezing weather, which could have led to the cat's death.
In Phoenix in recent months, an ad hoc committee made up of the city attorney, city manager and citizens representing both cat owners and trappers met several times with the goal of creating a cat-trapping ordinance. The ordinance would have, among other things, established regulations regarding trapping, e.g., provided a definition of a nuisance cat and required trapping to be humane. After several revisions and the expenditure of more than $5,000 in attorneys fees, the proposed ordinance was presented to the council on Dec. 17, 2012. The council voted 3-2 not to adopt it.
Phoenix could have been a progressive and innovative city by adopting such an ordinance. Instead, the council sank to the level of the Great White Hunter mentality and maintained the status quo. The simplistic notion that all of the 86 million owned cats in the U.S. should be kept indoors is naive and unrealistic, and is contrary to the nature of the majority of cats, who prefer to be outdoors. — Steve Kious, Phoenix
I wish to express my thanks for the nice lady who paid for my items at the dollar store when I was in line behind her and realized I had left my wallet in another purse. It's nice to know people care. I didn't get your name, but I hope you will see my thank-you. — E. Conover, Central Point