Dan, you're off base
Dan Smith, who writes a weekly column "Land Lines" on fishing for your paper, should not have been given his column space in the Jan. 11 edition to express his views on the shooting in Newtown, Conn.
He may be an expert on fishing, but when it comes to safety of our children in this country, he is only expressing his opinion, and does not have the requisite background to discuss this issue.
For him to state: "Many of the shooters were lacking a solid father figure. I think the real trouble began when the American housewife entered the workplace." And continued with: ". . .but children raised in daycare cannot have the family values of a household anchored by a stay at home mom. There is no substitute for a nurturing mother."
Oh really? My daughter (who is a very nurturing mother) has a 3-year-old son in daycare, and I guarantee that his "values" are being taught by her and her husband on a daily basis.
The rest of the column is much the same, uniformed and misguided personal opinions.
Danny Caverly, New Smyrna Beach
Congratulations to Dan Smith for hitting the bulls-eye with his article, "The roots of random murder in the U.S." It saddens me to admit this, but my depression age generation certainly did produce a post war "me" generation. We did not intend to do it, but we did.
Then we had to stand by as the post war "me" parents produced a generation of offspring without the solid structure of a two parent home with a stay-at-home mom. On top of this our public schools and colleges constantly encourage less and less personal responsibility for our grandchildren.
Obviously this has led to ever increasing senseless violence. Let it be known that society was much safer when Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and the Lone Ranger wore six shooters on their hips. I don't believe we will be safe until all law abiding citizens have the right to carry hand guns on our hips again. Only then will we be surrounded by "safe zones."
William A. Cummins, Port Orange