Getting to the truth on gun control
The issue of gun control continues to be a contentious subject. At present, the right to personally own firearms remains extrant. That right, or modification of that right, will inexorably be an editorial topic on an ongoing basis.
It is important, and in my opinion vital, that there be access to the press (The Fourth Estate) for an intellectual exchange of accurate information and thoughtful, impartial analysis to arrive, hopefully, at the truth. What I find, however, is often an angry exchange of accusations (often ad-hominem) and competing statistics to gain support for one side or the other.
In interpreting what we hear or read, it might be of benefit to keep in mind the following categories of everyday parlance and communications.
My interpretation of a discussion is that it represents an intelligent exchange of opinions and understanding with others in order to achieve increased knowledge and information to arrive at a conclusion and possible solution.
An argument currently conveys an angry or snarky exchange that never results in a solution or increase of knowledge and always results in hurt feelings or possible loss of friendship.
A debate is a presentation of slanted material in order to gain support for a specific issue or cause.
I suppose what I am trying to say is that the gun control issue should be discussed in order to arrive at the truth.
James M. Gibbons, Jr., M.D.
BOE should consider solar panels now
Regarding the article in the Gazette: "Nine Kanawha County schools to get new roofs."
Wouldn't it be a good time for the BOE to consider the installation of solar panels?
Schools no longer teach cursive writing
West Virginia is one of the majority of states which are eliminating the teaching of cursive writing in public elementary schools.
Fortunately there are states which are not making what I believe is a mistake. Those states will continue teaching both cursive and electronic methods.
I believe they will not regret that decision.