READERS WRITE: SEPT. 25

Liberals’ policies, not guns, to blame for gun ‘crisis’

A recent letter asserted, “No easy solution for U.S. firearms crisis” (Readers Write, Sept. 9). On the contrary, we have a behavior crisis. In decades past, firearms were more easily available to the public than presently. Not once did the six guns in my room fire on their own. That fact has not changed. Today’s crisis is due to the lifting of society’s “guardrails” and standards since the 1960s, the fruits of President Johnson’s “Great Society” program and Democrats’ attacks on Americanism and God. Religion is being replaced with atheism. Some look to gangs for stability, while others take refuge in video games, anti-social websites and anti-American political causes. The “firearms crisis” is a smokescreen to divert attention from a nationwide conversation about the real issues facing America that contribute to societal disintegration. – EDWARD WATKINS, LILBURN

Transit indeed should be part of new Gulch project

Former Atlanta City Council member Doug Alexander is right about a plan for the Gulch needing a multimodal terminal (“Council should take time to get Gulch deal right,” Opinion, Sept. 16). With the growing realization that alternatives to the automobile are essential for cities to remain viable, Atlanta would be remiss in not making provisions for light rail, heavy rail and bus connection in a central location. It was the city, along with Fulton and DeKalb counties that launched MARTA. Though it has taken years to begin to realize the beneficial development of that transit spine, it is happening. Former councilman Alexander was right to bring up some history. I commend the City Council for taking time to make a major decision. The committees have a lot to consider, and the process should be allowed to proceed.

ALIDA C. SILVERMAN, ATLANTA

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