2018-03-08 / Viewpoint


Letters to the editor

More preventative measures needed to end school gun violence

Some mass killers are crazy, and some are not. It is useful to analyze why mass killers become mass killers in the hopes of identifying them before their killing rampages begin. If there is a problem with recognizing mental illness or failure to act on those mentally ill who exhibit signs of tending toward violence, we should seriously examine why that is and correct the problem. For those who are not crazy, we should be looking for common traits or actions preceding the attacks and determine if anything could have been done to detect or predict the attacks and again determine if anything could be done ahead of time to stop the attacks.

This discussion may help us develop some ways to prevent the killings before they begin. However, no matter how good we become at identifying and stopping would-be mass killers, some will slip through the cracks. Those who escape detection will proceed to carry out their killing of the innocent in our schools.

When all the preventive measures fail and the killer is inside the school, all analysis and restrictions will have failed. At this point the bacon is in the f ire, and innocent children are about to be killed. Now, what do we do?

In all prior massacres, the children and their teachers have taken various defensive actions. None of these actions have worked to any desirable degree. They may lessen the carnage, but they do not stop the carnage. Do you not think it is time to try something different?

Massacres will not stop in our schools until the killer is met at the door with armed resistance. To be effective, that resistance must come from within the school. That means armed individuals within the school who will act with their firearms to stop the killer in his tracks. I cannot understand why those of good will who want to end the violence in our schools cannot see the logic of this solution. To seek preventive measures is good. Why not embrace this preventive measure, as a last resort, that has the best chance of prevention?

Paul Hammond,


Theodoroff appointment was wrong

I’m very upset with the recent appointment that the Davison School Board has made, and I think it is a step backwards for our children. Doug Theodoroff was voted out of office in 2014 as an incumbent School Board member. Yes, Andrew Hall replaced him but that doesn’t mean he deserves back on because Hall resigned.

Despite his resume of working for (Dale) Kildee or being a lawyer, the voters voted him out of office in 2014 for a reason. Mr. Theodoroff also ran for County Commissioner and lost – giving us Pegge Adams. According to an online article of The Davison Index, 10 people applied for the Board of Education. Ten! That’s a big number for an appointment for a board that runs uncontested every election.

Also, Mr. Theodoroff was sent for a full board interview. Why interview if you are only sending one? Talk about pre-planned! At least three other people should have been sent for an interview out of the 10. Only Doug was interviewed? Doesn’t make sense.

In my opinion, what does make sense is this School Board is a good ole boy network. All doing whatever it takes to get their selected people in office. I wouldn't be surprised to see them all join forces in this upcoming election to keep that good ole boy network going. This time we have our eyes open.

After two resignations in four months from the Davison Board of Education, I’m starting to wonder what’s going on. As a voter, I'm looking forward to cleaning house in the November election.

Ann E. Melinbrink,

Davison Township

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