Escaped prisoner Danelo Cavalcante has been captured, much to everyone’s relief. The colorful story of his terrible escape trail filled the Reading Eagle each day, as the newspaper faithfully kept us aware of the potential danger. But the backstory of criminal activity we see day after day should be more detailed, more graphic.
An exception to this was Clarence Page’s Sept. 9 column (“Inside an active shooter lockdown”). He told of an Aug. 28 incident at the University of North Carolina. A professor was fatally shot, and the campus went on lockdown. Fear and apprehension gripped the student body along with their parents as they heard or didn’t hear from their kids.
We are suffering a surge in gun violence. Legislation lags. We need to be in touch about this regularly. How about some protest marches on Washington?
In essence we’re in the thrall of the National Rifle Association and the influence it exerts through generous donations to some legislators.
Too many of the shootings we hear about involve the young: teenagers. This needs our attention. The situation is unacceptable.
Nancy J. Knoblauch
Source: Berkshire mont