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Sunday, July 7, 2013
Compromise is possible on guns
The “No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence” bus tour held a recent event in Blacksburg. Three of us, Clint Perdue, Derek Kolakowski and Scott Bailey, attended that event and met each other for the first time. We are each passionate regarding gun laws, two as advocates for gun rights and one for tighter restrictions. As passionate as we are regarding gun issues, we are more so for safety, especially for children. We spent time after the event discussing aspects of gun legislation and approaches to reducing violence.
These issues are complex and not easily solved. But they are not impossible. We found compromises we were each willing to make to reduce gun violence while still respecting the rights and traditions of those who choose to own firearms. We believe that if many more disagreeing people could speak civilly and substantively, we could reach a consensus that would benefit us all. We feel that our legislators need to stop their partisan bickering and petty political games and begin a constructive dialogue.
We write to urge everyone who feels strongly about gun laws or gun violence to advocate for such dialogue and demand it of our government. Our country and constitution were built on teamwork and compromise.
Evaluate parking one more time
Friends of Stadium Woods has learned that the area surrounding the woods and on one side of the old-growth trees will be used to park football team vehicles before and during games.
This issue received much publicity last season as the vehicles were parked on the root system of more than 300-year-old trees, and five people were arrested for protesting to protect the trees.
Although the revised plan is considered a compromise, the woods may very well be in jeopardy. Vehicles will be driven from the Cranwell Center parking area to the other end of the woods to a dedicated parking area with designated spaces. Even though it is stated that the vehicles must stay on the paved area, there is concern about enforcement of this policy. Also of concern is Area C, which is on the side of the path with the old growth trees, and there is a possibility that tree roots could be affected.
There is no substantive reason not to find another area on campus where these vehicles can be parked, and this very decision illustrates the obvious disregard the athletic department has in protecting an irreplaceable old growth urban forest area.
Vice President Sherwood Wilson should reconsider his decision to accept this new proposal, and in the true spirit of being a “Tree Campus,” protect the area known as Stadium Woods.
ROSEMARIE G. SAWDON
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