Letters to the editor

Gun control is needed

In December 2012, two men — one in China and the other in the United States — entered elementary schools with weapons and attempted to murder students.

The man in the U.S. was armed with guns and shot 20 children.

None survived.

The man in China was armed with a knife and stabbed 22 children.

They all survived.

It is a favorite argument of those who oppose gun control that “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”

These nearly simultaneous, nearly identical incidents and their very different outcomes appear to suggest otherwise.

In 1996, after a massacre that left 35 people dead, Australia banned semi-automatic and automatic rifles and shotguns.

As a result, the firearm homicide rate fell by 59 percent without a parallel increase in non-firearm homicides and suicides.

These two examples show that gun control is justified.

In this day and age, there is no need for citizens to own semiautomatic or automatic firearms. Gun control is justified and needed.

Allen Anderson

Bend

Unfair practices at St. Francis

I am not a member of St. Francis Church nor a Catholic. However, I do live in Bend and am concerned about the injustice that has befallen one of its leaders, Father James Radloff.

This fall, Father Radloff was relieved of his duties and not allowed to have further contact with his parish.

At the time of his dismissal, it was announced that he had “done nothing illegal and is a priest in good standing.”

If this is true, then why after three months hasn’t Father Radloff’s parish or the people of Bend been informed of the wrongdoing committed to prompt such a harsh punishment from his superiors?

Not only is this unjust to the parishioners of St. Francis, it is unjust to the people of Bend and most importantly to Father Radloff as he cannot do what he has been trained and ordained to do.

I am requesting the powers that be show everyone involved in this wrongdoing the respect they deserve and put an end to this travesty.

Please, let Father Radloff return to his church and congregation. Most of all, please let Father Radloff return to his calling — doing the work of God.

Glenda Peirce

Bend

Still waiting for Radloff’s return

And may I say not very patiently. Our wonderful Father James Radloff was forced to leave us without so much as a goodbye, and we are supposed to go on like nothing happened.

Well, something very bad happened and it needs to be righted.

Without explanation or even consideration on the part of parishioners, Bishop Liam Cary did a very grievous thing by making Fr. James Radloff leave.

Cary countered by saying “he’s a priest in good standing and has done nothing illegal.”

There is something very wrong with this picture.

Pope Francis has been encouraging transparency, and this needs to apply to the Diocese of Baker and Bishop Liam Cary.

In my opinion, this act was a total abuse of power. With power comes great responsibility and should be used with dignity and grace.

This was not the case here.

Father James Radloff needs to be returned to St. Francis of Assisi here in Bend.

It is the right and just thing to do.

Victoria Come

Bend