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Just Sayin': Guns have made this a different world

James Arness, right, as U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon

James Arness, right, as U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon in the long-running "Gunsmoke," with Hick Hill. Credit: CBS via AP/Harold Filan

Guns have made this a different world

We have always seen shootings on television. In the 1950s and ’60s there was "Gunsmoke." Matt Dillon faced the "bad guys" before the show ended, had their shootout and the town was saved.

As a child, I would think to myself how glad I was that I didn’t live in the Old West. Wouldn’t want any part of a life with guns blazing and people getting shot. Then I would think, "It’s just TV, it’s not real."

We grew up watching guns in the hands of cowboys, policewomen ("Cagney and Lacey"), and today, television’s longest-running crime drama, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

Everyone who had a gun held it for a purpose, to uphold the law and protect the innocent. Today there are shootings for self-gratification or a moment of fame. Innocent schoolchildren, people at work, movies, bars, concerts . . . anywhere and everywhere. For no good reason.

There is no Matt Dillon to fix this society. Someone come and save us. The bad guys aren’t going away. There are more shootings and more guns being sold. I didn’t plan on this kind of a world when I was 7.

— Phyllis Weinberger, Valley Stream

Update LIE signs for better readability

The exit signs on the Long Island Expressway were designed in the 1950s and are outdated. Vehicle speeds today are much higher and sign readability at these speeds isn’t what it used to be. It is difficult to read these signs on a sunny, glaring sky, and there’s not enough contrast between the signs’ light green background and white lettering.

These obsolete signs should be replaced with a more practical design, a darker background and larger, white lettering more easily read from a distance.

— Benjamin Beekman, Woodbury

Hold on! Am I only one despising this?

Am I alone in objecting to the unrelenting music and announcements when one is placed on hold?

I think the noise has been developed to wear you down, so that you will hang up. If enough of us objected, maybe we could have some blessed silence when we are forced to wait on hold.

— Joan Nelson, Ridge

Voters have lost faith in election results

Voters know their individual votes won’t make a huge difference in election results, but voting allows citizens to cast ballots for leaders whom they want to represent them. That plays a huge role in democracy.

The reason for the lost faith after the 2020 presidential election is a belief by many that elections are corrupt. These citizens have a choice to vote, but they feel their votes are constrained by external factors over which they have zero control.

If we know why people are losing faith in voting, it makes it easier to find the solution.

— Brett Anderson, Commack

Hoping to see happy days here again

Does anyone remember the days when we elected politicians to represent the people, not their parties’ agenda? When laws were actually agreed to and passed in a united way? Hopefully, we can see that happen once again.

— Alexander Swiderski, Levittown