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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-01-2021

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20 LETTERS / CUMBERLAND APRIL 1-7, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION Kratman: Don't stand in the way of small laws that will keep people safer Campbell: Gun rights should have limits Paul: 'It is about making us all safe' I read with interest the article in this week's Breeze that outlined the resolution passed by the Lincoln Town Council. The council unanimously agreed to oppose the following bills (among others, which may or may not be a good idea): • House Bill 5386, prohibiting the purchase of a guns for another indi- vidual who cannot legally purchase one. – I have to ask here: What on what on Earth could a legal gun owner have against this bill? Is it OK to buy guns for folks that have been ordered not to have them? How does an "unfunded mandate" somehow make this a bad thing? Is the town of Lincoln somehow on the hook here? • House Bill 5553, requiring all guns within a home to be kept in a locked container or equipped with a tamper-resistant or mechanical lock; – This is a problem? Across the country, we see news about children accidentally shooting themselves and others. Again, what is the objection here? I'm pretty sure the Second Amendment doesn't say "The right to leave your loaded gun in a dan- gerously stupid place will not be infringed." You oppose an assault weapon ban? Fine, I'll buy that. You oppose banning large capacity clips? OK, there, too, I won't argue. But knee- jerk reactions to small laws that make people safer makes no sense. Either propose your own solutions or get out of the way. Don't stand in the way of small laws that will keep people safer. JOHN KRATMAN Lincoln I strongly decry the position of Ken Pichette, who was influenced by the Manville Sports Rod and Gun Cub, to send a pro-gun message to the Statehouse. As a resident of Manville for the last 34 years, I have had to listen to firearms being shot off every week- end at that club. I strongly disagree that Americans have a "right" to bear arms of any nature firing off rounds of unlimited ammunition. I support the Statehouse's interest in limiting large capacity feeding devices and assault weapons and applaud regulations to require lock- ing guns in homes, prohibiting proxy sale of firearms, and background mental health checks. MIRIAM CAMPBELL Manville I am writing in response to the article "Lincoln council opposes gun control legislation" (March 25-31). I certainly understand a person's wish to have a handgun for protection or sport, but I don't understand why someone needs assault weapon to do that. I suppose you could argue that both sides of the gun control issue are taking an extreme position here. If the Lincoln Town Council pre- fers "legislating from … the brain," they should check out national poll numbers favoring more gun legislation or the number of people dying by their own guns. Many years ago, drivers complained about safety belts, and now people recognize that regulating driving a motor vehicle is not infringing on the rights of law biding citizens. It is about making us all safe. MICHAEL PAUL Lincoln Yard waste collection starts next week in Cumberland CUMBERLAND – Weekly curb- side collection of yard waste will begin in Cumberland next Monday, April 5. The collection of yard waste during the spring will continue until June 11. Yard waste collection dur- ing the summer months will resume on a bi-weekly basis starting on June 21. Updates regarding the summer and fall collection schedules wil be advertised at a later date. Residents are advised that yard waste bags placed on the street before the start-up date will not be picked up. This year residents will also be able to drop off yard waste at the town's Pascale Highway Facility at 17 Old Mendon Road. Yard waste will be accepted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Yard waste can't be delivered at the facility on Mondays or other days that are scheduled town holidays. Residents are reminded that yard waste is collected on the same day as one's trash and recycling, but will be performed with a separate collection truck. Yard waste is only accepted if placed in brown paper biodegrad- able lawn bags. Small bundles of branches, no larger than two inches in diameter and limited to three feet in length, may also be placed curb- side for pick-up. Yard waste placed in trash cans or plastic bags will not be collected by the town's trash and recycling company. Yard waste is defined as leaves, grass clippings, hedge or shrub clip- pings, and small branches. No trash, stones, or sand can be mixed in. Mindful Mondays at the Cumberland Library CUMBERLAND – Join Melissa Chiavaroli, from the Cumberland Public Library, each Monday at 7 p.m. on Zoom as she will introduce a new tool to make mindfulness an intuitive practice and will end each session with a short online medita- tion. Registration is required for the Zoom link. Register by 6 p.m. on Monday to receive the link. For more information, visit www. cumberlandlibrary.org or call 401- 333-2552, ext. 2. CUMBERLAND CUMBERLAND NEWS Cumberland plans another Easter Bunny parade CUMBERLAND – Representatives from Mayor Jeff Mutter's office this week announced that they're planning another install- ment of the popular Easter Bunny parade through town, planned for this Saturday, April 3, beginning at 9 a.m. Mutter is partnering with the Parks and Recreation Department and public safety officials from police, fire and EMS on the parade, which was started last year as an alterna- tive Easter event during the pan- demic. The Easter Bunny will begin his journey at the North Cumberland Fire Station on Arnold Mills Road and travel down Nate Whipple Highway to Mendon Road, then up Ann & Hope Way, down Broady Street, and back up to High Street and down Diamond Hill Road back to the start. "We encourage you to find places along the route to wave to the Easter Bunny as he passes by, and maybe even stop into a small business after you see him," states a release. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Cumberland Police Chief JOHN DESMARAIS meets with ALEX RIENDEAU, 6, and his brother JACOB, 12, both of Cumberland, for Coffee with a Cop last Saturday, at the Chief John J. Partington Public Safety Complex. Chief Desmarais and other members of the police force met with residents and business repre- sentatives to discuss issues and concerns relating to them and the town. Alex and his brother hope someday to join the police force saying they would like to serve the com- munity and help keep people safe. 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