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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Roads of snow

December 18, 2013 - Last weekend's snowstorm did a thorough job on the roads, covering it with snow and ice and slowing traffic down to a crawl.

Just in time for my trip out of town. I took it slow. I learned that lesson the hard way a few years ago, spinning out my car and totaling it during a late-season show fall on I-69.

Many also need to learn from experience, based on all the cars and trucks zipping past me in a barely discernible left lane.

Some of them got that lesson. I passed at least seven cars and trucks in the ditch or crunched up against a light pole.

Some of them still had the drivers in them, sitting there with nothing to do but contemplate the magnitude of their error, watching drivers go by safely, without spinning out into the snow bank.


Clarkston Board of Education is considering a resolution against open carrying guns in school, an understandable if mostly pointless exercise in paperwork.

It's not lockdown-because-of-a-gun-shaped-poptart pointlessness, but it's getting close. It would be non-binding since state law prevails. It would make their opinion known to lawmakers, however.

What I find unfortunate is the low opinion some of the board members have of gun owners.

Based on what they've said, they're a bunch of ignorant wannabe heroes, barely qualified to be allowed to even own guns, let alone successfully defend anyone with them.

Seeking only minimum training, citizen gun owners would be hopelessly outmatched by any perp who comes by to cause mayhem, and they'd have their guns taken and used against them, they seem to think.

Anyway, my hope is decisions on this and similar issues are made not so much on feelings but on rational thought. Lots of parents and volunteers have these concealed-carry permits and are responsible. I think it would be a good thing for kids to learn that guns aren't just good when wielded by representatives of the government, but by regular citizens as well.

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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