'Whine' columnist responds to criticism

January 24, 2013

Thank you Ms. Guntal for your comments. Sorry you missed the irony concerning the guy in Webster, N.Y. who set a house on fire so he could shoot the firemen. It is instructive that while the man was described as a convicted felon, who had served 17 years for manslaughter (he had killed his own grandmother with a hammer), his name was not printed in the press and there was little coverage in the media outlets you named.

Laws won't stop the tortured and demented from wreaking mayhem on society.

Nor will they deter habitual criminals such as William Spengler, the perpetrator in New York who subsequently committed suicide, or the mass murderers who so frequently are discovered to be known to be mentally disturbed or previous offenders.

The court system continues to release these feral people back into society. I was encouraged by the president's recent proposal to add money into the mental health system. I think that might have a more salubrious effect than disarming the law-abiding public.

Regarding Gru Vee, most readers of my "whine" column will inform you I have been a very longtime promoter of this lovely wine. There are very few from Austria priced less than $30, but some of the domestics are very nice.

You may wish to try Dr. Konstantin Frank from the Finger Lakes region in New York, written of in these very pages last spring.

John McDonald
Rehoboth Beach

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