From the many letters to the editor about the subject of assault rifles and AR-15s, I understand that gun control is an emotional subject, especially after the Florida shooting. However, I would ask everyone to step back and see if we can look at some facts and ask a few questions. Here are a few things to consider:
For a number of weeks we have had letters and columns in The Forum against and in favor of the tighter rules on flaring. Enough, let's cut to the chase. Flaring has the following negative effects: It is polluting (air and water, the latter when it rains and carries the pollutants out of the air into the various water sources receiving the rain). It is a health hazard. It adversely affects the environment and the economy (by otherwise uncollected taxes on the product, unpaid royalties to the citizens of North Dakota who do not get paid if the gas is flared).