Letters to the Editor, March 11

Letters to the Editor, March 11

Rethink minimum age

After the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, I’ve watch the debate about “gun control” fill the news. Every network has their own “experts” that they bring on to spout their opinions.

One of the current ideas is that 18-year-olds should not be allowed to purchase a rifle or shotgun or even ammunition. Some of the medical or mental health experts on the various networks claim that an 18-year-old's brain isn’t developed enough for logical reasoning or impulse control.

Let’s think about that for a second. We routinely allow 16-year-olds to get behind the wheel of a vehicle that weighs 4,000-plus pounds capable of over 100 mph and turn them loose on the roads and highways of our nation. We allow 18-year-olds to enlist in our military where they may be sent into combat anywhere in the world. And one of the things that I find most disturbing is that we entrust 18-year-old people with underdeveloped brains with the future of our country by allowing them to vote?

If we need to change the age to purchase a firearm perhaps we need to rethink the minimum age for some of these other things as well.

Joe Alonzo


Oppose Forests Act

I take exception to Ramona Templin’s Feb. 4 letter claiming Greg Walden is outstanding.

There’s too much to refute in all of her claims, so let’s look just at his Resilient Federal Forests Act, which isn’t about forest management at all but promotes irresponsible logging on a massive scale for salvage operations after a forest fire. This so-called “restoration activity” is basically clearcutting.

The bill would allow salvage operations to circumvent existing laws, including environmental laws, the Endangered Species Act and (goodness!) child labor laws. To insure the timber industry can clearcut without accountability, the act specifically states that salvage operations cannot be stopped by court restraining orders, appeals or injunctions. It fails to provide needed wildfire funding — a major flaw — and revokes monument protections. It is strongly opposed by the National Parks Conservation Association. It has not passed the Senate. Advocate against this destructive give-away before it can become law.

Lois DeBruno


Violence against children

My neighbor is devout, and about abortion he says the Supreme Court can't tell him the difference between right and wrong. He believes his burden will be to explain to his God in Heaven why he failed to protect the unborn.

However, my neighbor is also a proponent of the death penalty. Likewise, he is adamant about protecting the Second Amendment. According to him, the U.S. Constitution ensures an armed militia against a tyrannical government.

Unfortunately, U.S. gun violence against the living has become an everyday event. A recent study of World Health Organization data, published in the American Journal of Medicine, found that, among high-income nations, 91 percent of the children younger than 15 were killed by bullets in the United States. On average, two dozen children are shot every day in the United States.

To my neighbor and all of his brethren, rather than engaging in religious tyranny by acting to restrict civil rights, I suggest they use their power of prayer to explain to their God the hypocrisy of decrying, as murder, the termination of a pregnancy, while defending the ownership of assault weapons which result in the murder of actual living children.

Joan M. Walker


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