Banning guns won’t work

Banning guns won’t work

In response to last Sunday’s letter, “Too many guns, too many dead,” I say, prevent forest fires — register matches and ban lighters.

Would the coward of the Aurora, Colo., shootings have walked into that theater if he knew that he would be met with heavy resistance? How many would not have been affected if the first law of human nature (self preservation) would have been exercised?

The pleas for life during those fateful moments were answered by a sociopath. If Booth wouldn’t have had a gun, he would have beaten Lincoln to death with a log.

If do-gooders want to trample on rights, start with eliminating video games that reward children for killing things. Let’s get off our moral soap boxes and fulfill our moral obligations of teaching our young how precious life is, and that death is final, not a solution.

David L. Ault, Mineral Ridge

Trickle-down didn’t work

We have tried trickle- down-top-2-percent-job creation and padding the pockets of the large corporations. Guess what? It didn’t work.

The Bush tax cuts make sense for the middle class, however, to wait for the upper class CEOs to follow through with significant job creation is economic suicide. Greed is the reason. Those people are just too comfortable living their wealthy lifestyle to care about the common man, woman, or child.

I am not denigrating wealth by any means, but to hold the entire middle class hostage to keep the Bush tax cuts for those making $250,000 and up, is hurting our nation. Tightening our belts is expected in tough times, and we who support all the non-working people of this country have been doing this for a long time. It’s time for those who have had it so good for way over a decade to give something back to the country they love. This is only common sense.

Ann Kurz, Canfield

Beaver doesn’t need Home Rule

In the past several weeks there has been a movement in Beaver Township by a few misguided individuals to establish Home Rule in the township.

The trustees who govern have a lot on their plates; with the shale opportunity all around us and other township responsibilities, they are kept busy,

But even with their own personal lives, they still find the time to do there best to make Beaver Township a better place to work and live.

Home Rule may work other places, but I don’t believe it is for us. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

James Eidel, Beaver Township

Why turn food into gasoline?

I would like to sound off about the corn-for-gasoline issue. What in the world is wrong with us? Why would we take the precious commodity of food and use it in our cars? How come they can’t use grass clippings or something else that we all have in excess? And what about a drought condition like this year? Do we give up the corn we eat to make the gas? Corn is in about every product out there in some format if you read your labels and everything it’s in is going to jump in price. We are going to pay more in the end. I just don’t think this is wise.

I would like to also sound-off about the right to bear arms issue. I have no problem in anybody’s right to bear arms. I have an issue as to where the right to bear them is. I don’t think anyone should ever have the right to bear arms in a car. We should be able to go about our public affairs without worrying about being shot. I believe that right to bear arms was meant to protect your home from the British and the Indians when it was written. We have well established militias — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Coast Guard, Border Patrol, police, sheriffs, FBI, CIA, Secret Service, highway patrols. And when you count all the retired of these agencies around our country who still stay current in their weapons training, we are very well armed.

With that being said, I have no problem with people owning guns. What I do have a problem with is bullets. They should never come cheap and they should not ever be able to be purchased over the internet. They should have to be bought in person in a gun shop and never in bulk. And gun shops should all be connected together via computer so if someone is trying to stockpile ammo, a red flag goes up to all the gun shops.

I believe for every one who owns a gun, mandatory gun training should be so they know how to use the weapon right but all of the bullets should stay on the gun range. You should have enough to protect your home from intruders and that’s it.

Lisa Beth Moore, Youngstown

Civility is the first casualty

Civility is dead in Washing- ton and it is because of people like Congressman Mike Kelly, who should be ashamed for his comments regarding the president’s recent contraception mandate. That being said, I am not surprised by his comments as they are just a sample of the insanity that has been erupting from the right-wing these past four years.

For me, Kelly’s comments signified why I left the Republican Party years ago. In 2006, I was a loyal Republican and even interned for Congressman English on Capitol Hill. As a long time supporter and admirer of Phil, I relished the opportunity to make strides in public service while working in his office. Now, the lack of comity, civility, and professionalism by many in the Republican Party fly in the face of the virtues that Congressman English worked so hard for. There is no middle ground, only the extremes. According to Mr. Kelly, if you support the president’s birth control mandate, you hate religious freedom.

I am now a Democrat because of Republican politicians like Mike Kelly. Their absolute hatred for anything outside of their arch-conservative views should anger any free-thinking person who truly understands the role of government in our lives. America once believed that government could be a force for good. People like my grandfather, George Muha, were given so much during the New Deal. Like many during the Great Depression, he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps, fought bravely and honorably in World War II, received the GI Bill, graduated from college, worked hard, and raised a wonderful family. Without the bipartisan-supported policies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, I do not know if my father or I would be the same people today.

The Republican Party once stood for something. With leaders like Dwight D. Eisenhower and Nelson Rockefeller, the Republicans were led by statesmen who worked hard and came up with solutions with the Democrats. No longer. Now the Republican politicians are marching backward into fear mongering and hatred for anyone who disagrees with them.

Michael T. Muha, Esq., Hermitage, Pa.

Don’t hold your breath for reform

Lane Filler is on to some- thing in his July 26 column, “Health care reality.” But he’s mistaken about a few facts, and he’s especially mistaken that popular and elite opinion leaders have the gumption to examine the existence and consequences of group health insurance at all. They don’t.

That’s what makes health care debate always an exercise in national sociopathy rather than a reasoned discussion. We’ll likely have to let circumstances dictate how group health insurance is to be abolished, and health care universalized.

Jack Labusch, Niles