Letters to the editor-04-26-2013

April 26, 2013 

Lee Judge / The Kansas City Star (April 21, 2013)

MCCLATCHY

GUNS

Keep assault weapons from evil, crazy people

If anything positive is coming out of the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt for the suspects, it is that it shows how ridiculous are all the proposals to arm some teachers or administrators in schools, supposedly to prevent future school massacres like the recent Sandy Hook tragedy. The night of April 18, a dozen trained and experienced police officers exchanged several hundred shots with the Boston suspects; while one was wounded and subsequently died, the other escaped alive, and as I wrote this, on April 19, he was in a standoff with dozens if not hundreds of police (later to be taken into custody).

It is so obvious that the only way to prevent Sandy Hook type massacres is to keep assault-type weapons with huge magazines out of the hands of evil and crazy people. While not perfect, it will eventually result in a safer America, without harming anyone's Second Amendment rights. (Attention: Sens. Risch and Crapo.)

TOM NAGLE, Eagle

Senate bucks the polls

Polling has consistently shown the majority of Americans support stricter gun laws. By a 54-46 majority, the Senate voted in favor, of enhanced background checks but the reactionary minority have derailed and subverted democracy through the unconscionable misuse of the filibuster to make every vote a supermajority requirement.

Between 2001 and 2010, the NRA spent $1.5 million to $2.7 million lobbying Congress. During the 2010 NRA spent more than $7.2 million on advocacy. Firearms manufacturers have bought the NRA, "giving" it about $39 million since, and polling by GOP pollster Frank Luntz, in 2012 reported 74 percent of NRA members support mandatory background checks for all gun purchases! The NRA is just a cog in the big money lobby and disinformation machine corrupting democracy. More important even than the above is the moral component of what is happening in America. Failure to support stricter gun control, especially background check is moral turpitude in its most grievous sense. Three people die each hour from gun-related mayhem and children are massacred in their schools and gun control opponents simply don't care. They must not for if they cared at all, they would support critically needed revisions to our gun laws.

TIM TEATER, Boise

Low marks for senators

I want to personally acknowledge the success of The Honorable Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch having succeeded to maintain their A-rating with the NRA. I would also like to acknowledge that I, and many like-minded, award them a F in humanity.

ROBERT WALTERS, Boise

CANCER

Society's goals include helping those not served

April is National Cancer Control month. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to improving the cancer outlook for minorities and the medically underserved.

Eliminating disparities in the cancer burden is one of the overarching themes of the society's 2015 challenge goals. Cultural and genetic factors may also play a role in the cancer incidence and mortality experienced by racial and ethnic populations. As the largest private, non-profit source of research funding, ACS is committed to making discoveries that could save your life or the life of a loved one.

They don't stop there. With the help of public health colleagues and volunteer advocates - people like you - they work with our elected leaders to ensure:

1. Greater government investments in cancer research application;

2. Policies that allow every American, regardless of income level, access to lifesaving treatments;

3. More access to innovative clinical trials that save lives as they advance our understanding of cancer.

Remember, Relay for Life on July 12-13 is fast approaching and we need your help! Create or join a team. Donate money. Donate time. Visit www.relayforlife.org and search for Ada County Relay for Life to get more information. Thank you for your support!

SHAUNA SWENSON, Meridian

CONSERVATIVES

No Oscars in this group

I read Joseph Dewey's letter of April 23 with interest. He states that liberal filmmakers and actors are distorting history when making films about conservative politicians, so conservatives should make a movie about the Obama administration using the folks over at Fox News, and other sources, as writers and actors. He mentions such conservative worthies as Glenn Beck, Herman Cain, A. Coulter and Sean Hannity among others. Mr. Dewey makes an interesting point that these pundits, politicians and commentators are just actors, and bad ones at that.

CHRIS MORRIS, Caldwell

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