Letters to the editor: May 10

May 10, 2013 

Boston Marathon Explosion

A Boston police officer clears Boylston Street following an explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria at the finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


Boston bombing raises concerns about Internet

I will be content to let the experts answer the unanswerable question of why the Boston Marathon bombing occurred.

It is their habit, after all, to assess blame for every disaster in keeping with their own particular prejudices.

But it should be self-evident that the question never asked, is the question never answered: How do we comprehend the consequences of the innovative tools that we have created?

In the early days of the computer, we were all familiar with the garbage-in, garbage-out equation. Living with this constraint, the machine seemed a useful, but harmless, toy. Today, with the exploding Internet possibilities, every man with a motive has the means of mass destruction within his grasp.

Learning to live with this new reality would seem to be the only important question demanding an answer.

Assessing blame solves no problem. It is the equivalent of tilting at one windmill after another while the winds of change blow through — confusing all.

Robert Heidez


Take responsibility

It seems to me that here in the United States we have let a bunch of power-hungry control freaks get into power who care not for God, man or country.

We who pay the bills and support these clowns should be getting very nervous about the future of our country and our grandchildren.

How do we solve the problem? We get out heads together and visit all the people who are standing on the graves of the ones who have given their lives for the freedom they are now enjoying.

Out of all the people eligible to vote, over one half of them don't even register. Out of all the people who register to vote, over one half don't even vote.

If this continues and they get our guns, freedom, respect and our lives will get cheaper day by day, and we will learn what economic slavery is the hard way.

Cliff Barker


NRA proven right

Over the years, the Herald-Leader has repeatedly given editorial space to anti-gun rights advocates who excoriate the National Rifle Association for lying and duping its members, then later published news articles proving the NRA was telling the truth all along.

From 30 to 15 years ago, the paper gave lots of space to claims that allowing law-abiding Americans to carry concealed handguns would increase violent crime.

Last year or the year before separate articles reported that 41 states now guarantee their collective citizenry — two thirds of Americans— the right to carry and that violent crime has fallen significantly since the time when only one state guaranteed the right.

The NRA was telling the truth all along.

In the run-up to the election, the paper gave lots of space to claims that the NRA was duping its members when it warned that if the president were re-elected, he and his allies would resume their anti-gun rights campaign.

Since early February, at least one news article a week has proven that NRA was telling the truth; the dupes were the folks who believed the headline that "Obama is not anti-gun."

Now the Herald-Leader is giving lots of space to claims that the NRA still lies with its warnings that all gun control aims at confiscation.Who ya gonna believe? The NRA which has told the truth all along? Or the folks who never have?

Lee Crawfort


On target

Now let me get this straight. Sen. Mitch McConnell is saying President Barack Obama is making him "his No. 1 target."

Well, turnabout is fair play.

McConnell once said his one goal was to make Obama a one-term president. Now Obama's goal is to make this McConnell's last term.

Right on, Mr. President.

Ronald V. Henry


Marriage is economics

Marriage is not a human rights or an equality issue. The issue, which people do not want to admit, is economic.

This is confirmed in a recent letter writer's observations that it is the right to file joint tax returns, receive federal benefits, as well as other areas controlled by the government, such as health privacy laws and estate taxes.

Unfortunately, certain groups with their agendas have learned how to play the media, and thereby the government. We evidently just can't stand the truth.

Chris Maron


Part of the team

The photo and caption of horseman Ken Ramsey in your April 27 issue failed to mention one of the people behind Ramsey. Longtime farm manager Mark Partridge has been a vital part of the Ramsey success in the horse business.

Harry Miller


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