U.S. not alone in shootings
I take issue with the president's comment saying things like the Charleston shooting don't take place in more developed countries.
I can name several countries with civilizations 3,000 years older than ours where unarmed citizens by the millions are running for the border. They are trying to avoid the same thing on a much more massive scale. It can happen anywhere.
J. L. Johnson
Never miss a local story.
Why gun violence?
If someone comes shooting and you cannot run, drop like you've been hit and pretend to be dead. Tell your loved ones to do the same. We are all, tragically, at the mercy of miserable people with guns.
Even peace-loving, legally armed citizens are not safe from those who are confused or full of hate. The miserable person might be insane, suicidal, offended by our religious beliefs or skin color, or just mad at his girlfriend. All you have to do is be in the wrong place.
I don't think our Founding Fathers intended for law-abiding citizens to have only two choices: be armed and ready to kill or be ready to fall and play dead.
Why must our hearts be constantly heavy for victims of gun violence and full of fear we'll be victims, too? Does anyone have something better than an argument about the definition of a "well-armed militia?" What has happened to our beautiful country? What is happening to our beautiful Lexington?
Dr. A. Patrick Schneider II, in his repugnant column of June 15, seems to believe that we either are or should be living in a theocracy.
One person's or one religion's definition of sin has no bearing on the laws of the United States. If he has an argument against marriage equality that is based upon constitutional grounds, he should try that instead of invoking sacraments and sins.
The late Judge John Heyburn put it best when he opined, "In America, even sincere and long-held religious beliefs do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been outvoted."
Marriage equality has no effect on Schneider, other than his moral outrage. The Supreme Court should rule to extend the same legal status and protection to all married couples regardless of sex, and let religious orders handle the marriage issue any way they see fit.
Here we go again. The media have found a way to try to defend these worthless, hopeless Democrats. The media is committing treason with their distortion of the facts. How can they defend the horrible shape the Democrats have put this country in for the past six and a half years? They don't have a leg to stand on, so the only hope they have to win is to impugn and defame Republicans. I'm sorry to say that these airheads and the uninformed voters probably believe all this garbage. Distortion and deception is their forte. You can no longer depend on the media for the truth. It's sad; they should be the protectors of the Constitution when in reality they are doing the opposite. These so-called journalists come out of these liberal universities where the professors teach this leftist garbage and they are 40 years old before they have a brain, sometimes never.
Then we have the Republicans win the election, get to Washington and wimp out. Their lack of intestinal fortitude is disheartening.
Doyle G. Glass
Step up, parents
Does anyone actually believe that children are respectful, attentive and well behaved at home suddenly morph into felonious miscreants when they get on a school bus?
A parent is a child's first and most influential teacher. A child's present and future behavior, success or failure, contribution to or detraction from society, all result from the quality of instruction they receive from parents. No group of teachers, coaches, tutors or mentors can overcome bad parenting.
No amount of money for behavior management or gimmicky learning methods or shifting poor students into more successful schools will compensate for bad or nonexistent parenting.
Parents must expect and demand that their children excel at school. This means actively monitoring their progress, checking homework, seeing that assignments are completed and tests are prepared for.
Single-parent households and homes with two working parents have obstacles to overcome. Poverty certainly adds another hurdle. Well, too bad. That is the job every parent applied for and accepted. No one is forced to have or raise children.