Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Oct. 23

Pass sane gun laws so fewer women will die

Nine American women are shot and killed by their husbands or intimate partners every week. The victims are mothers, sisters, daughters, friends — each an irreplaceable loss to their families and society. Tragically, our lax gun laws make it easier for abusers to acquire a firearm than a Sudafed. Legislators who don't support expanded background checks and other sensible gun reforms are complicit in this bloodshed, and moms need to call them out.

We're demanding that Congress take these simple steps to keep guns out of the hands of abusers:

■ In the House: Sign on as co-sponsors to HR 1565, the Thompson-King bill to expand background checks and demand this bill be brought to the House floor. This basic reform will put life-saving distance between many angry perpetrators and intended victims.

■ In the Senate: Bring the Manchin-Toomey bill back to the floor and pass it. This would expand the background check system and close loopholes that would help keep guns out of dangerous hands.

■ In both chambers: Work on and support legislation to protect abused women, like S 1290, the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2013, and H.R. 2648, the Keeping Guns from High Risk Individuals Act.

Tracey Goodlett

Lebanon Junction

Ignore fringe lobbies

Long before the government shutdown began, Congressman Andy Barr sponsored the Live by the Laws You Write Act, aimed at forcing the president, members of the cabinet and Congress to abide by the same laws as the American people.

When the Affordable Care Act was passed most legislators had not even read it.

The majority in the House of Representatives was elected after the Affordable Care Act was rammed through in 2010. The people, by putting the GOP majority in office, showed they wanted a government that represented conservative values in addition to liberal points of view.

House Republicans have attempted negotiations and compromise so that the cost of Obamacare and our current spending obligations don't push our government spending even more out of control, only to be ignored by President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. If this standoff is really about better health care for all, shouldn't our elected officials show true leadership and follow the new mandates of the law instead of being exempted?

Why don't they work together to solve our national issues? We need compromises that reflect the will of the majority of voters and not just vocal fringe lobbies on both sides.

Misty Racimo


Police overkill

A black woman with a kid in the back seat of an Infiniti tried to go through the barriers to the White House and legislative offices in Washington D.C. A high speed chase resulted, the Metro Police at one time had her surrounded. She maneuvered around them, apparently lost control of her car, crashed it and left the car, running away. The Metro Police opened fire without identifying whether she was armed. Reports say she was shot nine times. The Metro Police were rewarded with a standing sustained ovation from Congress.

Now consider this. The police ineptly allowed her to escape, instead of shooting out her tires, endangered the little girl in the back seat and put other people in her path in peril. Was she profiled because she was black? Was the car loaded with explosives? Or was she profiled as a terrorist?

George Zimmerman was prosecuted because they say he profiled and killed Trayvon Martin because he was black and because he felt he was in danger. I cry out to the paranoid Metro Police who killed an unarmed woman with a baby in the back seat. The NAACP, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton should get themselves to Washington and protest the shooting of an unarmed woman. What police training produced this injustice of overkill. It's sad that the police and news media are backing them up.

Edwin B. Swan


True power cost

We often are treated to commercials that advise us there is a thing called clean coal.

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity says on its web site it is "a partnership of the industries involved in producing electricity from coal... (and it) supports policies that will ensure affordable, reliable, domestically-produced energy, while supporting the development and deployment of advanced technologies to further reduce the environmental footprint of coal-fueled electricity generation."

Why, then, when the Environmental Protection Agency is trying to protect Americans from the unhealthy release of carbon dioxide, sulfur and heavy metals, do the industry and many politicians denounce the use of technologies that promote long-term benefits to our health? The costs of air pollution are high; they just aren't borne by the coal companies.

I feel for the coal miners who have been laid off, but we need to recognize that the reduction in coal production is more a function of cheap natural gas than EPA regulations. Laws that protect miners, their children and their communities provide long-term benefits that coal companies disregard.

If we can produce electricity from burning coal without polluting the atmosphere, fine. If we can't extract natural gas safely from the shale, then we should limit its production. And if electricity costs rise due to the costs of supplying it without passing on the negative effects to our children, then so be it. We can conserve and use electricity more wisely.

Lynda Matusek


Broken faith

I think I know how the American Indians feel after seeing every treaty with our government broken.

From local to state to federal we have been betrayed. Where is the outrage when World War II vets who saved the world are being locked out of their memorial? Where is the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization?

For many of these old warriors this is the only chance to see it.

Last year our governor released thousands of felons from prison. One did numerous burglaries in this area, robbing an elderly man of $4,000. He had served time three times before, including for bank robbery.

Our mayor cut funds from the police and firefighters' retirement after LFUCG gutted the pension for 30 years, Now I read the LFUCG has a surplus of over $12 million.

Every great nation is destroyed. If citizens don't take interest soon, our children will be slaves instead of addicted to electronic entertainment. Maybe they deserve it.

Ted Woodley


Greed everywhere

I was to become a woman's legal guardian who had signed away her house. Later her church, along, with lawyers and plumbers, conned her out of the house.

Many people worship wealth. Most wealthy earn it via working folk or overpricing, gambling or stock market winnings.

Supplemental Security Income fraud is sickening. I look forward to legal charges against these cons (lawyers, judges and doctors), but I don't think our prisons can handle so many greedy.

Recovery of the money may be impossible. The lawyers, judges and doctors have hidden their stolen money in offshore accounts made possible by a Congress that lets its political financiers have their there.

Also, many government programs should be loans, not handouts and the public's awareness of recipients should give more transparency.

Certainly, some could pay it back, even after death, via their estates.

But let us not forget, there is need.

Don Pratt