Letters for January 31, 2013

I beg to differ

Re “Take a shot” (Editorial, Jan. 17):

Wow. I am really taken aback by the condescending tone of your editorial. I am not willfully ignorant or cowardly. I have instead built up my immune system to the point where I can go years without getting sick. I can’t remember the last time I had the flu. I have accomplished this amazing level of health through a combination of the Metabolic Type Diet, supplements and acupuncture. Western medicine is not a panacea. I do not appreciate being called willfully ignorant or cowardly when I have, in fact, found a much better solution than flu shots.

Further, I also make sure to get eight-to-10 hours of sleep per night. This, in addition to the Metabolic Type Diet, supplements and acupuncture, keeps me from getting the flu. No flu shot required.

Karen Inda

Madness always

Re “More about guns” (Editor’s Note, Jan. 17):

In your reading of the Second Amendment, do not make little of the word “free” as in “free state.” That word makes the case for the people to be armed in their potential defense from an oppressive government in their midst, not a foreign government. The standing army is in place to protect from outside aggression. The Framers had just waged an action to free themselves from an oppressive government and put the Second Amendment into the Constitution to ensure that future generations would not be at the mercy of a better armed government with designs on oppression. It clearly had nothing to do with hunting. What was the first thing the British wanted to do to the colonists? Disarm them! That was what Lexington and Concord were all about. A reading of history going back as far as you like will show that the first step taken by governments to control a population is to disarm them. From Germany in the ’30s to Britain with the Scots to the Romans with everyone. Same pattern. This great nation of ours forged a grand experiment with that Constitution to make all citizens equal in rights and gave them tools to protect those rights from the right to assemble and have free speech to the right to remain personally armed. There will be madness always. To use the acts of a madman or madmen to foster a political agenda is behavior of a politician with subversive designs. We must always be vigilant.

Art Seymour
Washoe Valley

Editor’s note: No disrespect intended, but this interpretation is hardly supported by historical data. The militias referred to in the Second Amendment specifically were the state militias. The Second Amendment only prohibits the federal government from disarming the state militias and does not guarantee individual rights to own guns without regulation.

Seeing red

Re “Working for the Clamp down” (Arts & Culture, Jan. 17):

Quite a satisfactory article. Greetings from the railroad jungle. We, Traveling Vituscans, the Bindlestiff Brotherhood, would like to say that the boys up in SST are to be commended for laying out such a fine history for the person writing the story. The article did a good job of telling the general history of ECV. Escritooooo!

Tim Wilcox
Los Angeles

Don’t judge

Re “Take a shot” (Editorial, Jan. 17):

As a person who has not and will not ever get the flu vaccine, I must say that I found your editorial absolutely hilarious. I mean, after reading this piece you would think that being condescending and close minded must be side effects of this year’s vaccine. Let’s get real though: The reason I choose to not take the flu shot is because it seems to me that, while injecting a dead virus into your body may educate your immune system on how to deal with those few strains, it would in some way distort its ability to deal with all the other infinite strains or maladies that you could catch. The end result would be an imbalanced and weakened immune system. Now this is just a theory, but considering the Journal of Virology did a recent study where they took blood samples of children, some vaccinated and some not, and found that the unvaccinated group had naturally built up more antibodies over a wider variety of influenza strains than the vaccinated group, I would say that maybe this theory is not so crazy. Look, if you want to inject into your body whatever it is the Centers for Disease Control or media is telling you, that’s your prerogative. Just don’t be so judgmental of people like me who would rather build a strong immune system, naturally, through a healthy lifestyle.

David Flynt

Like Syria

Re “More about guns” (Editor’s Note, Jan. 17):

Let me see if I understand this correctly. In order to protect our kids from crazies with guns, we need to put armed guards into the schools. (It’s all about those dangerous gun-free zones, after all.) So, now the schools are safe. Oh wait—the malls. We’ll need armed guards in the malls (NOTE: Since malls are private entities, the guards will have to be “free-market” armed guards.) Oops, our city parks. Gotta protect the kids when they’re playing in the parks, and since we’ve been cutting taxes that used to pay for things like police protection, we’ll need the private sector to step up. Am I getting this right? Hmmm. Seems like we get our Second Amendment wish because we’ll be needing lots and lots of armed militias all over the place to keep us all safe. We’ll probably want to re-read that “well regulated militia” part of the Amendment, however. Where else do they have lots and lots of armed militias patrolling the streets to keep their people safe? There are alternatives.

Michel Rottmann
Virginia City Highlands

Restrict speech

Re “And in your hand” (Notes from the Neon Babylon, Jan. 17):

Once again I wonder what Bruce van Dyke’s point was with his disgusting vulgar language in his column. I guess it wasn’t enough to use the vulgarity in a newspaper once, but four times in one sentence. A perfect example of writing an interesting piece and ruining it by his language.

Fred Speckmann

Don’t throw cash

Re “Suffer the children” (Left Foot Forward, Jan. 24):

So, Sheila Leslie laments that elementary schools don’t have physical education or art teachers. I went to school in San Jose, and we didn’t have art teachers or PE until sixth grade (middle school). In elementary school, PE meant running around on the playground at recess, and art happened as part of the normal curriculum. It wasn’t every day, but we did have it, and it was memorable. And what’s this about full-day kindergarten? I went to kindergarten for a half day, and I turned out fine. I had an advantage in that I started reading at the age of 18 months and could read and write very well by the age of 4. This is because my mom read to me slowly every day and pointed to each word as she read it. Nowadays, I know several first graders who can’t read at all. This is the problem. Throwing more money at the schools will not encourage education. It must begin at home well before a child is ready for school.

Karen Inda

On the cover of the Jan. 24 RN&R, the subhead for our story “Banned in Vegas” incorrectly named UNLV as the institution that banned artist Michael Ogilvie’s book. The show of the book, not the art from the book, was banned at the College of Southern Nevada. We regret the error.