Letters for October 12, 2017

Las Vegas and guns

Who do Americans need to fear? Islamic State, Al-Qaida, Arab terrorist? or white American men? Looks like it is the latter. Republicans have a role in this. These guys are advocates for essentially no gun control whatsoever. In fact, they are trying to pass legislation that would legalize “cop killer” bullets, gun silencers, and concealed carry across state lines.

The very first law that President Trump modified allowed mentally incompetent people to own guns. We do not ban people on the “no fly list” from owning guns. While the massacre was going on in Las Vegas, the Republicans allowed the children’s health care (CHIP) law to expire. And these guys claim to be for family and Christian values. Are you kidding me? So, do Republicans get credit for all these shootings? Just asking.

Don McKechnie


The second amendment of the United States Constitution states:

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Obviously, the need for a state militia has been replaced by the National Guard and Coast Guard, whereby trained military personnel are entrusted with the defense of this country against domestic enemies. Their weapons are tightly controlled and safeguarded.

The only two reasons for a citizen to own a firearm are for hunting or defense of the household from intruders. In either case, ownership of a handgun, shotgun or rifle is more than adequate to satisfy these purposes. There is absolutely no need for any U.S. civilian to own any weapon more powerful or sophisticated than these.

Accordingly, all handguns, shotguns and rifles must be licensed and registered to the degree necessary to match weapon to owner at the click of a computer key. Furthermore, we must guarantee that the mentally ill do not gain access to them under any circumstances. Finally, if we had prohibited the purchase of more sophisticated weapons, several innocent victims would not have died or been harmed at shopping malls, college campuses, Congressional meetings, churches and now concerts. We as a country must deal with this issue immediately lest our society fall back to the days when everyone carried a holster.

Joe Bialek


Unturned pages

Re “In passing” (cover story, Sept. 28):

First, I would like to commend you for printing this article. It is high time we humanoids talked about the “End of the Hunt” openly and simply deal with it. The article was in depth and worthy of much needed publicity and discussion. However, I found that there were zero comments devoted to a subject that most of us old farts consider far and above keeping our mostly worthless, worn-out carcasses alive. That issue is called quality of life!

I am now 80 years old, and for about 75 years of my life I was an active, athletic, and energetic man and had no major health issues. I can honestly say that I have led the life of at least a half a dozen men and left very few pages unturned. Currently, I am undergoing treatment for the removal of a cancer attached to my bladder and face another minor surgery for a biopsy in November to determine where we go from there. For the most part, I am mobile but have a great deal of difficulty (and pain) climbing stairs and simply doing odd jobs in or around household. My doctor simply said, “These things can get out of hand, so we have to watch it carefully.” Who knows where this will lead me? I consider myself a Christian and thus have no fear of death, save my concerns about the well being of my wife after the fact.

A quote by Dr. Brian Callister in the article reads, “We have advanced so far in control of pain and symptoms that we can look you in the eye and say, We can control your symptoms.” Now, that’s really nice and thoughtful; you can administer enough pain medication so that we will be no more than breathing zombies! I will pass on that.

Dan Archuleta