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Letters to the editor, February 3

Set fact straight

Regarding the ridiculous cartoon in the Monday, Jan. 28, edition of this paper.

George Bush faked a landing on a U.S. aircraft carrier that bore a huge sign reading: “Mission Accomplished” spread across the ship’s masts. He had just invaded Iraq (an attack not OK’d by Congress) and was attempting to aggrandize and legitimize his actions.

You have used these actions of George Bush in an attempt to involve President Oba­ma in such a ridiculous cartoon.

President Obama has not ever been involved in such ridiculous actions and tactics and you need to set this fact straight.

Jacqueline Washington,


Beat that

In Frank Capra’s 1940 classic movie, Meet John Doe, the super rich try to take over the election process in the United States as echoed in 2012 by Karl Rove’s gang, the Koch brothers, Dick Armey and Mitt Romney (of 47 percent contempt).

At the end of the movie, actor James Gleason turns to the super rich who have failed to seize the American election system, and says to the leader of the super rich, “There you are Norton, the people. Try and beat that.”

The 2012 election provided the same outcome as the movie. After spending hundreds of millions of dollars, the honest, ordinary American citizens by their votes said to Romney and his super-rich backers, “There you are Romney, the people. Try and beat that.”

This after the super rich tried to destroy the American electoral system by flooding the postal system with false information about when and where the polling places would be held, who would be denied the right to vote and threats of arrest if they tried to vote without an identification card that many thousands could not get because they were too poor or did not own a car (thus no driver’s license).

Ironically, the hundreds of millions donated by the radical rich in 2012 that funded the threats to our system created a new political coalition of women, young people, Hispanics, African-Americans, the elderly and other citizens that forecasts that the tea party-poisoned GOP will have trouble winning elections for years to come.

Michael S. Dana,


Feel-good statute

The Supreme Court decisions are not uniformly in support of an unfettered public right to possess firearms. In general, the possession of concealed weapons in public has long been recognized as being a proper subject under state law.

The general ban of sawed-off shotguns (18 inches) is still banned under federal law. Three members of the present Su­preme Court have made comments supporting the position that the “militia” language of the Second Amendment is largely irrelevant to the personal right of the public to own firearms.

In the Lopez case, the Supreme Court held that a federal law banning guns within a certain distance of a school was unconstitutional under the commerce act. The registration of automatic weapons was required by a (constitutional) federal law passed in the 1930s.

The citizens who would like to see a short federal law banning the sale of automatic weapons to the general public have this hunter’s support. Call it a “good morale,” make-you-feel-good statute or whatever; and no, it will not stop all the sociopaths in our troubled society.   

H.L. Hall,

Great pitch

Of course, I believe Jesus performed miracles. You tell someone to love another as much as you love yourself, you’d better have one heck of a sales pitch.

Jim Stodola,