Letters to the Editor for Jan. 25, 2013
Published: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 10:51 p.m.
America's love affair with weapons
There have been many letters and articles about gun control since the Newtown tragedy. After a lot of outcry, I predict that nothing will happen. If any laws are enacted, they will be as toothless as those already on the books.
Many of my fellow Americans are in love with weapons. We probably have the best-armed citizenry in the world. The NRA has such power that it can control members of Congress. There is a symbiotic relationship between the NRA and gun manufacturers. It is all about money and power.
I believe that America is rooted in violence and death to the utter exclusion of love and life. We are about the conquest and invasion of other countries and the research to produce ever more lethal weapons (unmanned drones, for instance).
We pay lip service to peace and love, but in no way do we practice what we preach.
Wake up, America
Once again, Barack Obama has been allowed to lie and get away with it.
He took the oath of office swearing to protect, defend and uphold the Constitution to the best of his ability.
The scary thing is that he is destroying and changing the Constitution to the best of his ability. Scarier yet, the American people are clueless, or don't care, about what this man is doing and gave him another four years.
Dr. Martin Luther King once said that “there is nothing more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
Wake up, America, before it really is too late. Obama has his own agenda for this country, and it is not in your best interest, only his.
True conservatives must stand together and vote out all the dishonorable baggage that occupy both the Democratic and Republican parties in Washington.
Yoga for the soul
It is a common perception that twisting your body into pretzel-like shapes is yoga. Body postures, breathing exercises, meditation and introspection are all parts of yoga.
In a gym, people listen to music or read a book while they are working out. This is all very good and useful, but this isn't yoga. Your mind should be with your exercise while you are doing yoga.
A chemist's shop is full of useful drugs but not every drug is useful to you. In fact, some might be harmful. Similarly, some yoga exercises are beneficial to others but might be harmful to you. Before starting yoga, consult your doctor and the yoga instructor. If you get hurt doing yoga, it means that you didn't obey your instructor or your yoga instructor is incompetent.
Just as our body needs exercise to keep physically fit, our mind, our intellect and our soul similarly need exercises.
Look at Chicago
Are Illinois and Chicago great or what? Wonder what the business climate is like? Perhaps the U.S. should pull out of Chicago.
Body count: In the last six months, 292 killed in Chicago; 221 killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the U.S. The leaders in Illinois are all Democrats. Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago. Of course, they're all blaming each other. Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any!
Chicago's school system is rated one of the worst in the country. Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any! The state pension fund is $78 billion in debt, worst in the country. Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any! Cook County's sales tax is 10.25 percent, the highest in the country. Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any!
Obama comes from this political culture. And he's going to fix Washington politics for us?
Times have changed
The Second Amendment gives all Americans the right to bear arms. In 1776, that meant muskets with one shot before having to reload. No one is arguing about how many muskets people should own.
The government is not telling any gun owners that they must give up the right to bear arms; only that they are restricted in relation to certain assault rifles and the number of rounds that a gun can fire. No one is suggesting all guns be removed; that would be against the Second Amendment. How is registering a gun any different than a car tag or a driver's license?
Is the alternative having armed guards in every area where a gunman could harm groups of people, including sports events, restaurants and even street corners? And as soon as the armed guard is killed by someone with a bulletproof vest and an assault rifle, what then?
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