5/6/2013 9:59:00 PM
Prescott Daily Courier
Letter: Gun lobby should not be in control
This letter is in response to Garry Shumann and his ideas about protecting
yourself. All of the proposals put forth in the current gun legislation, do not
restrict anyone's rights. What they do is, try to keep guns from getting into
the wrong hands.
Background checks are a "no-brainer" and should be seen as a responsible
prerequisite for gun ownership. Eliminating assault weapons is another. It's
hard to understand people who are against common sense and are against
our president who has the courage to take on the gun lobby.
I'm tired of having a "gun lobby" make all the rules, I'm tired of this lobby,
the NRA, scaring everyone away from common sense. The tide is turning
away from this madness, of no gun control. I applaud our president for
finally taking a stand. Talk to the parent's of the "Sandy Hook" massacre,
talk to the people in Aurora Colorado, things have to change.
5/7/2013 9:57:00 PM
Prescott Daily Courier
Letter: All should work to save programs
I cannot believe there are moderate-soft conservatives within our population
who are near retirement age or looking forward to retiring and are NOT
counting on Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.
If this is the case, the majority of us are on the same page; it is the elected
officials who are out of touch and not perceiving the preferences of their
constituents. Because it is the nuts and bolts of the 99-percent retirement
package in today's society, a large portion of us want to keep these
entitlements solvent now, and for generations to come, which can be
accomplished with sensible management, not by "sequester," where we
worry who gets hurt and by how much.
Social Security was signed into law by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
on Aug. 14, 1935. President Lyndon B. Johnson, as part of his "Great
Society" program, signed Medicare into law as an amendment to Social
Security. This law established two programs, Medicare and Medicaid,
which were designed to deliver health care to the elderly and the poor
(www.UnderstandingMyMedicare.com). These three programs were
Democratic ideas and they should be protected by Democrats and anyone
else who has the will, and the voice, to defend them at any cost. There is
no smoking gun, no hair on fire; only polarization and ideological concerns
that distort strategic facts and tactical views. It seems that politics in
Washington is no longer about making deals. It is more of a systematic
agreement to oppose whatever our president tries to do, to change the
past. Remember the saying, "if you don't change the past, you are doomed
to repeat it!"
Do you want to take on real change? We the people can do this, and not
with anger, not with retribution, but with commitment.