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Updated: March 8, 2013 6:03AM



President wants to change First, Second amendments

I sometimes overreact to things in the news, so forgive me before you read this.

I am a 66-year-old teacher who has been hunting since I was 12, using my Second Amendment right to bear arms. I was drafted in 1966, given a gun and told to kill, served my time, and didn’t run away and hide until President Jimmy Carter pardoned the protesters who did run away.

Now, President Obama wants to take away my Second Amendment rights. Good luck. He and his flunkies also are going after the First Amendment. You are going to ban an American from the Capitol because he was legally protesting? Mr. President, without the First Amendment, if you have ever studied history, you would know that without Martin Luther King’s guts and fortitude during his protest marches, you never would have sat in the White House.

How about the 22nd Amendment? Change it, too; then you could be president forever. I’m sure Abraham, Martin and John would approve.

Tom Fischer

Crown Point

Country must make changes to avoid financial disaster

I fear for our country. With the condition of our economy, it is imperative we do a few things to avert financial disaster.

First, we must pass a balanced budget amendment. Second, we must have a single-term limit. That way, they don’t have to worry about re-election. Make all elected positions part-time — no benefits or pensions. Next, we need a line-item veto for the president.

If you receive public assistance, you must perform some work for it. This includes unemployment. There must be some incentive to improve your situation.

The people in this country have become dependent on our government, instead of relying on our abilities. If this does not change, we will be in the same position as Greece and other similar countries.

Kevin Gray

Schneider

Way to stop murders isn’t giving out ‘easy’ prison life

The way our government seems to think about gun control, you would suppose that no one ever killed anyone with a knife, bat, car, train, club, drowning or perhaps an overdose of drugs, etc.

Years ago, we had a way to stop murderers for good — the electric chair. It was a sure bet that the criminal did not do it again.

Now, we reward them by giving them a life of ease in prison. It costs citizens $65 a day to furnish them with a life of ease — four square meals, television, library, health care.

Just one year costs taxpayers $23,725. Is it any wonder why we are going broke?

I remember hearing many years ago, some well-known person saying, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

I wish our government would have thought about that before it started putting fluoride in our water supply.

Russell Beal

Portage



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