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Updated: March 13, 2013 6:01AM



Local governments should not make foreign policy

Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution states, “No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation ... No State Shall ... enter into an Agreement or Compact with another state or with a foreign power ... .”

The counties and cities that are members of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives in the U.S. are trying to implement foreign policy. What mayors and municipal governments are doing is plain unconstitutional. There is no law or act of Congress to authorize the aiding and abetting of foreign policy globalism by state and local governments.

We have to protect our sovereignty by banning cities and counties from being members of ICLEI, an organization that promotes the United Nation’s Agenda 21’s “smart growth,” which is detrimental to American economic interests, liberty and sovereignty. That’s why we need AR15’s.

John Deavers

Lake Station

Parents and employees
at fault for school shootings

The violence in schools needs to be reduced.

But the decision on what to do and how to do it rests with you.

It’s symptomatic of a dysfunctional government and/or culture to see more violence in schools, not less.

Who is responsible for these horrific crimes?

The parents of the children and the employees of the school district.

The killer comes in third. He is being allowed to kill children by extremely fearful parents and school district employees.

Schools, shopping malls, post offices, large office buildings, movie theaters, etc., are chosen, for the most part, because they represent a captive audience for the killer.

The following will go a long way toward protecting young children while they are in school.

1. The principal needs to be armed with a concealed revolver. Shooting classes are to be attended. As most schools are in a weapons-free zone, go concealed anyway, but tell no one of your decision.

2. For every 100 students at a school, there needs to be one school staff member who is armed. This will provide between six and 15 armed teachers to confront the killer before any damage. If you are too fearful of protecting the children in your care, then don’t bother.

3. This is one of those rare occasions in which it pays to get extremely angry, and to vent that anger against the criminal while the children are still alive, not afterward.

4. Stop being a fearful adult throughout your lifetime; instead, become a courageous citizen. This isn’t easy for most, but it can be done.

5. Study the philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Thomas Reid. Their beliefs are of value within these circumstances.

As stated before, the decision rests with you, whether a parent or a school employee.

Ray Gattavara

Sumner, Wash.



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