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Updated: April 2, 2013 6:02AM



Obama administration does not practice what it preaches

This puppet administration is like the Pharisees of years ago. They do not practice what they say but they leave with all their entitlements we pay for. It is too bad. They forgot “In God We Trust” and “United we stand, divided we fall.”

I’m retired and I’m not better off with this administration.

Paul Aragon

LaPorte

Facts about Switzerland’s gun laws lacking in letter

I just read Mr. Henrich’s letter regarding guns in Switzerland. Some facts were left out of his letter.

■ Switzerland has no standing military. Swiss males go into the “militia” at age 20 and remain in the reserves until age 30.

■ Each person is required to keep his army-issued weapon at home.

■ Each person has the option of keeping the weapon but rifles are sent to the weapons factory and the automatic function is removed.

■ To carry firearms in public, one must have a permit usually issued to private citizens working private security jobs.

■ Firearm-related death rates in Switzerland are 6.4 per 100,000 — the U.S. is 10.27 per 100,000.

Is there a Republican out there who is factually responsible? Or do they just scream half-truths and wave the American flag when pressed for actual facts?

Wil Struggard

(Former resident of Bern, Switzerland )

Lowell

Pope Benedict was a great example to all Cathoilics

I am deeply saddened that Pope Benedict XVI has resigned.

The Holy Father was an inspiration and a model witness to the life of Christ; a shepherd of truth constantly guarding his flock so that Christ might find faith on Earth when he returns. Immersed in profound humility and immense love for both God and man, he has always been a source of strength, encouragement, confidence, optimism and enlightenment not only to Catholics but to all men of good will.

A champion of the poor and ardent exponent of Christian unity, the German pontiff was, in many and such capacities as teaching, governing and sanctifying, both a beacon of light and salt of the earth. He never ceased to offer fresh hope for defeating the forces of tyranny, cynicism and moral relativism hovering like a dark cloud on the horizon.

Successor of Peter and vicar of Christ, he was the world’s most influential and uncompromising defender of the dignity of human life. His tenacious pleas for the development of a “culture of life” and parallel denunciations of the “culture of death” have been instrumental in rallying opposition to the immorality of war, terrorism, abortion, euthanasia, divorce, contraception, homosexuality and embryonic-tissue research. May the Lord of all graces and giver of every gift bless Pope Benedict XVI.

Paul Kokoski

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada



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