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February 19, 2014

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Guns and racism

Once again, the “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida rears its ugly head. A middle-aged man shoots and kills a black boy because the kid was playing his radio too loud in his car. Michael Dunn’s defense was that he thought he saw a gun so he put 10 bullets into the car, killing 19-year-old Jordan Davis. He then walked away to a fast food place, not even notifying the police. Be not surprised if the Rev. Al Sharpton makes this an issue. It’s a clear case of innate racism.

Guns and tyrants

On the matter of gun possession throughout history: Among the people who thought we should be able to possess guns were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Among those who thought the people should not be allowed to possess guns were King George lll, Adolph Hitler, Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong, Kim Jong-il and Barrack Obama.

Tsongas nonsense

I read the headline of Niki Tsongas’ column over and over again trying to make sense of it. “Extend unemployment to put 3rd District back to work.” In other words, by paying people not to work we will somehow create jobs. Huh? One constituent asked her to extend benefits so he could continue to look for a job. Does that mean if benefits are not continued he will stop looking for work? How much sense does that make? Besides, the White House just last week said losing your job is a good thing; it frees people to pursue their passion without being “locked into a job.”

Corporate chicanery

Bill Weimar (”Letter: Laws serve bureaucrats, not the people,” Feb. 14)misses the reason for all of those regulations. They are to keep corporations responsible in their quest to maximize profits regardless of the consequences. That is because they are always trying to cut corners and circumvent laws meant to protect the environment, workers, shareholders and the communities where they operate. The results of this chicanery include factories exploding and destroying entire neighborhoods, toxic chemical spills into the water supply, mine explosions killing workers and retailers forcing their already minimum-wage employees to continue working after clocking out. That is why government regulators attempt to build a “fence” around them in an attempt to prevent abuses. If corporations were truly ethical, then these regulations would not be necessary.

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