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Letters to the Editor

July 29, 2010

Protecting the Second Amendment is vital



To the editor:

I just could not resist responding to John Warner, who claims in his letter to the editor that the Second Amendment to our Constitution has outlived its utility (Saturday, July 24, page A4).

Apparently, Warner is out of touch with America and just what that amendment is all about. If he hasn't heard, under the present administration, gun sales have skyrocketed. Another fact that he won't hear in the mainstream media is that violent crime is way down as a result. He won't hear this in the left-leaning media because it does not fit their socialist agenda (to include taking away individual rights and giving more power to a controlling government).

Another flash he might not have come to grips with is the fact that criminals do not easily access guns due to Second Amendment protections. Criminals purchase weapons on the black market because it leaves no (or little) trail. If law-abiding citizens were prevented from purchasing weapons because our Second Amendment right was revoked, only criminals would have guns.

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Our constitutional rights are being eroded little by little in this country. The media is practically state-run, so you will not get the truth. Those outlets that do present the truth with facts are demonized. Thus, the government looks for ways to threaten their First Amendment (freedom of speech) rights as a way to control information that we, the public, have a right to know about. And in this day and age, when the federal government refuses to enforce the rule of law (e.g., illegal border crossings, intimidation of voters at polling places, and on and on), we, the people, have no choice but to seek, and act, to protect our God-given and constitutional rights.

No, the problem with the gun-control situation is the cold-stone fact that our judicial system will not enforce existing gun laws. Oh, and lastly, is it ever a wonder that the larger liberal-run cities that tout the toughest gun laws also have the highest rates of violent crime involving weapons? Why do you think that is?

Jim Rosko
Boonsboro




Grow by focusing on the present and future



To the editor:

"Where can I go, but to the Lord." Elvis sang the gospels so beautifully. Where can I go when positive words and deeds brought happiness and success, and instead of being thankful, some became jealous and found ways to show it. When you realize your health isn't what it used to be and instead of encouragement you are told how bad it is going to get. When you really accept getting older, the sagging skin and wrinkles, and you are constantly reminded how you used to look. Those days are gone, let it be so. It is today and tomorrow we need to focus on how to grow in faith, hope and knowledge. How to spread it around. When one of my brothers became sick he talked about his wrinkles. He lived to be 90 and he laughed saying, "Oh those, I earned everyone of them."

We can go to the Lord for anything, anytime, any place. He will hear us and listen, and answer our prayers. Believing in Him, striving to please Him will put a gleam in your eyes, strengthen those old bones, calm the nervous system, renew the tired heart. Yes, Lord we are here. Coming to You we can face tomorrow. We wait patiently for some of Your perfections to touch us and make us what You would have us be.

Frances Moats
Hagerstown

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