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Letters to the editor - June 4

June 03, 2013

Perhaps NRA should support national sales tax

To the editor:

About 30 years ago, under the cry of “no parole,” “no probation” and “three strikes, you’re out,” the legislature of California passed laws to make sure that more criminals spent more time in jail. Now, the children of the people who issued those cries are refusing to raise their taxes enough to build more jails to house these new criminals.

As an NRA member, I agree with the NRA that we need to have stronger enforcement of the laws we already have. This also means that we must put a lot more money into building and staffing prisons. This, of course, will mean new taxes. I respectfully suggest that a 2 percent or 3 percent national sales tax might help raise the money to cover the costs of making our communities and our children safer.

Also, laws about committing crimes with a gun that are not already federal laws should be made federal laws. That way, criminals who use guns will wind up in the federal court system and be able to go to federal prisons; therefore, the many more people who will be arrested will be housed in federal prisons. If more prisons are needed, the national sales tax can simply be raised again.

Based on the NRA’s position that many more people who use guns illegally should be in prison for longer times, it seems obvious that the NRA must support raising taxes on something. Perhaps the NRA leadership will agree with me that taxes should be raised through a national sales tax.

Russell Williams
Hagerstown


Resident thanks Montgomery Township voters

To editor:

I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all Montgomery Township voters who took a stand by voting “no” on the referendum for the granting of liquor licenses for the sale of liquor in the township, defeating the referendum by a sizeable margin.

With integrity, strong purpose and responsibility as watchmen for Him, you have helped keep Montgomery Township alcohol-free and safer for our residents.

You have fought a good fight, you have finished your course, you have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)

Again, thank you for your faithfulness.

Forrest Sprecher
Mercersburg, Pa.


Keep pets out of  sweltering vehicles

To the editor:

Summer is just starting, and already there have been reports from across the country of dogs suffering and dying after being left in hot vehicles. In Sacramento, Calif., a litter of nine 1-month-old puppies, along with their mother and father, had to be rescued from a locked car. In Tennessee, two women face cruelty charges after one of three dogs left in a hot vehicle died.

It only takes minutes for a parked car to cook an animal alive. On a warm day, even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside a parked car can reach more than 160 degrees. Parking in the shade and/or leaving water in the vehicle won’t help. Dogs can’t cool themselves as efficiently as humans can, and they can succumb to heat stroke in just 15 minutes, resulting in brain damage or death. Symptoms include restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite and coordination, dark tongue and vomiting.

Please, when it’s even a little warm outside, never leave any living being in a parked car, even for “just a minute.” If you see a dog left in a car, have the owner paged or call 911. The dog’s life depends on it.

Martin Mersereau
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals


Spelling bee needs to improve word selection process

To the editor:

My suggestion to you, as a participant in the screening process for national spelling bee contestants, is to advise the organizers and rulemakers to consider the vetting process used for the selection of words to be used.

On May 30, NBC’s “Today” revealed conflicting spellings that are recognized by acceptable, authoritative lexicographers. The officially accepted spelling, for the contest, of a person or thing that replaces another person or thing was “supersede.”  As noted, other authoritative lexicographers also list the same definition under the spelling “supercede” and give equal weight to either spelling. The two words are also listed as interchangeable synonyms.

To illustrate the point: When typing this email, “supercede” was flagged as misspelled. Checking the online dictionary, both spellings were listed and treated equally.

In this situation, Scripps covered themselves by designating an “Official Dictionary” and providing an official word list. In situations such as this, I feel that they would have been well-advised not to use the word at all. 

Please advise Scripps and the contest of this opinion.

Bob Cowdrick
Waynesboro, Pa.

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