Letters to the editor
What about the rest of us?
After reading the news recently, I am left with the impression that only two parties exist in the debate on gun ownership: the NRA and everyone else.
I am led to believe that the NRA is an extremist organization responsible for all gun violence in our country, and the rest of the country is an innocent victim of their campaign of terror.
Surely people understand that framing the issue in this way is a gross misrepresentation of reality. The take-no-prisoners approach being employed by proponents of more restrictive gun ownership should be viewed as patently unproductive, even counter-productive.
It does no one any good to frame gun owners as being suspect, criminal or scheming behind closed doors. We are your neighbors, family and friends, and until we are invited to the conversation, we cannot address our problems. If you call someone an extremist while they are standing in the middle, you will only push them further away.
Flat tax makes sense
It's that time again.
You know, when you have to get all your tax information, tax forms and several doses of caffeine together so you can spend a ton of time trying to understand what you're supposed to do to get your taxes right. The funny part is that on the information pages that are supposed to tell you how to fill out the forms, it tells you how much time it has been determined that it will take you to fill out the forms.
What would save us all a lot of time and ensure that taxes are paid on black-market money would be to adopt the Fair Tax.
Please take a moment and "Google" it and see if it makes sense to you.
We can learn from new pope
I am not Catholic, but I am impressed with the newly elected pope. He is a seemingly humble man who has been a true advocate for the poor and oppressed. He is also a man who has espoused the notion that everyone, regardless of status, deserves to be treated with respect.
This is especially heartening when some in our country have become extremely judgmental of the poor and at times, downright hostile. Our current state leadership in just two short months has advanced several policies which will make life very difficult for struggling North Carolinians.
Sadly, some self-serving politicians have used the poor as scapegoats for all of our economic woes. In reality, our nation has been on a trajectory since the 1970s which increasingly favors the wealthy and powerful. The gap between the wealthiest and the poorest has grown dramatically, and the middle class has declined. The "let's shrink government to a size that we can drown it in a bathtub" crowd has managed to pit groups against each other for seemingly shrinking revenues while convincing some that government is the enemy.
The government is not our enemy. Like the Catholic Church, it is not a perfect institution. The only way any institution improves is when all of its members work together for the common good.
Truly, the moral test for any group is how it treats its most vulnerable members. We could all learn a few things from Pope Francis.
Ammo not purchased
Jack Lamb's letter, published Thursday, claims that the U. S. Department of Homeland Security purchased 1.2 billion rounds of ammunition. There was no purchase order.
Homeland Security issued a RFQ (Request for Quotation) covering a five-year period and they included in the RFQ a IDIQ request, which means that it is for an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract.
The RFQ is meant to cover the purchase of training ammunition for more then 100,000 law enforcement officers for more then 90 federal agencies.
Tanks were not purchased.
Jack Lamb has fallen victim to the very conspiracy theory he claims to ignore.