Letters, Dec. 25

Dec. 25, 2012 @ 06:14 AM

Ignoring the people

This is a comment for Robert M. Thompson (Letters, Dec. 18), who wonders why many of us are frustrated with John Boehner’s efforts to undermine the president.

Boehner is a representative from one of 18 districts in Ohio, having won about 239,000 votes.

Barack Obama is the president of the United States, having received about 64 million votes from citizens all over the nation. He has done so twice – 2008 and 2012. (Brief aside: Both times he won Ohio.).  

Barack Obama received the majority of electoral and popular votes, which is recognized as the “will of the people.” His platform was discussed and debated. The result of the election is clear.

So the people have spoken and Boehner is ignoring them. Instead he is catering to the wealthiest at the social and financial loss of the majority. Shouldn’t he and his fellow congressional representatives be representing and upholding our democratic process rather than advocating for a ruling class to control jobs, opportunities, and policy?

Claire F. Jentsch
Durham

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Bearing arms a reasonable right

In light of the horrible carnage in Newtown, I feel compelled to offer some thoughts. In 1995, Timothy McVeigh murdered 168 people, including 19 children, with fertilizer and gasoline. Countless murders can be attributed to the use of kitchen knives, baseball bats and other household items. The bottom line is, if a psychopathic person wants to kill, they will kill and we cannot stop that.

I am the father of two beautiful young children and am heartbroken at the loss of life in Newtown. However, I still believe in my Second Amendment right to bear arms. This amendment states that it is “necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” This means that you are allowed to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

I agree that stricter gun control may be necessary. Buying semi-automatic weapons at Walmart and owning a stockpile is unreasonable. My right to bear an arm to protect myself and my family is not only reasonable but diligent.

Mike Ellis
Bahama