Recent letters to the editor from Gazette readers.
About arming teachers
Just one more thought on arming teachers. I equate this proposal to the use of armed air marshals on your aircraft, which I believe are still in use today.
A few voluntary teachers who are properly vetted, trained and armed with a concealed weapon could be a valuable asset when an active shooter is present. These folks would be required to re-qualify every year, and, they are paid a bonus for their service.
Just a thought.
The ‘witch hunt’ for Maketa
Three cheers for former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa. At least some jurors have a sense of decency. Ever since Maketa left office, he has been harassed and litigated, in an effort to destroy him both in smearing his name, and with the imposition of constant legal costs. Sheriff Maketa believed in the Constitution, and followed through with serving the constitutional law of the land. He is to be admired.
His constant hounding and prosecutions can only lead the public to surmise he is the subject of a contrived witch hunt, If nothing else, the harassment of Maketa serves other law enforcement officers a warning. In politics today, he is not the only recipient of the left’s tactics in shameful and fraudulent allegations, using the arm of the courts to attack and paralyze Conservatives.
America = weapons
Yesterday I was driving behind a vehicle that had an American flag decal in its window. This flag decal was in the shape of a rifle. The message is clear: “ America = weapons” and this message has some facts to verify it.
A US News and World Report article asserts the United States is a leader in selling weapons to the world. This article cites a report from the Congressional Research Service, written in December 2016 by Catherine Theohary. Citing the Congressional Research Service’s nonpartisan report by Theohary, US News says the United States in 2015 accounted for more than half of all arms transfer agreements and ranked first in international arms deliveries worldwide. The United States is now accounting for more than 50 percent of the global arms market (Russia and France are second and third, respectively). Thus, this country is the leading “gun shop” for the world. We are essentially saying to other countries, “Hey, you wanna kill some people? We got what you need.” Is this what we want as our legacy? Are we making the world safer by selling weapons to developing nations? There must be some other way that our country can help spread freedom and democracy.
A case against the Oscars
School shootings, economic turmoil, threats of war, crumbling infrastructure... What to do?
I know: Watch the Oscars!
Sure, I want to curl up on the couch for six hours on a Sunday evening, to escape my mundane existence, and:
1. Listen to scantily-clad women in sheer gowns, which cost more than my car, tell me how terrible I am (because I’m a man) and how they will collectively no longer be seen as sexualized objects (while wearing overly revealing designer chaps). What they do is art, dammit!
2. To watch previews of inane attempts at “entertainment” (2017 movies) while the individuals who wrote, produced and “acted” in these movies stroke their fragile egos. What a great expenditure of untold hundreds of millions of dollars.
3. To be scolded by mediocre “comedian” Jimmy Kimmel, in a designer tuxedo that costs more than my car, while he weeps and embraces his self-appointed role as national conscience, and tells me how backward I am because I don’t think the same way he does. All of this from a person who gained some of his initial notoriety as the emcee of “The Man Show,” the intro of which presents large-breasted young women in T-shirts bouncing bra-less (in slow-motion) on a trampoline. Then, years later (after achieving perfect enlightenment) he stands on stage and cries about what evil human beings the current president and all of the men in our society are (well, except you and your private club of tuxedo-clad multi-millionaire human rights advocate friends, of course). Those men are the exception.
The dismal tide is upon us.
Another left-wing poll ... unreal
A headline in Friday’s paper caught my attention, claiming “Most Americans think Trump is racist, according to poll.” What proves to me that the media, regardless of bias direction, has lost all credibility is the statement printed in the second paragraph: “Of the 57 percent of adults who say Trump is racist, 8 in 10 are black, three-quarters are Hispanic and almost half are white.” Doing the math 8 in 10 = 80 percent, three-quarters = 75 percent, and almost half we’ll guess is maybe 48 percent. That totals more than 200 percent. So why should I believe any of the story if the stats are so out of whack. Sad thing is, all those on the left that ingest the anti-Trump propaganda will read only the headline.
Criminals don’t obey laws
Every time we have a new shooting there are increased calls for more laws. When are the American people going to learn that laws do not stop criminals from breaking those laws. In fact, laws don’t stop anyone from doing what they want to do. All you have to do is drive on the streets and highways of this great country, if you drive the speed limit, then you are impeding the flow of the traffic. People still text and drive, they drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol, convicted felons are arrested while in possession of hand guns and rapists still rape. Calling for new and stronger laws will not stop murderers, rapists or thieves from doing what they intend to do. What will stop them is stiffer penalties. We have become weak in delving out penalties for crimes committed. Bring back capital punishment for capital crimes. Stop the practice of plea bargaining! People say it saves money but think about keeping killers in prison for 50 years or more and each time they appeal. We the taxpayer get to pay for it. Let’s get serious about stopping crime and execute judgment where judgment is due.