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Apr. 13, 2013 @ 11:30 PM

Partisan politics must be set aside in gun issue

As I look around and read comments on social media, I begin to fear for the future of our country. The hostility between right and left, liberal and conservative, Democrat and Republican is scary. I begin to wonder if similar hostility ignited the Revolutionary or Civil war. Are we destined to have another war in our homeland?

The founding fathers definitely advocated individual rights, but I believe there was a clause in there somewhere mentioning "the common good." Yes, we all have the right to keep and bear arms, as our forefathers did with their muskets. But do we necessarily have the right to an automatic assault weapon whose only purpose is to slaughter? We register our home and possessions for insurance and tax purposes. Why object to registering weapons? If you are not a criminal and have nothing to hide, why not register your guns openly. I must believe in the common good and I cannot foresee government agents marching door to door seizing your guns.

On another note, who among us can cast the first stone and say our family was "pure" American and only spoke English? Immigration policies in our country are archaic and need to be a little more understanding of everyone's rights. Why are we so egotistical that we believe we are better than a poor Mexican crossing the river to provide a better life for his family, when our grandfather did the same thing from Ireland or Germany?

Please take a second to look at the big picture. We did not start this country with individuals; we started it as "we the people." Be a little understanding of all sides of the picture and let's work together for the common good.

Bette L. Backus

Kitts Hill, Ohio

Fire insurance hike an unfair solution

I see another West Virginia legislator has had another brainstorm. Raise fire insurance for home owners in order to create revenue for volunteer fire departments across the state. This is stupid! Maybe they need to find their own money.

As far as I'm concerned, I pay enough insurance. City taxes are too high. Why should I be asked to pay higher fire insurance for some town with nothing else to do but shine fire trucks?

It never amazes me how our leaders in government always want to get into my income.

Lennie Bledsoe




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