Cut U.S. military
Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan recently stated that the United States spends more on national defense than the other top 10 nations combined. There cannot be any reasonable justification for such an expenditure.
Former president and Army general Ike Eisenhower warned that we should be concerned about the military industrial complex. Now it is obvious why he made that warning.
The current defense budget could be reduced to much less than half without affecting security or military service people. To try to enact such a reduction would expose the military industrial complex through its objections and in the form it might choose to express such objections.
Catholics, Bishop Finn
I think there is confusion over the “verbal assaults” on Bishop Robert Finn.
The bishop was convicted by a court of law. He did not appeal. Bishop Finn, as a moral leader, should be held to a different standard.
He signed off on an agreement that held so much promise toward healing this diocese after previous abuse. If he did so only because his lawyers told him to or because he felt he was above reproach, then he is a very poor leader and didn’t understand what the Catholics in his diocese needed for the healing to begin.
Bishop Finn didn’t follow his own rules regarding abuse in our diocese. I know he states that he didn’t know. I have a difficult time believing that.
If he were in any other organization, a board of directors would most certainly vote to remove him because his conviction would tarnish the organization’s reputation.
Alas, I know the Catholic Church is not a democracy.
As a Catholic, I feel I have a moral obligation to protect my faith and what it stands for, even if it is against one of its leaders.
Since the mid-1990s, the Republican Party saw that a passion for its beliefs (all for one) was the road to domination of American politics. Bolstered by pledges, social religious tenets and appeals to groups such as the National Rifle Association, Republicans resisted even the most evident of modern problems facing the country.
With the popularity of the Clinton administration, the disappointments in the George W. Bush presidency and the re-election of President Barack Obama, they are now turning to compassion toward the very groups they once derided: women, homosexuals and illegal immigrants, and even have shown an acceptance of some taxes and gun regulations.
Is this softening of the hardest of hearts a realization of what actually makes up the American exceptionalism or just another prudent flip-flop in what passes for governance in our political history?
What is it going to take to make people mad enough to change the way our government treats us? Corporations and rich people are too big to fail and too big to prosecute.
Sen. Roy Blunt wants to give Monsanto carte blanche to destroy the environment.
We need to get our government back to representing its citizens and not the corporations or the top 1 percent.
NRA, guns, voting
My friends at the National Rifle Association have been earning their money lately. As a member, I received 15 emails recently, all pretty much the same.
They were full of half-truths and inflammatory language and with an anti-government spin that can only be described as shameful and disrespectful.
Look, they work for the American gun manufacturers and have for more than 40 years since they climbed in bed together to protect the gun manufacturers after the Gun Control Act of 1968.
So be it. This is America, where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, where you get the best government you can afford to buy.
American gun manufacturers are the rich getting richer because they can afford to buy the government they want.
Once again, single-issue voters prove they are willing to destroy the country they claim to love, as long as they get their way.
Study mass killings
Where is the outcry for banning backpacks after the Boston incident? This would make as much sense as banning guns because of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.
I think it is time to find out where all of this anger is coming from that causes people to stoop to these deeds. When we figure this out, maybe we can solve the problems.
I’ve been a life member of the National Rifle Association for more than 40 years and for a long time took pride in that membership. When I joined, the NRA was a sensible organization for the support of gun owners.
It allowed them to purchase economical surplus materials. It also promoted education in marksmanship, gun safety and hunting for those of all ages.
Over the years, marked changes have occurred in the activity and public performance of the NRA, particularly with the actions and comments of its current leader, Wayne LaPierre. In recent years, he has moved from a position that supported background checks for arms purchases to an attitude that manifests a knee-jerk reaction of vigorous opposition to any proposal, no matter how reasonable, that suggests modifications to firearms laws.
Because the NRA has ceased to represent me as it once did, I am no longer willing to have my name on its membership rolls.
Inasmuch as the organization has abandoned its position as my spokesman and thereby abrogated its agreement to represent me rationally, I hereby request the NRA accept my resignation, and in fairness, refund my life membership of $100.
Phillip E. King
Lee Judge cartoons
Thank you for featuring Lee Judge’s cartoons. I find them intelligent, insightful and incisive commentaries on current events.
Carol Anne Schmidt
Kansas, the country
After nearly 150 years, Kansas is backtracking on its struggle of a centralized government power. Today, state officials wish for Kansas to be its own small country and forgo what Kansans fought so hard to have in the first place.
I think the federal government should build a tall brick wall, with barbed wire on top, around the state and let Kansas be its own sovereign nation. Some Kansans clearly are slapping our beloved Constitution in the face.
All federal funding going to Kansas should cease immediately. If officials want Kansas to go its own way, then the federal government should let it happen.
Once Kansas has seceded, the feds can legally carry out drone strikes against the enemy. I hope the people in Kansas are preparing for a hard, long road ahead because they have the most to lose.
Ending gun deaths
Too many members of the American public have demonstrated their inability to handle guns responsibly. If you question this, just read newspapers or watch the news about teenagers who shoot babies or warped individuals going on rampages.
It is far past time that we significantly limit access to firearms, as many other developed countries have. Just look at the statistics of firearms deaths in this nation compared with other countries.
I think that if our Founding Fathers had been able to foresee future developments in firearms, the Second Amendment would have been worded differently. We no longer have to worry about creating a militia from the general population.
Hunting and sport shooting do not require large magazines and/or assault weapons. And, my personal belief is that the National Rifle Association, along with the gun industry, owns a portion of every firearm death in this country.
Unless you have deep pockets, it may not do any good, but consider writing to your representatives. At least you will have tried.