Oct. 23, 2013: Our readers write

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Another school shooting

As a mom my heart is broken over another school shooting. If your heart is broken too then hug your kids, dry your tears and act. My heart and mind is with the victims of the 16th shooting at an American school in 2013, which occurred in Nevada. It’s time for Congress to do its job and protect American children. Please act in honor of the victims and help prevent another shooting at a U.S. school. Please ask your representative to co-sponsor this important legislation in the House of Representatives. The King-Thompson expanded background check bill (H.R. 1565) is common sense gun safety legislation and supported by 90 percent of Americans. 

1) Requires background checks for all gun sales in commercial settings, including at gun shows, on the Internet and in classified ads.

2) Does not cover other types of transfers, including those between friends and family.

3) Prohibits gun registries.

Let your representative know that you expect Congress to represent and support American families, not the gun lobby.

Tracey Goodlett

Lebanon Junction


Picking and choosing law

When Obamacare was signed into law in March of 2010, then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi famously said we had to “pass the law to find out what was in it.” How right she was. 

Over the past three and a half years, Americans have seen first hand that the law was poorly designed and was passed under false pretenses. 

Democrats in Congress promised the law would expand coverage, reduce the deficit and improve quality of care. On each count, they were wrong. Even those who initially supported the law, including Congressional staffers and union leaders, are seeing the law’s negative impact and requesting their own waivers. Over the past three years, the White House has issued numerous waivers and exemptions for big labor, big business, and big government.

Even Congress now has its own special exemption from the health care law. One of the most important aspects of the rule of law in the United States is the fair and equal application of the law. We should not have one set of laws for one group of people and a completely different set of laws for other groups of people. But with Obamacare, that’s exactly what is happening. The ruling elite in Washington, D.C., does not have to abide by the very law they wrote and are forcing us to live under. Similarly, unions and big businesses with political connections have managed to secure their own exemptions.

But what about the rest of Americans? Don’t we deserve to be exempt from this harmful law that is already damaging the economy? Learn more at www.exemptamerica.com

Hans Marsen