Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Letters: Jan. 29, 2013
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Uranium mining threatens neighbors
Just a note to my neighbors around the Smith Mountain Lake area. The lake's back at full pond, we are having a mild winter (knock on wood), the economy is moving forward and we're poised for a good year and years to follow. Now, to a more serious subject.
Why in the world would we open up a huge can of worms and bring about possible devastating consequences by allowing uranium mining just a few miles from the Roanoke River, this beautiful lake and all the surrounding neighborhoods?
Every citizen of this beautiful part of Virginia should stand strongly against this endeavor, which is going to make a small group of businessmen very wealthy. I like wealth as much as the next guy, but folks, it stinks of greed and profit at our expense.
If this is allowed and it ends badly, there will be nothing we can do to reverse the damage, and what we worked hard for will be worth nothing. I'm talking about the value of our land, homes and way of life. Just remember (to paraphrase Stephen King): Trust is the liar's most useful tool.
No uranium mine -- not now, not ever.
Trying to get rid of guns won't work
The letter from Dillon Hogan ("Try a voluntary means of gun control") on Jan. 19, stating that a reward program should be started in which you could bring in a gun and get some form of payment for it, is just this side of ludicrous.
His statement that getting guns off the streets equals saving lives doesn't make sense. Does he think criminals will turn theirs in? It would be like the war on drugs, which has been ongoing all of my life so far -- a total waste of time.
Hope he can defend himself barehanded when someone comes at him armed.
Somehow, all that 'security' is scary
If state and national legislators truly believe that more guns in the hands of more people will make the populace safer, I would like to offer a few suggestions:
Allow all adult citizens who visit any government building, legislative house, court or executive office or residence to bring a legal, loaded firearm into the facility, no questions asked.
Insist that every public school teacher carry a loaded weapon on his or her person at all times during the school day.
Give dollar-for-dollar tax refunds to citizens who do not currently own a gun to purchase at least one, as well as the appropriate ammunition.
Oh, yes! I would feel much more secure knowing that everyone in the good ol' U.S. is armed to the hilt.
Mass shootings further the NRA
Every news channel had headline news about the Virginia Tech, Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., shootings. I heard many tear-jerking stories. These shooters are just more in the long line of shooters who are the National Rifle Association's greatest heroes.
Shootings like these put the NRA closer to its main goal: for every person to have unlimited numbers of any type guns and ammo, with no background check, and to carry or have a gun close at hand 24/7.
I have to laugh to see our elected leaders and newscasters saying the shootings are shocking. The shock to me is that any time elected officials try to get sensible laws for guns and ammo clips, the NRA spends millions of dollars to remove them from office.
For years, I was a member of the NRA. About six months ago, I had a very great pleasure in life. I cut up my membership card and mailed it back to the NRA. I can proudly say I am no longer a member of the NRA, which I put at the top of my list of individuals and organizations that want to kill Americans.
EARL L. GILLESPIE