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Letters to the Editor, April 17

War on guns

The war on guns! Again, we have seen this before.

Remember the war on drugs? How effective was that effort? Now we have legalized marijuana and provide controlled environments for people to use what are still deemed illegal drugs.

Let us not forget the war on the homeless, local governments creating environments that attract more homeless, then complaining about not having enough money to support the onslaught.

We have failed as a society in all these endeavors. The war on guns will fail just as these other domestic wars have failed. Creating new laws as Initiative 43 will do will have little or no effect on gun violence. The initiative is an attempt to remove guns from ordinary law-abiding gun owners while the bad guys laugh as law-biding citizens become criminals!

Will gun violence end? No! If anything it will go up if the ordinary citizen is disarmed.

The Second Amendment protects the First Amendment, which allows persons such as David Hogg to misuse and misinform from his bully pulpit. The Second Amendment is also intended to make sure our government doesn’t run amuck as it did during the previous administration.

R. Scofield


Thanks for vet ceremony

Thanks to coverage in the March 16 Mail Tribune, I attended the dedication ceremony and new flag raising at the August D. Singler Memorial Plaza on March 30. The event honored prisoners of war and those missing in action. It took place at 2 p.m. with excellent speakers and with a dedication of three new flagpoles for the American, Oregon and POW/MIA flags. Your paper had excellent coverage in earlier issues of three remarkable veterans who served so bravely in various theaters of war. Those articles also motivated me to attend the event.

On a personal note, I went specifically to honor my brother, James Joseph Killackey, who passed away on Jan. 29 this year and who served in Vietnam. The ceremony meant a lot to me and I am certain it would have to him also.

Thank you to all involved.

Mary K. Arnstad


An excellent candidate

Jamie McLeod-Skinner is an excellent candidate for U.S. Congress, District 2, and offers the exciting possibility of replacing Greg Walden.

Jamie is familiar with elected office and as an engineer worked to improve water systems, including a time in Kosovo to help develop access to clean water. She has been traveling throughout Oregon listening to citizens’ concerns about health care, land management issues and the desire to feel more confident their needs are being considered in Washington.

Jamie McLeod-Skinner tells us that this race can be won. She has participated in forums across the state expressing her commitment to human rights and the importance of working together to formulate a better future for our state and for our country. Jamie is honest and experienced. She has my vote and I hope you will cast your vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner in the May 15 primary election.

Rosemary Dunn Dalton


Look where that got Germany

Virginia Rodriguez, in her letter to the editor of April 8, claims we should blindly follow our leader, as that is what the Bible tells us to do. Hmm ... look where that got the Germans in World War II.

Katharine Lang


Letters to the Editor, April 17