Voices
April 2, 2009 Issue

LETTERS


Bryan feels everyone should own firearms and join the NRA

Dear Editor:

Mr. D’Antignac’s letter of March 26 is simply a regurgitation of Hillary Clinton’s speech and the pablum being spewed by the leftwing blogs. I doubt very seriously if Mr. D’Antignac knows the definition of an assault rifle. An assault rifle is a rifle designed for combat, with selective fire (capable of shooting fully automatic and semi automatic). Fully automatic weapons have been outlawed in the U.S. since 1936! The automatic weapons being used by the drug cartels, etc. cannot be purchased in the U.S. The assault rifle legislation in congress outlaws weapons that look like an assault rifle. The “AK-47s” being sold in the U.S. are no different in firepower than the average deer rifle. I would also like to remind Mr. D’Antignac that it is already a federal crime to buy and sell firearms without a federal permit.

Passing gun laws that restrict the law abiding citizen will not stop those who are already breaking the law and will actually have the effect of increasing violent crime. England passed very stringent gun laws and the anti-gun groups will point to the reduction in gun crime. However, what they won’t tell you is that violent crime increased fourfold. Young thugs thought nothing of taking a baseball bat to the elderly who were left with no means to defend themselves. How would your parents or grandparents defend themselves?

I am a proud member of the NRA. The NRA supports enforcement of all common sense gun laws. The NRA also has programs to teach our children about gun safety. I urge everyone to purchase a firearm, take a training course, get a concealed carry permit and join the NRA.

John Bryan
Wrens

 

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Is our press fair and balanced? Clements doesn’t think so

Dear Editor:

Do we have a fair and balanced news media in America? Should we all be proud of “democrats in office?” Here is a sampling of what is happening in the real world:

(1) A few weeks ago Pres. Bush quietly boards his helicopter and leaves for Texas. His only comments were, ”Today is not about me. Today is a historical day for our nation and people.”

Eight years ago, outgoing Pres. Bill Clinton schedules two separate radio addresses to the nation and organizes a public farewell speech/rally in downtown Washington, D. C., scheduled to directly conflict with incoming Pres. Bush’s inauguration ceremony.

(2) Recently Bush left office without issuing a single presidential pardon, granting a commutation of sentence for two former Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a convicted drug smuggler.

Eight years ago Clinton issued 140 pardons and several commutations of sentence in his final day in office. Included in these were billionaire financier, convicted tax evader and leading democratic campaign contributor, Marc Rich (Rich was also on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted for doing business with Iran while they held our embassy people hostage); Whitewater scandal figure Susan McDougal; Congressional Post Office Scandal figure and former Democratic Congressman Dan Rostenkowski; convicted bank fraud, sexual assault and child porn perpetrator and former Democratic Congressman Mel Reynolds; and convicted drug felon, Roger Clinton, half-brother of Pres. Clinton. Also pardoned by Clinton were some Puerto Rican terrorists who set off 130 bombs and killed several Americans and although they had not officially requested a pardon this action certainly didn’t hurt Hillary’s chances of getting elected senator from New York.

(3) A few weeks ago the Bush daughters left gift baskets of flowers, candy, stuffed animals, DVDs and CDs for the Obama daughters along with sincere notes of encouragement.

Eight years ago Clinton and Gore staffers ripped computer and electrical wires from the White House walls, stuffed piles of paper, etc. into the White House toilets, systematically removed the letter “W” from every computer key-pad in the entire White House and damaged thousands of dollars worth of furniture in the White House master bedroom.

(4) Approximately four years ago media headlines blared “Republicans spending $42 million on inauguration while troops die in un-armored Humvees,” “Bush extravagance exceeds any reason during tough economic times,” “Fat cats get their $42 million inauguration party, ordinary Americans get the shaft.”

A few weeks ago headlines read “Historic Obama Inauguration will cost only $170 million,” “Obama spends $170 million on inauguration. America Needs a Big Party,” “Everyman Obama shows America how to celebrate,” “Citibank executives contribute $8 million to Obama Inauguration.”

It just goes to show that one only has to pay attention to the news media and one can become just as informed as anyone who researches these matters diligen-tly...not.

Robert Clements
(Future resident of the Poor House),
Louisville




Fuller Center prepares to go to work

Dear Editor:

Representatives of the Jefferson County Board of the Fuller Foundation for Housing would like to thank you for your recent article concerning our efforts to help provide more livable housing for area persons.

Local board members are: Mitch Vaughn, J.C. Farrington, Tommy Dye, Ray Garrer, Lee Shellman, Laura Gibbons, Elaine Henly, Felton and Marianne Miller, Brenda Reagan and Kari Wilcher. Jefferson County residents have often shown their willingness to help one another and this group has moved out in faith that their eare many others who will help with their money, muscles and talents. So this is a “call to arms” asking all local churches, businesses, corporations, banks and individuals to participate in making Jefferson County a better place to live. Non-profit rules assure that funds will not be misused. All donations from $1 to $10,000 and above are tax deductible and may be mailed to Jefferson County Fuller Foundation for Housing, P.O. Box 858, Louisville, GA 30434. Funds collected locally are used locally. Fuller Foundation pledges to match any and all funds received into the Jefferson County unit so that we may begin to accomplish the dream of improving poverty level housing in our area.

We now have received non-profit standing, established a basic board and committees, and will soon be prepared to go to work in earnest. This unit of the national Fuller Foundation for Housing will first begin only with making basic repairs designed to improve living conditions in existing housing. It is never the intention of Fuller Foundation to infringe on the livelihood of persons who are employed in the construction business. Guidelines for the Foundation state that persons applying for assistance must show proof that they are financially unable to make and pay for the necessary repairs themselves. However, all Fuller assistance is designed to provide “a hand UP rather than a hand-out” and persons receiving assistance pledge to pay back into Foundation funding, over a period of time, small amounts that fall within their budgets. This plan is called a “Blessing Box” whereby the recipients of aid pass the blessing forward in order to help others like themselves.

Members of Shekinah’s congregation were privileged to meet Millard Fuller in person just a couple of weeks before he passed to his heavenly reward. They were greatly impressed with his charisma and his humility as well as his great heart for helping the “fatherless and widowed in their affliction.” James 1:27

Paraphrasing from James 2:14-17, Mr. Fuller was fond of saying, “Faith without works is as dead as a doornail.” Interested persons from all areas of the county are urged and welcome to join the team.

Gratefully,

Marianne Miller
For The Fuller Center for Housing of Jefferson County

 


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