Letter: No one needs an assault weapon with a 30-round clip


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Posted Online: Jan. 17, 2013, 3:31 pm
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I'm a liberal, as were our Founding Fathers. It wasn't conservatives who dumped the tea into Boston Harbor. Tax thing, you know. I'm not crazy about them, either. But I have been paying taxes for 50 years because I know I can't pave my own roads or buy my own cruise missiles.

And the Second Amendment does not say that every well-regulated militant teenager needs an assault weapon with a 30-round clip. No one does.

In 1967, my friends and neighbors let me go to Vietnam where they gave me an M16 with a 20-round clip. The plan was to keep Vietnam from going with the Russians: 58,000 dead later, Russia turned capitalist and Vietnam went communist and sells us T-shirts and caps.

The Supreme Court appointed George Bush president in 2000. He went to Crawford and went to sleep.

Bush came into office with four years of surpluses and a national debt projected to be paid off in 2006. Alan Greenspan said we were paying off the debt too fast. So Bush cut taxes on the rich and started a couple of unfunded wars and left us in a recession.

We didn't go over the cliff, no thanks to the Republican Congress. They have fought President Obama tooth and nail but we will recover anyway.
Republicans want Obama to lead them in the direction they want to go. How about a Depression this time?

What do the Republican Congress, George Bush and Dick Cheney have in common? Under 20 percent approval ratings.

James Gall,
Princeton, Iowa



















 




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  Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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