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Your Turn: Nov. 24

November 24, 2018

Soon, regulationAs mass shootings become an almost daily occurrence, pretty soon the number of people touched by gun violence will outnumber those unaffected and the question of gun control will resolve itself.At the rate these tragedies are happening, it won’t be long before that critical mass point is reached and sensible gun control legislation should follow.Judy HummelIt is my jobRe: “Not doctors’ job,” Your Turn, Tuesday:Gun ownership is a personal choice and thus not at issue during an office visit. How weapons are stored, who has access and whether there is adequate supervision is my business.As a safety advocate, reminding parents about the importance of secure gun storage is just as important as discussing car seat use, water safety and poison control. A conversation about guns is not an attack on the Second Amendment but an opportunity to prevent accidental injury and death in my patient’s home, which is inclusive of law-abiding gun owners.Linda F. Howelton, M.D.Things changeAmerica was built on many things, among them the practice of slavery. Yet I think everyone can agree that we certainly don’t want to go back in that direction. So to assume that America should forever freely allow illegal immigrants to enter into the country is ridiculous. There has to be restrictions and limitations for several reasons.For one, we’re not living in the early 1900s when there was a need for infrastructure. That time has come and passed.Second, millions of U.S citizens are living in poverty, and as a country we need to take care of them before we take on other countries’ citizens.Third, at some point we as a country have to realize that there are only so many jobs available even for the millions of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. What happens when there are more people than jobs?And, finally, we have to come to the realization that we live in a terrorist world. Gone are the days of our soldiers fighting their soldiers. These extremist groups will attack anyone, anywhere, at anytime. They don’t care if women or children or innocent men get in the way.Alberto GamboaJust what it saysRe: “The 14th meant …” Your Turn, Nov. 11, and “What 14th means,” Your Turn, Nov. 18:William Montjoye wrote that this amendment was never intended to “protect the human rights” of children born to a woman who entered the country without permission. Another letter a week later expressed similar sentiments.Reading the thoughts of long dead people is an iffy prospect at best. The 14th amendment was ratified in 1868, but the first law restricting immigration, the Chinese Exclusion Act, was passed in 1882. If the creators of the 14th amendment had had a concept of illegal immigration, a dubious assumption, they could have written it into the text.To eliminate birthright citizenship, a bill would first have to be passed by Congress, unlikely in the foreseeable future. The bill would be challenged in federal court as unconstitutional and work its way up to the Supreme Court. Many of the conservative justices, like the late Justice Scalia, believe in interpreting the Constitution as it is written, so I expect they would overturn it.The eminent Donald Trump knows less about the Constitution that I do, a scary thought since my last class in American government was in ninth grade. The president, Congress and the federal judiciary all have power over each other to prevent any one of the three from gaining too much power. Our Founding Fathers made a system that thwarts abuses such as dictatorial powers. Trump raging at judges who make rulings that don’t please him shows that he does not understand this concept.Lastly, if a few thousand half-starved people on foot constitute an “invasion,” God help us if somebody attacks with bombs and missiles.Thomas L. Arnow, Ph.D.The risk is realRe: “‘Terror movie’ weather feared,” front page, Tuesday:Thank you for boldly choosing to put news of the most recent report from “Nature Climate Change” on the front page. It deserves urgent attention, but it has, so far, not received that among any powerful and public decision-makers.Polls show that the majority of voters believe climate change is real, but they are not asked about the urgency of the problem. This article helps explain that. Undoubtedly, expect to receive hate mail in response because, unfortunately, many who know little of the science also know little of the impacts we’ll face. Obviously, the fact that we don’t know the future and can’t predict exactly “when and where” is no excuse for ignoring the risks. Unfortunately, the same is done with the national debt.On the other side of the issue, many environmentalists, by doing the same as they have since the 1970s, turn off so many moderates by blaming industry for a doom-and-gloom scenario. This often ignores how corporations work.Indeed, it’s like mixing saltwater and freshwater systems. When they meet, they do not mix well. Fact is, there are indeed startup solutions, such as the carbon dividends plan from the Climate Leadership Council or from Citizens’ Climate Lobby. At this point, it’s either more regulations or more cost for fossil fuels. The latter is the best method, according to economists, and therefore has the best chance of success. After all, it leaves solutions up to the efficiencies of the market.Like our debt, meaningful conversations of the dilemma turn emotional, and solutions, therefore, get ignored.Bill Hurley, member, Citizens Climate Lobby of SANot disenfranchisedRe: “Counting every vote the priority,” Editorial, Monday:How can a person who casts a provisional ballot be considered “disenfranchised” for failing to cure the ballot? Your editorial states that now that the provisional ballot list is public record it needs to be “scrutinized .…to determine if prohibiting the delayed release … disenfranchised any voter.”A person casting a provisional ballot was told verbally and in writing exactly what needed to be accomplished and the time frame to do it. If a voter fails to properly follow up, how can that be considered disenfranchising?Don Ripley, Floresville

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