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LETTERS: Readers speak out on the issues

November 18, 2018

Trump should respectPocahontas and WarrenI agree with letter-writer Ward McCurtain’s recent defense of “Pocahontas.” My ancestry is analogous. For two centuries before my great-great grandfather came over, my ancestors lived in Ireland — as landholding gentry, fully documented, complete with a coat of arms and a mention in Burke’s. I like to think of myself as of Irish heritage. By blood, however, I am likely pure English but take no special pride therein. My sympathies are with Ireland. I have less clear claim by blood than Elizabeth Warren to hers.Consider her questioner, President Trump. He has been an equal-opportunity bigot, no friend to Native Americans — or Jews, or Latinos or blacks. Does he respect his own heritage; his grandfather may have changed his name from Drumpf to avoid being labeled German. Whether true, nobody much has cared.He certainly led the howls against President Obama. His followers homed in on “Hussein.” Perhaps that’s as well. Otherwise surely Trump would have been calling him “Kunta Kinte.” Then there’s the “false affirmative action” kerfluffle. This can’t explain Obama being president of the Harvard Law Review, or Sen. Elizabeth Warren being professor at SIX law schools. Do we suppose six schools gave her a pass, when none has so claimed?Want “affirmative action? Does having a millionaire father when transferring into Wharton qualify?Thomas C. Watson, Bridge CityIntent of Constitutionremains open to debateRe: Cal Thomas’s column on Nov. 8:The “original intent” argument for constitutional interpretation just doesn’t hold water. If anything, the original intent of the Founding Fathers was to create a document that would last forever and be adaptable to changing times.If Thomas wants to press “original intent,” then carry it out further to include the Second Amendment. All Americans have the right to bear arms. When that was written, arms consisted of muskets, flintlock long rifles and flintlock pistols. How could semi-automatic, military-grade weapons be considered arms if they did not even exist at the time the amendment was written and passed? I say confiscate all modern weaponry and give every American a musket and a flintlock pistol if original intent is the key with which we unlock the Constitution’s meaning.Argue birthright citizenship all you want, but don’t couch it in terms of what the original intent of the founders was. Beyond creating a document like none other that had existed before it and would last for as long as the people defended it, we can’t know what they would have said had they been able to read the future.Carey Georgas, SilsbeeGun laws mustkeep us saferYesterday a shooting; today a shooting; when will the next occur? It seems that every day there is a shooting somewhere. It feels all too common and it’s happening all over the United States. In today’s society, gun violence is sparking debate on how to control gun violence. Throughout the country, many laws and regulations have been enforced to aid in the control of guns; however, they have had little influence on the number of gun-related injuries and deaths. For gun violence to change, more needs to be done.America has recently witnessed many shootings. The perpetrators were either arrested or killed, and some took their own lives. Nonetheless, America keeps losing people each day. Tragically, the population is decreasing, and the problem persists. This is perfect reasoning why gun control should be in existence because, without appropriate laws from senseless shootings, a gun can be in anyone’s hands. However, if stricter gun laws are established, more lives would be saved. If there are no limits to who can have access to a gun, everyone is at risk which is why we are experiencing such violence today.No one can deny that guns are a huge part of the American culture; however, the question is whether a part of our culture should cost so many innocent lives. Every U.S. community has been affected by the reckless use of guns. Yes, we need guns to protect for self-protection, but we also need to protect our lives from ourselves.Jalynn Guillory, Stowell

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