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Corn producers deserve our thanks, not blame

I am writing in regard to Ken Koenig’s April 23 letter. Koenig would like to place blame for obesity and immigration issues squarely on this nation’s corn producers.

Rather than spending my time pointing out the fallacies of Koenig’s beliefs, I would rather take the time to thank our corn producers for providing a valuable product with varied uses. In addition to the corn sweetener that Koenig thinks is so evil, corn also produces feed sources for our livestock producers (I would certainly miss the milk on my corn flakes, an occasional hamburger or ham sandwich); the ethanol that goes into my fuel tank every fill-up; and an increasingly used product in the production of cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and plastics.

Thanks for your hard work.


Representatives deny public will on guns

I was led to believe that our congresspeople were elected to represent us. If 90 percent of the people support expanded background checks for gun purchases, why did they not vote the way 90 percent of the electorate wants?

It seems obvious that our congresspeople are listening to the very vocal minority and not listening to the less vocal majority. The old adage, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease” proves true once again.

It would be so fair but now seemingly so unusual for a representative or senator to cast a vote for what we, the constituents, desire instead of casting his vote for the NRA.

Why do Indiana senators and representatives fight expanded background checks?


Existing laws unused in fighting gun crimes

We have the following federal firearms laws:

•Possession of a firearm or ammunition by a felon, fugitive or drug user, 10 years.

•Possession of a stolen firearm, 10 years.

•Shipping or transporting a stolen firearm across state lines, 10 years.

•Shipping or transporting a stolen firearm across state lines with intent to commit a felony, 10 years.

•Carrying, using or possessing a firearm in connection with a federal crime of violence or drug trafficking, 5 to 30 years consecutive mandatory-minimum sentence.

•Committing murder while in possession of a firearm in connection with a crime of violence or drug trafficking, the death penalty or life in prison.

•Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person who has three prior felony convictions for drug offenses or violent felonies, 15 years mandatory minimum.

•Interstate travel to acquire or transfer a firearm to commit crimes, 10 years.

I am puzzled why authorities don’t use these laws to prosecute criminals.

I would think that a prosecutor would use every available law to get the bad guys off the streets for as long as possible. But the current administration in Washington seems to want to make even more laws concerning firearms.

If the current laws are not used, could we get an explanation from the people responsible for prosecuting criminals, explaining why they cannot or will not use these laws?

BOB ROWE Fort Wayne