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Why isnít restaurant footing inoculation bill?

I just read an article regarding the hepatitis A inoculations costing at least $17,000. It is with great interest that once again we find the taxpayers footing a bill for a company’s mistakes. How is it OK for the restaurant not to be liable for any of this cost? It seems that we are letting just about everyone do whatever they want with no accountability for their actions.


Chiefís examples disprove background-check claim

Police Chief Rusty York recently demanded more gun control under the headline “Background checks will save cops” (June 2). He cites five recent violent incidents and claims that background checks “might have made a difference” in three of the five. Unfortunately for York, four of the five examples he cites disprove his own point.

Example 1: Gun was stolen. Example 2: Gun was legally owned (no contrary evidence given). Example 3: Gun was borrowed from an acquaintance. Example 4: Gun was purchased from an acquaintance. Example 5: Man using the gun was a felon; it is already illegal for him to own a weapon.

New background-check laws do nothing to stop any of those, with the exception of No. 4, the acquaintance sale. In that case, I’m sure someone who disregards the law enough to shoot at police officers would have respected a law requiring that he voluntarily submit to a private-sale background check.

The article goes on to say, “Our officers are encountering more people than ever before who are armed and inclined to assault a police officer or to use them to carry out their suicide.” Could it be then that the problem is the heart of those people?

I have lived in a home with firearms my entire life, and no one from my family has ever assaulted anyone with a firearm. The problem lies in the hearts and minds of evil people, not in metal inanimate objects than can be used for good or evil.

I’ll keep my guns and my constitutional right to pass them on to my children without the infringement of the federal government. I will also keep going door to door every week, sharing the life-changing news that Jesus died for all and he commands us to love our fellow man.


Amnesty plan invites additional lawbreakers

I am absolutely opposed to the president’s plan to give amnesty to millions of individuals residing in the U.S. illegally. We are, after all, a country of laws, and I do not believe it is in our best interest to reward those who have chosen to break our laws.

I also believe that yet another round of amnesty will only serve as an open invitation for millions more to enter illegally.

I am also very strongly opposed to Sen. Orrin Hatch’s amendment to the immigration bill that would remove the requirement for employers to first seek out and hire Americans for high-tech jobs before hiring foreign workers for those positions. Isn’t Hatch supposed to represent Americans and serve their best interests, rather than those of foreign nationals?

It is past time that the elected representatives of the American people begin to serve those people rather than foreign nationals, the very rich and multinational corporations. Let it begin by a rejection of the president’s amnesty plan.