Tuesday, October 10, 2017 1:00 am
Informed on armed citizens
Jaclyn Emberton (Oct. 1) wrote about “the armed Samaritan” who used his weapon to assist the police in foiling a robbery. She thought that was awful, even going so far as to state that he should have been arrested.
I often read letters from gun-hating individuals who are ignorant about weapons, who think only police have the ability to stop crimes in the making. Since she is so interested in the subject, she should read some of the letters in NRA's “American Rifleman” magazine in the “Armed Citizen” column, which illustrates each month instances in which ordinary people stop crimes. Maybe she will then become more qualified to speak on the subject.
DACA analogy's logic rests on illogical assumptions
I agree with the logical approach Anthony W. Gensic took in his Sept. 25 letter to begin a dialogue on the complicated issue of DACA. Policy at this level needs to be cast over a wide area, but boiling an issue down to its simplest terms can be problematic, too.
First, there are implied assumptions in his arguments that need further consideration.
1. The uninvited family (Family B) is truly squatting – doing nothing to help the homeowner (Family A) but relying on them for food, clothing and shelter. But what if Family B pays rent, attends school and jobs, and follows all the rules of the household?
2. Family B's original home is a safe place that needs cosmetic work. But what if Family B's home has mold or asbestos, making it unsafe, or if their home was in a dangerous neighborhood? Would we still want them to remain there?
3. Family A's home is small and can only accommodate a few people. But what if Family A's home had multiple rooms that were not being used?
4. Everyone in Family A is willing to complete all the chores necessary for the household. But what if Family B was willing to do all the chores Family A hates to do? Why wouldn't Family B receive the same level of compensation for work done well?
5. Families are only created through marriage and birth. But what if we were willing to see the benefits of having these other people in our lives and included them in our family as true members? Why couldn't we allow them to complete the process to become adopted members of Family A?
Secondly, his argument includes a group of neighbors who appear to be the Greek chorus making judgments upon the household. But if Family A is a stand-in for the United States, then the neighbors in his argument would have to be anyone outside the home (USA) and therefore would not have a voice/vote in how the home was run.
Thirdly, DACA is concerned with only the children of illegal immigrants. So I'm unclear if his letter is really concerned with the children of Family B or the whole family, which would be a broader immigration policy.
I don't think Gensic is alone in pondering this issue from a logical perspective, which is why it is taking so long to create a policy that is equitable for all.
But, please remember that even Mr. Spock was half human – and he learned to allow his emotions to guide some of his decisions.
Education on Constitution
A huge thank you to the Allen County Bar Foundation for sponsoring Constitution 101, a three-session class for adults based on the We the People curriculum used in local schools. The Bar Foundation created a great opportunity for people to learn more about the U.S. Constitution, what the founders intended and what it means for us today. Robert Leming, who led the class, is an engaging and dynamic speaker.
Kudos to the participants for their civil and respectful discussions. The knowledge and diverse experiences shared by those in attendance was an added value.