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Letter to the Editor
Friday, September 16, 2016
Dear Editor,
One of the many things citizens of Parmer, Bailey, and Castro county share is the frequent use of the Hub intersection (State Highway 214 and 86.) There was another fatal accident there last summer, this one claiming the life of an eight year old boy.
Immediately following this accident, requests were made by many concerned citizens to improve safety conditions, and TxDOT responded by quickly installing rumble strips.
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Usurping Congressional Power
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
In another disgusting attack on our civil rights, the President Barack Obama is already using the San Bernardino, Calif., tragedy to further his personal agenda to disarm private citizens.

As of Thursday, Dec. 3, many details about the incident were yet unknown, but as we’ve seen repeatedly this does little to slowdown the President’s constant rhetoric against portions of the US Constitution with which he disagrees.

As we’ve said before, the most constant factor from such assaults — whether based in foreign or domestic terrorism, is that these criminals aren’t stupid enough to attack a facility which allows individuals who have the potential of actively defending themselves.

They don’t want a shootout, they want victims. They don’t want a repeat of the OK Corral, they want a shooting gallery… sitting ducks that fall down and won’t get up.

Even the incident at Ft. Hood, while on a military base, focused upon unarmed military personnel.

With this recent tragedy, the President has voiced support for his latest effort to remove the capabilities of private citizens to defend themselves.

“And for those who are concerned about terrorism, some may be aware of the fact that we have a no-fly list where people can’t get on planes, but those same people who we don’t allow to fly could go into a store right now in the United States and buy a firearm and there’s nothing that we can do to stop them. That’s a law that needs to be changed,” the President is reported as saying Wednesday, Dec. 2.

In other words, his solution to the tragedy is to strip citizens of their constitutional rights without due process. How would his proposed actions defend against the pressure cooker bombs used at the Boston Marathon? How would they defend against the pipe bombs reportedly thrown at pursuing police officers Wednesday?

As we understand it, individuals may be placed on the “no fly” list at the whim of some government bureaucrat, without a court hearing or even explanation, and if the President’s proposal is enacted effectively removing those individual’s rights under the Second Amendment.

How long would it take for said bureaucrats — under the direction of someone with a liberal axe to bear, to once more focus their attention on freedom-loving citizens? In the past few years, the federal government has targeted both veterans and Christians as potential domestic terrorists.

Passage of a law as suggested by the President would empower his followers to the detriment of the nation.

“What we do know is that there are steps we can take to make Americans safer,” the President reportedly said also Wednesday, a statement with which we have to agree.

However, we differ greatly with him on how this goal can be accomplished.

Setting up “gun free zones” on school campuses — whether primary, secondary, or collegiate — does nothing but offer mad men both a goal and protection as they carry out their campaign of terror. Of course, the same potential problem surfaces at other firearm restricted areas.

Several months ago, members of our local school board broached the idea of following school districts such as Shamrock ISD and allowing authorized individuals to carry concealed on school property.

Unfortunately, no action followed this discussion.

It’s time for the school board to decide how far they will go to not only educate our children, but also to protect them.

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