Mallard Fillmore cartoon was absurd
To the editor:
Never having seen a Mallard Fillmore cartoon prior to the one in question, I have to wonder if they are equally absurd. To say that Obama’s re-election is due to the mainstream media beggars the imagination.
No matter your opinion of our president, at least his campaign was much more truthful than Romney’s, and even the right wing’s favorite TV network, Fox News, still has trouble admitting that Obama won and that 53 percent of Americans voted for him.
Not only did Obama have a better ground game than Romney, but all the changing demographics of America are going against old-style Republican “values.” Being against women’s rights, ignoring Latinos, bashing gays and lesbians — these are nails in the GOP coffin.
Even all the lies of the Romney ads, financed by Crossroads Media, the Koch brothers, etc., couldn’t win the election for Romney. And the GOP voter suppression efforts didn’t work either.
Most Democrats are well read (New York Times, Washington Post, etc.) and watch PBS, CNN and MSNBC. Occasionally, I will listen to Rush Limbaugh to hear what untruths he is stating. Fox “Noise” has to be the biggest purveyor of lies and misstatements in America. What a ridiculous example of journalism.
I would challenge you to compare the accuracy of what the New York Times publishes to other newspapers, and then publish the results.
More than guns must be addressed to stop tragedies
To the editor:
Taylor Eckel’s flattering letter of Dec. 28 ascribes to me far more knowledge of Hobbes and Locke than I possess. Whatever conclusions I reached regarding the development of civilization and the role of government in furthering it were common-sense observations drawn from my reading of history and my general opinion of tragic human nature. My main concern in my letter was the reasonable restriction of assault weapons.
I am a firm believer in the Constitution and in the Second Amendment. I am all in favor of an individual’s right to own pistols, rifles and shotguns for sport or protection of person or property. However, I do think it unsettling, to say the least, for ordinary, freedom-loving citizens of the United States to feel the need to own machine guns.
Owning a machine-gun or assault rifle bespeaks a general paranoia about the future of our society and its domestic tranquility. It seems to me that people own machine guns because they anticipate civil war, anarchy, doomsday and fighting in the streets — in short, because they are being governed by their fears. They are thinking from weakness, not strength — and perhaps sowing the seeds of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
As a teacher, I view the idea of armed teachers or police in schools as a depressing sign of decline, and defeat for freedom and civilization in America. If we are at the point where we have to arm our educators and lock up our students against the barbarians in our midst, then the game is over and we might as well pack it in. We might as well pledge allegiance to the gun.
The tragedy in Newtown will not be addressed solely by the reasonable and constitutionally legitimate restriction of machine guns and assault rifles. The violence that saturates our movies, TV and video games — and the problems in education and mental health that are producing far too many profoundly alienated, disconnected young men — are equally important factors and must be addressed as well.