Love those tickets!

Dear Editor:
I just wanted to thank you for the tickets to the Liberty Opry. My husband and I were there last Saturday and enjoyed it very much just as you said we would! We both agreed we’ll go again in the future. Keep up the good work.

Nancy Hebert
via email

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A few ideas

Dear Editor:
With yet another mass shooting on American soil by a white, American male terrorist, we see many government officials and those who voted them into office once again throw their hands up about how sad, tragic and senseless it is while offering “thoughts and prayers” with no REAL actions to stop these relentless deaths and rampages. Isn’t it interesting that when the suspect has brown skin, or is foreign born, they are quickly vilified as terrorists and bans and legislation are passed, new travel rules are enforced, and we even go to war? When it’s a white, male American, they’re called a “lone gunman,” “mentally ill,” and we just “can’t understand why” We are facing a public health CRISIS, with 93 Americans shot and killed DAILY (8 of them children), 12,000 gun-related homicides yearly, 91 mass shootings in the past 35 years, 50 women shot and killed monthly in domestic violence incidents, and America’s gun homicide rate being over 25 times higher than other developed countries. We need to act. There are no ribbon-wearing campaigns, awareness months celebrated, fun runs, safety regulations passed, etc. like when other health crises overwhelm our country and take many lives. Studies show that the majority of Americans support measures to reduce these deaths via common sense and straightforward solutions such as: Require background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases; Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds; Track the sale of large quantities of ammunition and ban online sales; Establish product safety oversight of guns and ammunition, and require child-safe gun technology; Support policies at companies and public institutions that promote gun safety; and Counter the gun industry nefforts to weaken gun laws at the state level. The average responsible gun owner would still be protected with these measures. The reason these protections are not in place is the billions in dollars our government officials receive each year from gun lobbyists. Look up how much your legislators have received from the NRA. It’s astounding to put the interests of corporate money and gun sales before the lives of Americans. Today, I beg of you to contact your representatives and let them know that you are aware of how much money they’ve received from groups like the NRA in exchange for gun sales, and lax gun laws which have already claimed millions of lives in recent years, and that you will no longer accept their empty thoughts and prayers without actions behind them to make REAL change! Use this easy tool to send them a quick email expressing your feelings, fears, concerns and ideas: It only takes a few minutes!

Amy Bakken


Not my God

Dear Editor:
Mark Fisk’s (Your Turn, 11-1-2017) letter mentions God, free will and prayer. He disagrees with my claim that prayer is futile. The Old Testament tells us about God; the New Testament tells us about Jesus. Consider these two Old-Testament statements: First, “If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, ‘Let us go and worship other gods’…, then kill them” (Deuteronomy 13,6:11). That statement supposedly is God speaking to us through Moses. Second, “This is what the Lord almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’ ” (1 Samuel 15:3) There you have God ordering Saul to kill men, women, children – even infants. Per Mr. Fisk, prayer helps him get closer to God. I want nothing to do with that lunatic that Mr. Fisk calls God!

Bill Bailey

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