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The NRA’s undemocratic vision

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Updated: June 11, 2013 6:27AM

The NRA’s undemocratic vision

James Porter, the new president of the National Rifle Association, expounds from the podium that paramilitary groups need to rise to overthrow our government because it is destroying Americans’ rights. A major “right” for Porter would include unlimited numbers of guns for anyone with no regulation.

If these heavily armed groups could succeed in face of our military’s drones, tanks, bombers, fighter jets and heavily armed troops, just what would the “new” government look like? We only have to look at the results of the “Arab Spring” in the Middle East to see what happens when governments are uprooted.

I doubt if Porter and his supporters have even thought about what their new government would look like, but I don’t really believe that their “New America” would be democratic.

It is quite unsettling to see our democratic society, hard-won in increments, generation by generation, and still struggling to protect civil rights for every American, be so cavalierly dismissed.

Karen Wagner, Rolling Meadows

A question about America

If for all things there is a season, then what season do you think the United States is now in?

Leon J. Hoffman, Lake View

Double standard

Sometimes I’m astounded by our societal mind-set regarding those in the public eye. I’m thinking Mark Sanford, South Carolina’s ex-governor, who was just elected congressman in a special election.

He cheated on his wife to visit his lady friend in South America and told people that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. Enough folks forgave him that he could be again elected to office.

Now we have a lady sportscaster who slipped up on the air about the Blackhawks having sex (she meant to say success) during the season. The comment went viral, and then the Web had film of her co-hosting a somewhat verbally explicit cable show, and not too many are very forgiving of her. We forgive an elected official for a flagrant lie to his constituents and put our proverbial foot on the neck of a barely known sportscaster who has profusely apologized.

Timothy D. O’Reilly, Near North Side

Ban river dye

Recently a proposal was introduced at the City Council meeting to ban pavement sealants containing cancer-causing coal tar and high levels of carcinogens. This proposal also should have included fluorescein, a known carcinogen used to dye the Chicago river green on St. Patrick’s Day.

Walter A. Kiebles, Chicago

How to get “ethically made” clothes

I know one way to ensure that Americans are buying “ethically made” clothes, as suggested by Dale McFeatters. Find a way to bring manufacturing jobs like that back to this country. With everyone going to Wal-Mart for their $1.95 T-shirts, it’s no wonder that dangerous clothing mills like the one in Bangladesh supply the worlds apparel. But creating American jobs and reducing the trade deficit at the same time? Does anyone in government have any guts to slash imports from countries with cheap slave labor? How many Americans are walking around wearing garments that were paid for in blood?

Scott Sinclair, Gurnee

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