TERRE HAUTE —
Focusing on the true meaning of our laws
Notwithstanding the United States Supreme Court’s holding in McDonald vs. Chicago, it was never the intent of the authors of the United States Constitution’s Bill of Rights (first 10 amendments) to extend to the individual the right to keep and bear arms under the wording of the Second Amendment.
Various amendments founded in these 10 amendments address the civil rights of the people in an aggregate sense, by the word people; versus the word person(s) intended for the use in an individual context. By the First Amendment, the people are protected against government interference in the collective sense: religion, speech, press, assembly, and redress of grievances. Of the Second Amendment, the people hold the right to protect themselves by a standing militia to establish the security of a free state via a well-regulated force which keeps and bears armaments to protect the state against all enemies foreign and domestic.
Contrariwise, Amendments Nine and Ten address the collective rights of the people by use of the word people. The authors postulated individual rights via Amendments Three, Four, Five, and Six by and through the use of person(s).
Given these amendments manifest and differentiate between collective and individual rights, had the authors intended the Second Amendment to include the individuals’ rights to possess guns, this amendment’s wording would have been the right of the person (not the people) to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
In this context, what is the product of this ignorance of the meaning and import of the Second Amendment? The fact is we now have a generation of Americans, including a Supreme Court, who believe in and are guided by the consequence of an individual gun ownership falsehood which was never intended by the authors of the Second Amendment.
Since millions of these lethal weapons are held and circulate in American society involving weapons of war such as the AR-15, AK-47, and Glock 40, what happened in Aurora, Colo., last week is destined to happen again.
— Earl Beal
What’s up with those without IDs
Back on July 13 I read an aggravating Trib-Star editorial on the subject of “Flawed premise deprives voters.” Feeling at once this was another attempt to gather many more un-documented, perhaps illegal votes for our elitist Democrats and Obama, I had to respond.
The editorial states that our voter ID laws are too stringent. They are not. They also state that these laws suppress voter participation. If they do, it’s because those voters are illegal, ignorant, feel above the law or are just lazy.
If you have read the news, watched the news and followed this scenario, you are aware that the Obama regime has been working overtime to change our valid and necessary voter laws. Why would that be?
Would you please take a moment and remember all the men and women who have given their lives defending our many freedoms — one of those is the right to vote. Stop and consider that they did not serve or die to dumb down the American voting system. What could be more important than a legitimate, documented vote? This is the first step against voter fraud.
Noteworthy: I want to stop here and state that the right to vote is the foundation of any democracy, yet most Americans do not realize that we do not have a constitutionally protected right to vote. While there are amendments to the U.S. Constitution that prohibit discrimination based on race (15th), sex (19th) and age (26th), no affirmative right to vote exists.
While I was reflecting on this subject, I remembered back to a letter written in early 2011 by Mike McLean. In his letter he states a few things that require a valid ID (as I remember them): Cashing a check, buying liquor, buying cigarettes, obtaining welfare, Social Security, selling copper, getting a passport (try that one), and getting a driver’s license.
I’m 74 years old, voted all my adult life, attempt to stay informed and lately the hot topic of conversation is politics, unfortunately. A main topic is voter ID and why anyone would want to lessen the requirement to valid identity. I do not know anyone of voting age without accepted ID. Do you?
(Yes I do know a few older folks who have never had a driver’s license. However, they can obtain a valid ID at any BMV.)
What I’ve not been able to glean from the Trib-Star editorial, are any examples of how our present Indiana ID law to show a government-approved ID card is causing anyone a hardship.
— William P. Thiel
TERRE HAUTE —
Focusing on the true meaning of our laws
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Rich history all along the river
Great work by Duke employees
READERS’ FORUM: May 21, 2013
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READERS' FORUM: May 20, 2013
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Students enjoyed Rose study trip
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• Pondering effects of Obamacare
• Fantasizing on the ‘Apocalypse’
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• Great experience for HCMS students
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READERS' FORUM: May 17, 2013
Hinduism doesn’t deserve ridicule — Shefali Purohit, Terre Haute
Readers' Forum: May 16, 2013
Moving Deming folks sounds ‘nuts’
Readers' Forum: May 15, 2013
Participants rise to the challenge: I would like to write a letter congratulating all the Wabash Valley Roadrunners that competed in the One America Indianapolis Mini Marathon.
READERS' FORUM: May 14, 2013
ISTEP failure exposes flaws
Community hasn’t changed its spirit
Egregious threat to nation’s defense
READERS' FORUM: May 13, 2013
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• Let’s hope this doesn’t come true
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Proud to be old-fashioned
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Promoting hate not a ‘brave’ act
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Readers’ Forum: May 11, 2013
I just wanted to express my disappointment at the lack of response shown by President Obama after the Boston Marathon bombings.
Readers' Forum: May 10, 2013
CANDLES event plants new seed: On April 26, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center hosted an event called “Sowing Seeds of Peace: A Celebration of Spring” at the Apple House. Our purpose was to introduce people to our concept of forgiveness as a seed for peace.
READERS’ FORUM: May 6, 2013
• Money drives our newfound ‘needs’
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Readers’ Forum; May 5, 2013
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FLASHPOINT: Lessons from the legacy media — get it right, first
Enough mistakes and maybe we’ll learn: When in doubt, leave it out.
FLASHPOINT: Hoosiers got steady hand in recent session
As the General Assembly began its work last November, as Speaker of the House, I pledged a renewed spirit of bipartisanship with legislators working together to solve our state’s most pressing challenges. As this year’s legislative session concludes, representatives from throughout the state — Republican and Democrat — have joined together to address those issues at the forefront of Hoosier minds: maintaining our state’s fiscal integrity, spurring job creation and expanding education opportunities for every Hoosier family.
READERS' FORUM: May 3, 2013
Deep gratitude during tragic time
READERS’ FORUM: May 2, 2013
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• Food price rise not appreciated
READERS' FORUM: May 1, 2013
Great support for Clay Habitat
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• Proud honor for THN student
READERS’ FORUM: April 29, 2013
• Avoid language of extremism
Readers' Forum: April 28, 2013
Another debacle for landowners: The integrity of our city and county officials continues to erode with an Issue that has come up on the east side of the city behind the Sycamore Terrace apartments.
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Readers’ Forum: April 25, 2013
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