Close legal loophole that puts guns in wrong hands
Long before mass shootings became our brutal norm, I advocated for gun safety because, in 1974, my brother was murdered with a gun.
We thought it couldn't get any worse, but since his death my extended family has suffered four suicides and a mercy killing/suicide — all by guns. That's why I support common sense gun laws like SB 1065.
Let's give law enforcement enough time to complete a background check by closing the Charleston loophole. Common sense. When a person is banned from having a gun due to prior offenses, let's trigger a police alert if he or she tries to buy a gun. Common sense. No one convicted of domestic violence or stalking should have a gun. Common sense.
Most Americans support these precautions to keep guns out of the hands of convicts. I ask Oregonians to support Senate Bill 1065 and close sloppy legal loopholes to help protect innocent people. Maybe we can't stop the proliferation of guns in our society for now, but at the very least we should close loopholes in the law to keep guns out of the hands of people who have proven to be dangerous.
Sheri Wantland, Beaverton
Time for corporations to pay their fair share
For some reason, which I don't understand, it is verboten to ask corporations to pay more to support the communities in which they operate. Instead we allow, and even encourage corporations to pull money out of communities, leaving average Americans to pick up the bill for the public services corporations use which allow them to do business.
The mantra for balancing our budget has been cut, cut, cut. Austerity has been sold as the means to stimulate the economy. By cutting benefits and curtailing public services you impede the flow of cash, which is what keeps an economy going. Instead of cutting benefits to balance the budget — the consequences of which are to hurt real people — our legislators need to have the courage to raise revenue to cover the $1.4 billion short fall by raising taxes on corporations.
Corporations such as Nike, Intel and Genentech have all backed raising revenue. Even the Oregonian's editorial staff has recommended raising revenue. During the remaining session of the Legislature, our legislators have a chance to do the right thing.
Oregon public schools can't survive more teacher layoffs and increased classroom size.
Sorah Dubitsky, Beaverton
Pleased by Trump's leadership for nation
I wonder how much we have advanced as a society? When I, an elderly widow, do not feel comfortable speaking and sharing my thoughts.
Why are people so angered at my different point of view? Am I not a free being able to think for myself? Or do you think that you are the only one who knows the truth? If you knew the truth, you would love me because I am a human being as you are made in the image of God.
I am glad Donald J. Trump is our president. He stands up for what is important to me. God is acknowledged in our nation. He supports Israel, while taking heavy regulations off our backs. He stands up for 900 babies that are aborted daily at our expense, etc. I think it is disgraceful how some people carry on with their blatant disrespect.
I believe Barack Obama should have been impeached for not protecting the American people, for giving our monies, assets to our enemies, etc. I saw the total corruption of Eric Holder regarding the "Fast and Furious" incident — no investigation, hey?
Trump is accused of Russian coercion. Was it not Hillary Clinton who gave away thousands of highly classified documents to whomever through her disobedient handling of her servers? She needs to answer to the American people why she gave stand-down orders to our military in Benghazi? Why she destroyed emails, servers, devices, etc.?
I believe Obama has intentionally caused much destruction to the USA and is scheming behind the scenes to bring America down. So I pray and vote. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Ephesians 6:12 KJV)
Pamela Bunyard, Tualatin