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The Rant

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 12:01 am

The Rant is The News-Sentinel's anonymous sound-off forum. The readers' views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel.

Why all the fuss about athletes using performance-enhancing drugs? I say let's let them drug up all they want and then show us all what they really can do.

Guns don't kill people, bullets do. Don't ban guns, ban ammunition.

Notre Dame is not going to get close to a national title with the patsy schedule they have. Pitt, Navy, Boston College and Purdue are not the way to prepare for the big time.

Why can't you apartment robbery victims carry a gun? Get a carry permit and do what the FWPD (Fort Wayne Police Department) cannot do. (Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty) York and (Mayor Tom) Henry are not able to protect you.

I hate to tell you liberals, but the mass ownership of guns is the only thing that can stop these whacko killers. You liberal letter writers live in a phony utopia where the government can protect every one. Average law-abiding citizens are far more responsible than you … .

Mayor Henry, you should be ashamed of yourself! Spend, spend, spend. Cutting down trees makes more sense than spending an outrageous amount in relocating the statue. Try listening to the people you represent.

On the one-month anniversary after the Newtown (Conn.) massacre, the NRA, which condemned violent video games rather than guns, released a free phone app, self-rated for ages 4 and above, in which you can shoot at coffin-shaped targets using a variety of virtual guns and rifles. Does the NRA have any self-awareness?

You bet my Social Security is an “entitlement,” just like my savings account is an entitlement! The big difference is, I had a choice about contributing to my savings account. I didn't with my Social Security. Maybe the people who borrowed against Social Security should have to pay it back?

We are not a theocracy but as, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote from the Birmingham jail, the Constitution and Declaration (of Independence) express “the most sacred values of our Judeo-Christian heritage.” It means living out what our Declaration calls a “firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.” America's founders shared a common belief that religion mattered for the commonwealth of the nation.

There is a great difference between want and need. The moving of Gen. Wayne is a want. The mayor spoke with some groups that want it moved … . I along with thousands of citizens of Fort Wayne are your boss, another group, who think we do not need the statue to be moved. Trim the shrubs and light it up.

Why is it that whenever the Democrats become concerned about protecting life, they want to ban firearms? Yet they are very much opposed to banning abortions, which kills more Americans than gun violence?

Here's the real issue on gun control. The citizens are more fearful of their own government tyranny than crooks and thieves!

The election is over. Let's work together to solve some of this country's problems. I am sick of Republicans vs. Democrats. Who cares? Our babies are dying in school shootings, and Congress is fighting about the right to have assault weapons. I think the word assault is pretty self explanatory. Where is common sense, decency and love for our fellow man?

Republicans, please wake up! Instead of declaring that people like Chuck Hagel, Colin Powell and Joe Scarborough must not be Republicans any more since they dare to critique the party, listen to them. If you don't, you will continue to marginalize the party until it becomes irrelevant.

New gun laws! Wow! I hope they work better than the “drug” laws. I also remember reading how well “Prohibition” worked. What a “joke!”

When felons or other people not allowed by law to obtain guns try to buy them and get flagged by a background check, why aren't they arrested? All these feel-good laws are useless if not enforced. They should be in prison, not some kid who uses pot.

What can a person do when a local business does not do what they say they can? I purchased new glasses in November 2011. The lenses keep falling out. They have been returned to the lab several times for repair, and new lenses even made, but the lenses continue to fall out. I have filed a complaint with my insurance company, the division handling the optical portion of the insurance, and now the BBB (Better Business Bureau).

We banned assault weapons and high-capacity magazines for 10 years with no effect. If it doesn't work this time, is the next step banning all guns? This president will revert to more theatrics with an adoring audience and a children-filled stage. Whatever it takes in this dumbed-down, gullible America.

Military-style rifles look menacing, but a revolver with speed loaders can kill quickly, too.

What President Obama should have said in his speech is to do all he can to keep the guns out of mentally ill people's hands.

President Obama's TV speech says we need to do everything we can to keep the guns from “criminals.” Ain't that what we've been trying to do the past couple of hundred years of law passing?

Isn't it time the city did something about the inevitable flooding of the Tillman Road/Calhoun Street area? How about a permanent dike that other neighborhoods and areas have gotten?

A Pew research poll from Jan. 14 indicates a large disparity between men and women on the issue gun control, with women much more in favor of controls. Should we, as Republicans, ignore what women want altogether or maybe reach some kind of agreement we can all live with?

Mayor Henry, focus your efforts on more police and salary increases for them. Citizens are being mugged and robbed and you have time to think about moving a statue?

What good are gun-free zones? Sitting ducks come to mind.

Just when you think you've heard it all — $70 million for NASCAR track owners in the new bill to avoid the fiscal cliff. If NASCAR would cease to exist, no one would ever know. They say they needed the money to compete against theme parks. Say what?

Complaints are being made about the NRA referring to President Obama's children being safe in school because of guards. They weren't referred to by name like former president Bush's daughters were when the media picked on them. But is this any worse than Obama using victims and their families in his theatrics on national TV?

The Second Amendment's purpose is not to protect target shooters and hunters. It was written to protect all Americans from a tyrannical government. If that government has so-called “assault weapons,” then I have the right to have them to protect myself against them. It's called a level playing field.

Morality is doing what's right no matter what you're told. Religion is doing what you're told, no matter what's right.

Why is it so difficult to find a good doctor in Fort Wayne? I know — go back to Michigan, but that is not the point. Finding a good, caring doctor should not be this difficult.

Mayor Tom Henry: Please leave the General Wayne statue where it is. Sit down with City Council, park commissioners and Al Moll and do the best thing. We all know that the city has the best parks and Freimann Square is outstanding and looks better than the grass lot across the street. Let the parks department cut back some of the trees and let the general stay.

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