Dear Editor --
Although an off year, this November’s election is crucial to our future as a viable nation.
Democrat control of the senate for the past four years has enabled president Obama to do pretty much as he pleases, unchecked. The president is at this point a lame duck, answerable to no one for his actions.
It is therefore critical to flip the senate and maintain Republican control of the House to block Obama’s continuing executive overreach and, more importantly, block his potential Supreme Court nominations.
I will be the first to admit that today’s Republican Party is a bit far from what I, as a conservative, would like to see, and the Republicans running for the senate and the house are not necessarily my first choices. Click below to read rest of the letter
Call me cynical, but my prediction –
- 1. Nov. 5, or shortly thereafter, SC Justice Ginzburg resigns, despiteprotestations to the contrary.
- 2.Shortly thereafter President Obama nominates Eric Holder to fill her vacancy.
3.Harry Reid rams through Senate approval before January.
Timing avoids a tidal wave of voter outrage on Nov. 4, possibly preventing loss of the Senate. Fait accompli -- the perfect gift from Obama that keeps on giving. Heaven help us.
Just a thought,
Ted Williams - Gloucester, VA
The Tidewater Libertarian Party (TLP) voted to oppose a request by City Councilman Jim Wood and Police Chief James Cevera to support their proposed legislation that would impose a civil penalty for any citizen ‘willfully’ failing to report a lost or stolen gun to the police.
Philip Van Cleve, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), a Virginia-based gun rights organization that lobbies to preserve and protect 2nd Amendment rights, in Virginia and the nation, told the 40+ attendees at the Saturday breakfast that the request will never get needed General Assembly approval to become law.
The TLP’s Robert Dean told Van Cleve he’d like to join the VCDL in drafting a joint resolution in opposition to the proposed legislation.
Wood and Cevera want to propose the law to the General Assembly to better combat lost or stolen guns out of the hands of criminals. Saturday’s was the first time the proposal to taken to the public to explain it. It can’t be passed by local government without legislative approval.
Cevera told the group, hundreds of thousands of lost or stolen guns, that have never been reported to police authorities, yearly end up on the streets in the hands of criminals. Status of the guns isn’t discovered until a criminal is arrested with a gun and police run a gun check.
Some weapons found on suspected criminals have to be returned because there are no records showing them reported lost or stolen, and, therefore not illegal to have in their possession until charged and convicted, or, investigation later reveals it connected to a crime.
TLPers contended that if a citizen had a weapon lost or stolen, they’d report it to their insurance company for reimbursement or replacement anyway, which would probably require making a police report. Wood and Cevera’s proposal wants to make that reporting requirement to police law, subject to civil penalties like running a red-light.
To a person Saturday, everyone at the meeting considered Wood and Cevera’s proposal an attempted first step of more gun control, leading to databases that could be used for future gun control/confiscation attempts by government. Libertarians and most conservatives do not trust government.
Wood and Cevera will continue to make their case before other groups and venues across the city.
Read full text of Councilman Wood’s Proposed Gun Law: More
As a supporter of personal firearm ownership, both for personal protection and sporting, I must confess that I support the recent inclusion of a Lost and Stolen Firearm petition to the Virginia Beach’s recent legislative package.
First and foremost, I fail to recognize the infringement of personal liberty for failure to be responsible for a legally registered weapon that is in my name.
Additionally, irrespective of my view of personal weapon registration, as a law-biding citizen, it is my individual responsibility to take charge, maintain, and control access to weapons under my oversight.
Rightly or wrongly, current weapon registration results in a location and ownership database. Failure to keep that index current minimize its purpose and render it inaccurate. Without timely reporting, potential notifications to bonafide weapon outlets are infringed. Also, the recovery of a misplaced, lost, or stolen weapon has the potential of being recovered in lieu of being misused in an unlawful act.
As a Libertarian, I firmly believe in the liberties afforded by the Constitution, and it is my personal responsibility to abide and protect those liberties.
Wally Erb - Virginia Beach
Hundreds of years ago, England's kings had the King's Council, Star Chamber, and High Commission at their disposal. Their purpose was to "handle complex issues of society and state" while bypassing Parliament (their Congress) and the peoples' courts with their own laws, regulations, prosecutions and convictions.
It got so bad that Parliament had to abolish these entities of absolute administrative power. So what does any of this have to do with us?
Professor Philip Hamburger of Columbia Law School (Obama's old alma mater) points out the very same monarchical entities here: IRS, HHS, EPA, BLM and others.
What is the danger they pose? Under the guise of Administrative Law, they BYPASS the BILL OF RIGHTS. To protect us, the US Constitution specifically gave our congressional representatives ALL legislative authority (they cannot delegate that elsewhere), and gave us DUE PROCESS through jury trial in regular courts.
Think about it. If the IRS (Lois Lerner), Bureau of Land Management (Bundy ranch standoff), HHS (Obamacare), EPA (environmental activists) and others come after you, you have NO DUE PROCESS.
They can do anything they want to you on administrative authority alone. Imagine if you had a jury of your peers hearing your side of such cases; do you think they would side with unwarranted government rules and actions?
This threat has become increasingly clear with the Obama administration's exercise of absolute authority through these agencies against individuals, non-profits, and businesses.
We need a Congress and president who now recognize that threat, pass legislation that re-establishes due process for any charge that is brought against us, and abolishes absolute legislative and judicial authority from all executive agencies and departments.
Ira White - Portsmouth
It's becoming clear that ISIS' expansion of territory and massacres of thousands will not stop without a decisive Desert Storm 2. That will not happen in the foreseeable future.
ISIS will continue to build their Islamic caliphate – the likes of which hasn't existed in that region for over a century – and will control oil revenues that will buy their weapons, manpower, and underground tickets into the US.
Meanwhile, our nation's security posture is falling apart under a "commander-in-chief" (who is anything but) who handcuffs security agencies with paralyzing policies, rejects any action that does not have a liberal political end, sent weapons to all the wrong people (Benghazi was part of that), has fired or discarded top military leaders alarmed by his arrogantly destructive incompetence, and who continues to patronize Islamic entities worldwide that are dangerous to all western civilizations.
Obama has become the Great Global Destabilizer of our time, and we will all feel the effects of it.
Everyone better be thinking about who will be leading this country in the next couple of years, but that will not be soon enough to ward off all the catastrophes in the making.
Ira White - Portsmouth VA
By Michael W. Thompson
Chairman and President of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy
The economic benefits from drilling off Virginia's coast natural gas and oil far exceed the cost of possible environmental impacts. That is the conclusion of a new study by the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy. The estimates for gas and oil reserves in this new study are from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and are current as of a couple of months ago.
New seismic mapping of the ocean floor will begin sometime next year if all goes as planned. With the new technologies available since the last time the Outer Continental Shelf was mapped (over 30 years ago), most experts expect vast reservoirs to be found - quite possibly more than BOEM has estimated.
This new Jefferson Institute study,Oil and Gas Potential Off Virginia's Coast, makes a strong case that we should produce these reserves in a sensible and environmentally responsible manner.
To the Editor,
This is to register my disgust and outrage and your crude cartoon of a person receiving what appears to be a colonoscopy.
Can't you find any better way to express yourself?
Cicero said that "Vice necessarily follows public nudity."
In "A Time for Truth," William Simon noted that the public expression of obscenity usually coincided with the suppression of important freedoms, such as freedom of association.
This cartoon is a demonstration of that.
Shame on you.
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