Letters to the Editor - April 5, 2013
KMCM was right for Mac
KMCM call letters were right for McMinnville.
I’m sorry, too, KLYC (nèe KMCM, KCYX) is off the air. I agree with the editorial sentiments (News-Register, March 22, “Community asset passes prematurely at age of 63”), but disagree with the contention that the station’s original call letters, KMCM, were “less-catchy” than KLYC (or KCYX).
What was more appropriate for McMinnville than having a station called KMCM? A quick Internet search finds KMCM-FM in Odessa, Texas. Maybe this station will buy KLYC, rename it KMCM-AM and put it back on the air.
Disgusted with gun raffle
I am writing out of disgust at the raffle being held by the Yamhill County Republicans for a Bushmaster .223 assault rifle, the weapon of choice for mass murders at Sandy Hook Elementary and for the D.C. snipers in 2002. I believe the choice of weapon was deliberate on the part of the Second Amendment event organizers.
I am certain the organizers want to elicit protest, which will, in turn, increase their revenue; however, such irresponsible and provocative behavior can’t go unchallenged.
The organizers could have made a Second Amendment statement by raffling a .22 single shot rifle, but they want to assert their interpretation of the Second Amendment and make more money.
Some of the 6- and 7-year-old children at Sandy Hook Elementary, weighing perhaps 40 pounds each, were shot as many as 11 times with this military-grade weapon. Please imagine yourself being the parent of one of those children and having to identify the body, literally shot to pieces. See this in your mind if you buy a ticket.
The organizers of this event are making money from the deaths of 6- and 7-year-olds.
The statement heard often after the shooting was that it was “a mental health issue,” not a “gun issue.” If that’s the case, give the same amount as a raffle ticket to a crisis clinic.
Also, it is appalling to me that our county sheriff has chosen to participate in an event where an assault weapon will be raffled. A responsible elected official would have nothing to do with such an event, in my opinion. I am a strong defender of Second Amendment rights, but this is all mercenary activity.
Let people make pot choice
It speaks volumes that the News-Register could find only the county’s chief law enforcement officer to address the negative side of the legalization of marijuana and individual freedom (Viewpoints, March 8, “Should marijuana be legalized?”).
Sheriff Crabtree began by misstating the position of us who wish to free individual citizens to make fundamental choices affecting their lives. He went downhill from there.
First of all, no one is promoting tobacco, marijuana, alcohol or gambling as “good things,” as he suggests. They are simply behaviors that are available for citizens to choose from, to participate or not.
Not that it is anybody’s business, but I have not smoked tobacco since cigarettes were 25 cents a pack nor marijuana since the mid- to late-1960s. I do enjoy a glass or two of a good Oregon wine and an occasional bottle of light beer.
These are choices I make for myself. I did not, nor do I now need politicians in Salem, Washington or a law enforcement officer here in Mac to make those decisions for me. Nor do my friends, my neighbors or my fellow citizens.
Where is Big-Brotherism going to stop? Will we soon criminalize high-fat or high-sugar foods?
Crabtree says this debate should be based on facts. I agree. It should not be based on exaggerated fear tactics or distorted statistics. His references to addiction and incarceration are nonsense. Marijuana is less addictive than tobacco (or fatty foods, for that matter).
Furthermore, the best argument in favor of legalization is the “war on drugs,” the most egregious waste of taxpayer money yet created by government. Its end will free thousands of individuals from incarceration and criminal records.
Editor’s Note: The News-Register’s first request went to Sheriff Crabtree, who agreed to submit an essay. Other possible writers to argue against legalization included local members of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, which opposes legalization of marijuana nationwide.
Where’s the reason?
The Yamhill County Republicans are raffling off a Bushmaster assault weapon, similar to the one used to kill 20 6-year-olds and their teachers in Newtown, Conn., three months ago. Why?
There are many people who fear that their Second Amendment right is being threatened. Who is threatening to take away their right to bear arms? This is unconstitutional, so why the fear?
If fear were not a factor, would it then be reasonable to lay down their assault weapons in substitution for more sensible choices? Is fear so controlling that it exceeds reason, compassion and love?
The Second Amendment seems so simple to me. People who want to be armed may do so, without any threat; but do they really need a gun so powerful that it can destroy 20 innocent children in less than five minutes?
Where’s the reason, the compassion, the love?