Letters to the Editor - Feb. 22, 2013

Gun control clarifications

A letter from Rick Hanson (Readers’ Forum, Feb. 8) alleges two factual errors in my piece in support of more gun regulation (Viewpoints, Feb. 1). A debater never wants to be caught in a factual error because it opens the door to endless nitpicking. I’ll take each of the allegations seriatim.

First, he alleges that there is no such thing as a Remington Savage firearm. Here is what I remember: In 1956-57, I purchased a bolt action, single shot .22 caliber rifle. It had a special safety device. The firing pin had to be engaged before the rifle could be fired. If my memory serves me right, the rifle was manufactured by Remington and the model was “Savage.” Seeing that this was more than a half century ago, I could very well be wrong, but how does this error, if it is one, detract from my position?

Second, Mr. Hanson alleges that I’m not conversant with Oregon’s Big Game Regulations, and that this led me to make an error about the size of magazine clips allowed to hunters in Oregon. Here Hanson attempts to drag a red herring across my argument, since the context of the News-Register debate was federal, not state, law. Until the Supreme Court rules otherwise, federal gun laws trump Oregon’s.

Regarding the size of magazines, apparently Oregon hunting regulations allow hunters to use magazines with a capacity of five bullets. My point still stands. Where is the sport in bringing down a buck with a burst of bullets, whether it is 12 or five?
Quibbles aside, let’s do the common sense thing — require background checks for all gun sales, ban assault weapons and limit the size of magazines. Let’s choose life over death.

Robert Mason


Use benefits for seeds

If you receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, do not miss the opportunity to purchase food-seeds or plants by using your benefits. It is an excellent way to extend your food resources and is encouraged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

You can buy seeds used to grow food for human consumption, such as fruits, vegetables and herbs. You can also buy live plants of the same, such as fruits and vegetables, berries and even fruit trees.

This is true at any market or store set up to accept SNAP/food stamps. Since most nurseries do not accept SNAP, you cannot use your benefits there. If in doubt, ask the store.

Flowers or non-consumption plants are not eligible. Also, seeds or plants purchased with SNAP benefits must be grown only for you or your eligible family’s use; they cannot be grown for resale.

Seeds or plants are available for sale in McMinnville and Newberg at the following stores: WinCo, Walmart, Safeway, Bi-Mart, Albertsons, Roth’s Family Markets, Fred Meyer, Harvest Fresh, Grocery Outlet and possibly Rite-Aid.
Happy gardening.

Chris Trunde


Bag change positive

Ray’s Food Place in Willamina discontinued the use of plastic bags at its store in January with the stated purpose of eliminating them from the trash stream (News-Register, Feb. 15).

I applaud them heartily for this action.

Instead of plastic bags at checkout, the store now offers its customers a free paper bag or the option to purchase a 99-cent reusable bag. Since Willamina is a mill town, the option of paper bags has been positive, according to the store manager.

If this store can make the change successfully, why are not other stores in Yamhill County also taking the lead on this issue? We have no reason to wait until the state mandates this simple, much-needed solution to a proverbial waste disposal problem.

The real answer to waste disposal in Yamhill County is eliminating the waste at its source. Ray’s has done this, and in doing so, has done us all a huge service.

We should patronize any store that implements this policy.

Susan Meredith


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