Forum: Why no pension bailout?
January 31, 2013 10:52PM
Updated: March 2, 2013 12:15PM
The federal government has spent many billions of dollars bailing out crooked or irresponsible banks and investment firms. Why can’t it help out Illinois with the pension debt brought on by our bungling politicians?
A bailout would give some security and ease of mind to the teachers and government workers who have done nothing but devote their lives to bettering our country and our children as they face their final years.
Misleading view on Jefferson
In the Jan. 25 Forum, James Marchent Sr. wrote that Thomas Jefferson knew that the 2nd Amendment would one day become obsolete and should be reconsidered from time to time. Really?
Here is a quote attributed to Jefferson: “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against the tyranny in government.”
This is a quote from Cesare Baccaria that Jefferson is alleged to have used: “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms ... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
Oh, and one more thing — James Madison wrote the 2nd Amendment.
Assault weapons ban an easy call
Our elected officials, both in Springfield and Washington, D.C., will soon be returning to the work of the people. There are so many issues to deal with, problems to solve and political posturing to achieve.
We hope they will tackle the easy one first, a ban on assault weapons and their associated large-capacity ammunition clips. This is not gun control, so let’s not get all riled up about interpretations of the 2nd Amendment. Let the well-regulated militia have whatever it requires.
There is no need whatsoever for a civilian to possess a weapon capable of killing dozens of people in minutes. Let me quote U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, a member of the National Rifle Association, a gun owner and a victim of a killer who shot her and others with a high-capacity magazine: “We need to do something. We’ve got to stop just talking about this.”
The president has told us that the only way this level of gun violence can change is if the American people demand it. The ball is in our court!
Contact your state and U.S. senators and state and U.S. representatives. Phone, email or write to them and do it today. Tell them they must introduce or support legislation to ban assault weapons and the ammunition they require.
League of Women Voters of the Palos-Orland Area