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Updated: March 4, 2013 6:12AM

Where’s pro coverage?

You should be ashamed of your sports pages, in my opinion. There is great coverage of local high school sports. However, I doubt if there are many high school students who pay for their family’s subscription to The Beacon-News.

I believe the vast majority of your readership, and certainly the vast majority of your paying subscribers, are adults. In my opinion, most adults are more interested in professional sports than high school sports.

I believe you only published the NFL standings once or twice last season. The NBA season is now half over and the NHL season has just started, and I wonder if we will ever see some NBA or NHL standings.

We didn’t see many last year.

I also have a complaint about your inconsistent policy for Fridays. Sometimes you include the TV schedule for Saturday’s sporting events. But many times you fail to include any listing of TV coverage of Saturday’s events. I believe your readers would appreciate seeing this information on a consistent basis every Friday. It is very helpful since The Beacon is no longer published on Saturday.

Please review your policy and give us complete sports coverage.

Bob Lody


What kind of arms?

Years ago, at a much younger age, I owned a shotgun with which I hunted. Now, at an older age as I no longer hunt, I no longer own that shotgun. When I owned a shotgun, the maximum number of shells allowed in the magazine was three. When and how did we get to the point where weapons now are capable of firing in great excess of three? Who called for weapons capable of firing dozens of bullets in rapid fashion?

The Bill of Rights was written in the late 1700s as our new nation recovered from the Revolutionary War. The people were rightly concerned about protection from tyranny. Thus, an amendment was added to the Constitution so militias could provide security and the people should have the right to keep guns.

The Second Amendment states: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” This amendment does not indicate if the arms kept by people should be three-bullet shotguns, six-shot pistols, or AK-47s.

Just what kinds of weaponry does the NRA wish for the American people to possess at a time when we have well-regulated militias offering us security? Should our streets be flooded with AK-47s so as to offer us security? Such a thought borders on anarchy.

To my NRA friends, I do not question your guaranteed right to own guns. The key amendment word is “arms,” how many and what kind?

Richard Kastner


House bows to NRA

The National Rifle Association is defending buying of assault weapons, with the Republic Party standing with them.

I was watching a new interview of an NRA executive who was asked why does anybody need these assault rifles. After a loss for words, he said, “We need to sell these weapons so our citizens can arm themselves against the government.” What a stupid answer.

The America people are shouting for Congress to do something about these assault weapons, but it’s hard to get the GOP-controlled House of Representatives to vote against the NRA, with their powerful organization’s ability to buy votes — as cash talks and bull manure walks, while helpless children get murdered.

There is no way to stop murder, but we must reduce it. Outlawing these assault weapons will help, but we need to add more proposals, such as background checks.

If the House of Representatives thinks they’re right in blocking assault weapons legislation, let’s bring it to a popular vote and see if they don’t lose. The president has told Congress to disregard politics and pass this legislation or they will be defeated at the polls. You can bet your sweet life the American people are watching Congress to see who’s blocking this legislation.

Raymond H. Pippin


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