Letters to the editor for Monday, February 25, 2013

2013-02-25T05:00:00Z Letters to the editor for Monday, February 25, 2013From the H&R Herald-Review.com
February 25, 2013 5:00 am  • 

State cannot infringe on Second Amendment

According to the Illinois Constitution “Section 22. Right to Arms: Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Police power is referring to the state legislature, which means Illinois residents are subject to the state legislature’s opinion concerning the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

What the Illinois legislature fails to understand is that the U.S. Constitution is the highest form of law in the United States, and all other laws, including state law, must be consistent with it. This is proven by the recent ruling of the appeals court stating that Illinois’ concealed carry ban is unconstitutional.

Barbara Minich’s letter to the editor argues that the Second Amendment does not regulate whether we can buy firearms, then goes on to say that whether we had a Second Amendment or not, we would still be able to purchase firearms. The Second Amendment has nothing to do with purchasing firearms; it has everything to do with protecting American citizens from a tyrannical government by ensuring for all time that “… the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

According to Article VI of the U.S. Constitution: “… The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution.”

When our elected officials speak out against the U.S. Constitution, they are violating that oath.

Charles Atwater


Decatur residents need payday loan option

I read the Feb. 8 Herald & Review front page article “Decatur title loan curbs supported.” I was angered.

Illinois People’s Action, as well as Jerry Pelz from Northeast Community Fund, is attacking the payday/title loan industry without having all the facts. They also are treating consumers, such as me, as if we don’t know how to handle our finances. Pushing to have the lending institutions off the main streets is not where the problem is.

I have, over the years, used the payday/title loan industry. In my opinion, using these services intelligently is much less expensive than bouncing checks or using my credit cards with their high interest rates. If the services mentioned were not needed by consumers, then these businesses would not exist. What bank or credit union will let the average person borrow less than $1,000? Many of those who do have good credit can still not obtain a small personal loan from a bank or credit union, as many of them do not provide this type of loan any longer.

What such organizations as Illinois People’s Action and Northeast Community Fund fail to realize is that when they do give money to people to pay off these loans, many turn around and ask to borrow more money. The article also told the story of a woman who used a payday lender to get the money needed to help her daughter and grandchildren who had been evicted from their home. I am sure these stories are the exception and not the rule.

Should we not focus on more important issues? The focus is in the wrong place. Please rethink this and let me worry about my finances.

Carmen Davies


Stand up against abortion in America

“Awesome” and “astonishing” are just a few words that would describe what I saw as I was climbing Capitol Hill during the March for Life.

As I was approaching the top, I turned to look at what was behind me. There, I saw thousands and thousands of marchers. Each was bundled up and either praying, chanting, holding signs or just promoting life by carrying their small children.

The greatest amazement was that the majority of these 500,000 marchers were an average of 20 years old. Wow, our future leaders; they get it.

On another note, the following week we watched the Super Bowl at a friend’s house. I can watch a whole game and not remember who was playing, but I do remember the commercials. One of the best ones was the Clydesdales foal and the naming of this precious baby. Did you know thousands of people replied to name this precious foal Hope? For 30 seconds, it cost $3.8 million. Funny how people are so intrigued to watch men chase a ball and collide.

So, now that the Super Bowl is over, let’s spend our time standing up for the rights of the unborn babies. You can do something! Pray for people to be informed, reach out to a young mother instead of stereotyping her. She is not a bad person. She has made a mistake in her life.

Abortion depends on the moment. If someone cuts that mother down so low, she will tend to lean this way, but if we reach out and help this scared child of God, she may offer her baby up for adoption.

Lisa Rexroat


Conan Doyle took good care of staff in England

I have enjoyed the PBS-TV show “Downton Abbey” these past few weeks. It concerns a rich British family and their servants before, during and after World War I, then called the Great War.

During this time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, lived in the small town of Crawborough in southern England. His home was called Windlerham and was small when compared to “Downton Abbey.” But to the average person, it would seem large, indeed.

Conan Doyle employed five maids, a cook, butler, two gardeners, a garden boy and a chauffeur.

In 1993, a small booklet was published, titled “Recollections of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, by residents of Crawborough,” collected by Malcolm Payne.

Conan Doyle comes off as a very kind man who treats his staff quite well. The staff is included in holiday celebrations with Conan Doyle’s family; also, they were given parties on their birthdays. The staff was sometimes taken on outings with the Conan Doyle family. One time, the staff was taken to London to see a Sherlock Holmes stage play.

One housemaid lived too far to go home on her day off, so Conan Doyle would have his chauffeur run her home for a long weekend every three months.

The Conan Doyles often threw parties, so at times the kitchen was full of the guests’ chauffeurs. Two of the maids met their future husbands in this way.

When one of the maids was interviewed by Malcolm Payne in July 1978, some 48 years after Conan Doyle’s death, she had this to say about him: “I remember very well the sadness among all the staff when he did die; it was like a big, empty space in the house.”

David Rush


Article had incorrect information on Rolexes

Rolex watches are not gold-plated, as reported in The Associated Press article in the Feb. 17 edition.

The writer, in an article on Jesse Jackson Jr,, wrote that he had a “... desire for flashy items — a gold-plated Rolex watch ...”

Rolex has never produced a gold-plated watch, although some fakes may be gold-plated. The gold Rolex watches are solid gold, generally 18 carat. Solid 18 carat gold versus gold-plated is just one of the reasons the gold Rolex watch today costs $36,000 or more.

David N. Bateman


Some residents don’t get their tax dollars’ worth

Kind of wondering how our tax dollars are distributed? I live in a nice area on the north side of Decatur. I’ve probably seen a snowplow once in the 15 years I have lived here. The disabled people up the street had their son plow the road so they could get to the hospital daily for treatments.

Seems like a lot of other secondary roads are more important than helping taxpaying citizens. Maybe I will just pay less than half my tax bill for the services I get. Wake up!

Mark Kavanaugh


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