Letters: How can legislators say they’re doing their job?

How can they say they’re doing their job?

What a joke. We have $9 billion in surplus tax money and they can’t agree on how to spend it.

The elderly are struggling to pay for health insurance, medications, rent, and all of their other bills.

The poor are being evicted from their homes and can’t afford to pay their bills.

Young couples with kids are losing their homes because of high taxes and child care.

And they can’t agree on tax relief or to stop taxing Social Security for the elderly.

But they can agree to let breweries sell bigger jugs of beer and sign that bill into law before they adjourn.

I wonder how these people can look in the mirror and say they are doing their job.

Jerry Wiertzema, Woodbury

 

Hardened security

As a U.S. Air Force Veteran who once controlled access to nuclear weapon storage areas and alert aircraft facilities, I have a different perspective on school security measures than some people.

Whether one is protecting military installations from terrorist threats or schools from active shooters, the process of threat assessment and counter measures should be similar.  Our children deserve that same level of protection as our politicians and government buildings.

Although background checks can be completed before someone buys a gun, past school shooters had no criminal history to flag.  Certainly, mental health screenings can be done as well to deny someone the right to buy a gun. However, these measures have failed time and again too.

Some Americans want greater restrictions on buying certain types of guns, but banning assault rifles will not stop the threat because those intent on killing innocent people will simply use another weapon.

The measure that will greatly reduce the frequency and severity of a school shooter are physical security measures deployed at every school that prevent entry to the school by an active shooter, and that contain and minimize the threat of an intruder.

The hardened security features that can stop a school shooter include a single point of entry and exit to schools, bulletproof glass at entry points, an entry control system that denies access to unauthorized personnel, a “Sally” gate entry system with buzzer-controlled doors, fire doors throughout the building that can automatically close and lock to seal off hallway access by an intruder, an armed officer positioned in every school, and active-shooter protocols with local law enforcement.

The U.S. gives tens of billions of dollars to other countries in order to help provide them greater security.  It is high time that we do the same for our kids.

Corby Pelto, Minneapolis

 

Of course?

In response to the school shootings Letter to the Editor in Thursday’s paper: Of course it’s the guns? Doesn’t a person’s finger have to pull the trigger? Guns do not shoot themselves.

Michael Nohava, Prescott

What do they mean by that?

After this tragic shooting in Texas, the President came out and once again called for “common sense gun legislation” as is always the mantra by Democrats. But they never tells us what “common sense gun legislation” is.

Now that they control the House, Senate, and the Oval office, it’s time for them to put their money where their mouth is and introduce “common sense gun legislation” and show us exactly what they mean by that.

Don Anderson Jr., Cottage Grove

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