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Mailbag: Gun opponent left out 'of the people'

July 12, 2010

I would like to correct Robert Morrison's version of the 2nd Amendment, which he seems to have conveniently misquoted to suit his opinion ("Argument against household guns," July 8).

The actual version reads: "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."

He seems to have forgotten an important part, the part that reads "of the people" It's a shame that he tries to stereotype pro-gun Americans with his sarcastic fantasy perception of air-shooting, neighbor-killing maniacs.


Unlike his opinion that everyone should be forced to follow his personal opinion and be denied access to guns, Americans were affirmed their right to own a handgun for protection. Those who believe in "the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed" didn't try to pass a law that said everyone must follow our beliefs and be required to own a gun.

He is free to choose not to take up that right. I would appreciate it if he wouldn't deny me my right.

Michael Baldridge


Pedestrians: Tread carefully in crosswalks

I was surprised by the June 30 article, "Two pedestrians hit in crosswalk." Even though Glendale police are monitoring the traffic much more than before, a significant numbers of collisions appear to still be occurring in Glendale recently.

Motorists don't follow speed limits, and pedestrians don't use crosswalks carefully. Glendale police have started giving tickets to motorists and pedestrians much more than before. However, in many of recent collisions, motorists and pedestrians were involved.

I feel that I now need to be more careful even in a crosswalk.

Arian Ghazari


Nursing graduates have better times ahead

To all recent nursing graduates: Do not be discouraged by the current lack of nursing positions ("Nursing aspirations," July 9).

In my 38 years in nursing, I have seen a number of shortage to excess cycles come and go. The situation is always the same. There is a shortage of nurses, which inspires a number of people to select this career.

Then situations change that cause a temporary over-supply. Nursing school enrollment drops, the supply of nurses dwindles, and the whole cycle repeats.

The current excess is a phenomenon of the economic crisis. Nurses are delaying retirement or working additional hours. Nurses who would otherwise not even be in the workforce are working in order to support their families.

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