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An easy fix

I envision the National Rifle Association doing the “Dance of Joy” since the Florida House approved a bill allowing teachers and other designated employees to carry guns in our schools. Another victory for the NRA!

The NRA’s fondest dream is total disregard for federal and state regulations of firearms.

There is an easy fix for misinterpretation of the Second Amendment by the NRA and concealed handgun proponents. Add five words to the text of the Second Amendment, suggests former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in a recent essay (“How to fix the Second Amendment: Only takes five words,” (Other Views, April 15).

The amended version of the amendment would read, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.”

If only composers of our Constitution had added these five words, the NRA would not be the powerful lobbying enforcer it is.

Marie Cunha

Hudson

Wages and the economy

The call for a higher minimum wage, complaints about unequal pay for women, extended unemployment benefits and calls for the rich to pay their “fair share of taxes” are all part of the Democratic plan to have government manage the economy. That plan has already failed in the Soviet Union, China, India and several European countries. The government’s role in the economy should be to prevent fraud, theft and insider trades and deals that provide unfair advantage in business. Price controls, subsidies, tariffs, minimum wages and government regulations that do not have to do with protection of the American citizen from unfair business practices have no place in a free and efficient economy.

The government has no business telling businesses what a fair wage is. Wages should be based on the economic factors of supply and demand and negotiated between individuals and owners, or an individual’s union and owners. A minimum wage is an artificial number that has no root in reality. It increases inflation and deprives workers of jobs when that job is outsourced to another country or eliminated by technology.

There are many reasons for discrepancies in pay between men and women. Before any honest conclusions can be made, one must know which jobs are being compared, if time off from the job is considered and if seniority is considered, etc. Many women work in positions where there are no men in comparable positions. Even in professional jobs such as medicine or law, there is a difference in the pay for different types of physicians or lawyers that has nothing to do with gender, but gender may affect which type of medicine or area of the law someone chooses. I am very skeptical of people who throw statistics around without being able to describe the study on which those statistics are based and be ready to answer questions about it.

Politicians need to quit trying to manage the economy. They aren’t smart enough.

Terry A. Larson

Seffner

Keep reporting news

Regarding Aubry D. Popes’ letter “Unproven superstition” (Your Views, April 28): Pope states Mother Trib wasted space printing the article about the Shroud of Turin (“The Passion of the Shroud,” front page, April 20). In my opinion, and I’m sure that of many other Christians, this was not a waste of space or ink. This was a very informative piece of news, and the last I heard this is what The Tampa Tribune does best — report the news.

I thought the article was very good and very enlightening. So, Mother Trib, keep doing what you do better than any other paper I’ve ever read — report the news.

Terrific job all around.

Gregory W. Davis

Tampa

‘Race baiters’

The media, being the lemmings they are, have, en masse, jumped into perhaps the least important “news” item du jour — that the owner of a basketball team is allegedly a racist boor. While the media has swarmed around this alleged story as if it were important, the media remains conspicuously silent when it comes to racism by people occupying important public positions.

Those screaming for Donald Sterling’s banishment from the ranks of NBA team ownership apparently think it is perfectly acceptable for the attorney general of the United States and for members of the Congressional Black Caucus to be racist. Post-racial America? Not in the society created by Barack Obama and his fellow race baiters.

Jeffrey P. Meyer

Tampa

Teachable moment

Regarding “Wherefore art the Bard? Not on too many U.S. college campuses” by Daniel Burnett (Other Views, April 26):

The piece began:

“Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?

“Sorry, Juliet. He’s hard to find on many college campuses.”

Are you kidding me? Burnett’s title is press secretary of the Washington, D.C.-based American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a “higher education nonprofit organization dedicated to academic excellence.” Really? How is it, then, that he obviously does not know that when Juliet asks, “Wherefore art thou Romeo?,” she is not looking for her Romeo. Instead, she is lamenting the fact that he is a Montague. She is asking, “Why are you Romeo?”

“Wherefore” does not mean “where are.” It means why.

In this day and age we are constantly reminded how American students are falling further and further behind those of other industrialized nations. Is it any wonder? Today’s teachers are being held on a short leash. More than teaching, they are collecting data to support programs and policies instituted by their superiors. Let them teach!

John Blennerhassett

New Port Richey

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