Sammamish Forum Jan. 30
January 31, 2013
Ace location is a swamp
I am one of the many Sammamish residents who would be unhappy to see Ace Hardware forced out of our community. I’ve relied on them for many years for items needed to complete projects, make repairs, and always appreciate their friendly help.
Being curious to see the proposed relocation site next to Mars Hill Church first-hand, I walked into the accessible parts.
There is so little dry land there that it seems obvious that most of the forested wetland in the area would be totally displaced by the construction of an 11,000 square foot store, parking and loading area.
I’m weighing in to say that this site should be left undisturbed, left to do what it does best: provide natural habitat for the birds, mammals, and aquatic life of Sammamish. No, it’s not pristine, but it does the job.
I would encourage other Sammamish residents to take a first-hand look at the area.
As much as I would like to have Ace stay in our neighborhood, that particular building site is not a feasible choice. There has to be a suitable alternative somewhere in our community.
Ban assault weapons
The shootings at a Colorado movie theater (12 died and 58 were injured), at an Oregon mall (three were killed) and at a Connecticut elementary school (20 children died) all had something in common — assault rifles. Because of their ability to kill many people in a short amount of time, such weapons, and the sales of new ones, should be banned.
In the Federal Assault Weapon Ban of 1994-2004, many loopholes allowed manufactures to continue making and selling assault weapons that Congress intended to ban. There should be a new, improved assault weapon ban.
It should be stricter and more explicit. It should ban all weapons capable of holding more than 10 rounds and firing rapidly by pressing the trigger multiple times.
The sale, assembly and modifications of new assault weapons should be banned except for the military and law enforcement. People who have assault weapons would be allowed to surrender them to law enforcement and receive a federal tax credit at the fair market value of the weapon.
They would be allowed to sell their weapon to another private party, if both parties submit documentation to the federal government, and the buyer passes a background check before taking possession.
The federal government should have the right to enter private property and inspect your assault weapon with 72 hours’ notice. This won’t violate the Second Amendment because citizens are still able to own assault weapons.
I agree with the NRA’s statement that, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” but we can’t lock up every mentally ill person. Why do you think these murderers chose assault weapons? It’s because they knew it would kill many people in a short amount of time. This is why I believe there should be a better and stricter new assault weapon ban.
Jared Oh, 16 years old
Gun control not the answer
Just last December kids were innocently penciling cute letters to Santa asking for toys. By mid January, they were writing the president asking for stronger gun control laws. It’s amazing how fast children grow up.
And, of course, they wrote these on their own, with no prompting or help from their parents. The president then publicly read a couple of the children’s letters on national television and even had children staged behind him for the signing of his twenty-three proposed gun law changes.
Then, when a National Rifle Association ad simply pointed out that the school the president’s girls attend is protected by armed guards the media screamed foul, claiming it just wasn’t right interjecting children into gun control “debate.” Anybody else see the hypocrisy here?
For those who don’t think personal firearm ownership can save lives, every month there is a page devoted to just that in an NRA magazine. Go to: www.nrapublications.org/index.php/armed-citizen.
Remember, if a bad guy breaks into your home and seconds count, the police are just minutes away.
Safety tip for
The recent period of fog that covered the Sammamish Plateau recently proved that too many residents leave their brains in the driveway.
Put your car headlights on when its foggy!