Sammamish Forum February 20
February 20, 2013
An education about guns
A recent Sammamish Review letter writer urged readers to go to the NRA website for information. Not knowing much about the National Rifle Association, I did just that.
One page on their site I found revealing. The page listed organizations, people, and corporations that have supported gun safety efforts or bills in the past and were noted as being not friendly to NRA views.
The list of 140 plus organizations included the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Association of School Administrators, the American Bar Association, the American Nurses Association, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the National Association of Police Organizations, the National Education Association, numerous religious groups and many, many more.
In looking over the list of organizations, they seemed to be ones interested in the health and well being of our citizens, particularly our children.
There are many people who own guns who are responsible, reasonable, and open to some gun safety measures.
However, there are other gun owners who consider any group, person, or corporation an enemy if they suggest and support any gun safety measures.
Often these people do not engage in real discussions based on facts but rather only false fears.
It appears that the current NRA helps promote the latter.
Not a penny more
I would like to address a letter that was written by Michael J. O’Connell. He stated the city of Sammamish should pay more of the EFR funding, because we are wealthy. I say bull.
Just because we have more money, shall we go to a car dealer when buying a car and say, ‘gee I’m wealthy so please charge be more, because the person from North Bend doesn’t have as much money, so let me pay for some of his bill.’ I don’t think so.
I’m 66 and would like to retire someday, but its people like O’Connell that want to keep spending taxpayer’s money for nothing.
I, for one, am tired of paying more taxes for levies, swimming pools, and all the other stuff we vote for.
We needed a swimming pool up here like we need a hole in our head.
So, I say to Mr. O’Connell, if you’re so wealthy send the city of North Bend a check for $10,000.00, but don’t ask me to pay more because I live in lala land. And please keep your liberal thinking in downtown Seattle.
Work hard and good things happen. We are not the bad guys for being successful, so don’t try and redistribute wealth, because I’m tired about hearing the 1 percent or 99 percent factor that’s divided this country.
Ace Hardware versus the wetlands
I am a supporter of our local business Ace Hardware and am sad to see them leave, and I also understand the compassion of local resident Glenda Jackson and her plea to the City Council.
The problem with Ms. Jackson’s simplistic vision of, “I have yet to see a fish fix a leaking sink….” so lets don’t worry about the wetlands is rather short sighted.
There is a reason for the wetlands that goes well beyond the fish. We can’t just pour concrete over everything for the convenience of man.
That said, our real problem is less that of our City Council and what people perceive as their unwillingness to provide a space for Ace Hardware, than Regency, the company that owns the shopping center and its unwillingness to negotiate a reasonable rental agreement with the owners of Ace Hardware.
That is where the real blame should rest. The truth is if Ace leaves, your housing projects will still get done; you will just have to leave the hill to accomplish the task. It sounds very righteous, but the truth is it is more about convenience.
I don’t think our City Council is purposely hindering the options for Ace to stay in our area, but there are legal confines in which they have to work. It is much too easy to jump to conclusions unless you really have a full understanding of the laws.
Personally, I think we could do with one less church. That would make room for Ace. That sounds kind of simplistic too, don’t you think?