Opinion Line (Dec. 19)

12/19/2012 12:00 AM

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Educators dead, police officers dead, yet many don’t want the people who risk and give their lives to be allowed to be represented by a union.

Gun-free “zones” are death traps.

Where have all the psychiatric hospitals gone? Now our mentally ill live on the streets or steal guns from their parents to shoot innocent children or moviegoers. Mental illness affects all of us.

Lest we forget or choose to ignore, on Sept. 11 another man-made tool was used to murder more people than any gun could. So let’s ban airplanes. Sounds silly, doesn’t it? It’s not the tool. It’s who is using it and how it’s used.

Hire an off-duty police officer for every school to provide armed security, along with a video-surveillance system – about $60,000 a year per school. Money well-spent.

It’s a good thing Adam Lanza’s mother had guns to protect herself with. Wait – what?

As we mourn the tragedy in Connecticut, would that we could mourn the deaths of men, women and children killed by our predator drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the 100,000 civilians killed in the Iraq War. They were just as human as these children.

Well, that’s just great – now we have “don’t ask, don’t tell” for pot users.

Grover Norquist’s pledge has been misinterpreted. It’s actually not a pledge to oppose increases in income taxes. It’s a pledge to be unreasonable.

We need to realize that all the government needs do to create dependence is to offer too much that people should obtain on their own, and there goes their hard-won freedom.

Fifty or so years ago, wasn’t there an economist named Eliot Janeway who advocated printing money as needed without regard to gold reserves? Perhaps he was only married to an economist.

Susan Wagle is the new president of the Kansas Senate. For her past work in the Legislature, she has a 100 percent approval rating from Americans for Prosperity, which is funded by superrich libertarians. What inference can you draw from this?

Instead of wishing our loved ones and co-workers “merry Christmas,” “happy Hanukkah,” “happy holidays” or “happy Kwanzaa,” we should remember the origin and true meaning of the reasons we celebrate, and wish everyone a “joyous solstice.”

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