Don’t worry about offending terrorists
Let me get this straight. Radicalized Muslim terrorists have killed innocent people in Florida, California, Massachusetts, Texas and elsewhere in the United States and we can’t even use the words "terrorist" or "radical," as that would hurt somebody’s feelings.
Instead, we are told the real blame lies with Christians, Republicans and law-abiding gun owners.
Seriously, what are the Democrats and liberals smoking?
Timothy J. O’Neill
Stop stealing things from local cemetery
Sometimes I don’t know what people are thinking. I am a board member of a small rural cemetery in Charlton. This spring we have had someone steal a concrete praying bench, pansies and phlox. We have reported it to the town police, but nothing happens.
Just because you think something is pretty, it doesn’t mean it is yours to take.
I understand that the person that is buried there won’t say anything, but it’s just not right. We have so many bare spots in the cemetery that it looks like we have been burying a lot of people. But that is not the case. It's just people digging up pink and purple phlox.
So if you live around Charlton and you have a neighbor with a new garden with a concrete praying bench, lots of phlox and flowers, ask them where they got them.
The writer is treasurer of the Charlton Pine Grove Cemetery Association, Inc.
Republicans allowing guns to proliferate
For the cause of the latest shoot ‘em up, point the finger at eight years of a Republican-controlled Congress, so beholden to the gun lobby as to be unable even to pass a meaningful federal background check on all gun purchases.
Home-grown, or travelling terrorist; it makes no difference. Just apply to the speaker of the House and you will be issued an assault rifle.
Ridiculous? Yes, and so is the ease with which a background check or FBI list can be evaded and semi-automatic (at least) weapons purchased.
Any responsible gun owner (an oxymoron) will be glad to help, and confirm that constitutional gun rights are more important than human rights. If the motto for anti-abortionists is “right to life,” then that for those opposed to gun control must be “right to death.”
If it were up to me, I would file a class action suit on behalf of the American public and indict every pro-gun Republican member of Congress for deliberate negligence of his constitutional duty to provide public security and protection.
For punishment, go to jail, or get a one-way ticket to Syria, where you can work for ISIS.
Come November, my fellow citizens, do yourselves a favor and remember these deliberate foot draggers and do-nothings (or worse) up for re-election, and vote all of them out.
George W. Putman
We didn’t always pick a president this way
What is not taught in 95 percent of schools? These simple facts.
The United States was not a two-party nation to begin with.
These are the men who ran for president against George Washington in the very first presidential election, and the electoral votes that they received:
George Washington, 69 votes; John Adams, 34 votes; John Jay, 9 votes; Robert H. Harrison, 6 votes; John Rutledge, 6 votes; John Hancock, 4 votes; George Clinton, 3 votes; Samuel Huntington, 2 votes; John Milton, 2 votes; James Armstrong, 1 vote and Benjamin Lincoln, 1 vote. Total, 11 men.
In 1792, Washington was reelected to the presidency, but again had multiple opponents. In this election, the candidates and their electoral votes were as follows:
George Washington, 132 votes; John Adams, 77 votes; George Clinton, 50 votes; Thomas Jefferson, 4 votes and Aaron Burr, 1 vote. Total, four men.
It is important to note that in 1792, presidential elections were still conducted according to the original method established under the U.S. Constitution.
Under this system, each elector cast two votes for president: the candidate who received the greatest number of votes (so long as they won a majority) became president, while the runner-up became vice president.
The 12th Amendment would eventually replace this system, requiring electors to cast one vote for president and one vote for vice president.
But this change did not take effect until 1804.
Edward F. Wagner