Letters to Editor: Democrats should act or stand down

I’m far from an expert on governmental policy, but as I read the papers I keep seeing statements that the November 2006 election was a mandate to ending the war in Iraq and that our Democrat Congressional leaders are determined to do just that by submitting bills that establish a timetable for troop withdrawal.

They also, however, maintain funding for the war. The commander in chief is responsible for directing military forces. This is why he is titled the commander in chief.

Congress is responsible for funding or not funding the war. If Congress desires to end the war it would submit a bill denying funding for the war. It has not done this.

Obviously the rhetoric by Hillary Clinton and others on supporting what they consider the anti-war mandate of November 2006 is simply political rhetoric and means nothing. The Democrats know that a non-funding bill wouldn’t even get out of committee so they keep harping on timetables, Iraq government mandates and micromanaging the war.

As far as I’m concerned, if they want to end the war they need to vote against funding. If they don’t then they should let the commander in chief and his military subordinates do their job in Iraq and quit the micromanaging. As far as I can see, the only leader who follows through on what he says is President Bush.

Karl D. Spence

Clovis

Looser gun laws could have

prevented Tech tragedy

Your editorial in the April 20 CNJ (“Criminal control, not gun control, will ease violence”) is to be widely and loudly applauded.

If the nanny state, anti-Second Amendment, “why-can’t-we-all-just-get-along” liberals can’t see the irony of this recent tragedy at Virginia Tech, they lack the ability to comprehend the basic human (and Constitutional!) right to defend oneself.

Ever wonder why these things always happen in “gun-free” zones? If even one student or faculty member had been armed that day, the first few shots the wacko got off would have been his last.

The American people will never surrender their Second-Amendment right, and any politician who introduces legislation to the contrary should be immediately removed from office.

It is not in our nature to stand around like sheep waiting for the wolf’s slaughter. As for myself, my family and all those like me, just one thing need be said: “Wolf, be afraid. Be very afraid.”

Glenda Bly

Farwell