‘A well regulated militia being necessary …’

To the editor:

The writer of the lead editorial in Friday’s Review-Journal (“It means what it says”) believes, as I do, that it’s good we have five people on the U.S. Supreme Court who can read and understand the English language. That was the reason for the court’s Thursday decision that yes, we do have a right to keep and bear arms (though there do need to be laws requiring background checks and preventing the use those weapons for illegal purposes).

The writer was also correct in that the dependent clause in the Second Amendment refers not to a uniformed National Guard force, but to ordinary citizens like those who took their rifles and headed for Concord to beat off an oppressive government in 1775. We particularly have a right, as Justice Antonin Scalia said, to defend “self, family, and property.”

It was with this in mind, I later read the story in another part of the paper about 78-year-old Norma Hayward. Federal prosecutors allege she was defrauded out of her home of 34 years by Steven Grimm, who faces a lengthy prison term if convicted of conspiracy, bank fraud and money laundering. In the meantime, over the past 10 years, her house has been sold and resold without her knowledge or consent, and she has now been told she must buy it back for $203,000 by the end of August or be put out on the street.

In the first place, if anyone owes $203,000, it is Grimm and the fraudulent buyers and shell companies that ran the price of the house up the same way Wall Street traders are buying and selling oil futures and running up the price of gasoline and diesel fuel. She’s 79 (I’m 82), and we were both brought up in a time when people could be taken at their word, though for the 24 years I taught high school I tried to drum it into my kids that anyone can be had, as Mrs. Hayward has been.

Back to the editorial: If there ever were a time when a civilian militia ought to be formed, it’s this summer, so that when someone comes to tell Norma Hayward that it’s time for her to get out of her home, a group of people are there to say “No!” I will join any group that wants to stop this lady from losing the home she bought 34 years ago.

The people who owe the money are those who bought and sold the house and whose names ought to be available at the county recorder’s office. If Greenpoint Mortgage can’t collect from them or the swindler who started all this, that’s too bad — but they have more lawyers available than Mrs. Hayward whose attorney seems only able to advise her to move out in August if she can’t come up with the money.

So much for the “justice for all” ending of the Pledge of Allegiance.

How many veterans are there here who’d be willing to help me?

George Appleton

LAS VEGAS

A balanced approach

To the editor:

In his Sunday letter to the Review-Journal, Sen. Harry Reid defended his bill to provide low-cost federal funding for transmission lines only if the majority of the power transmitted is generated by renewable sources. This mandate ignores that fact that solar and wind power cannot be relied upon for 24/7 operation, being dependent on sunlight and wind. Other sources of power, such as oil, coal or nuclear, will be required to meet baseline demand.

The senator also hopes that with the participation of power companies, that 10 percent of the country’s electricity will be generated by solar power by the year 2025. This would meet only half of the country’s expected increased energy needs in that time period — solar power alone will not be sufficient.

Clearly we need a balanced approach to the energy problem with increased use of fossil fuels until renewable sources can be brought online in sufficient quantities.

Henry Schmid

LAS VEGAS

Who’s profiting?

To the editor:

Excessive profits by the oil companies? Not hardly. We should be focused on the excessive profits of congressmen, who after just a couple of terms become millionaires on salaries that do not account for their wealth.

Gary L. Schultz

HENDERSON

Making us sick

To the editor:

Every day, Sen. Harry Reid’s words prove that he is either totally incompetent or a liar. His latest load of guano is that “Coal makes us sick. Oil makes us sick.” There is a reason that Congress has its lowest approval rating ever, and he is solely responsible.

If you happen to listen to your constituents, Sen. Reid, refusing to let us use our natural resources is making me sick. The price of gasoline is making me sick, and your venomous mouth is making me sick.

Are you so afraid of some success in getting a handle on the increased oil prices during the current administration that you would once again refuse to do what is best for our country?

Michelle Duncan

LAS VEGAS

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