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l F Tee, ir,, - December 19, 2012 OPINION/VOUR COMIUNITV Page 5 LETTERS TO TIlE EDITOR Money key to gun numbers Editor: The war on guns is over and, as usual, we lost. Think of guns as drugs, the gun manufacturers as the drug cartels, the NSSF and NRA et al as the pushers/dealers and you got it. Same same. Making as much mon- ey as fast as possible is the cause. There is no patriotism going on here, no bulwark building to defend the USA and her free soci- ety. The only freedoms the NRA, NSSF et al have in their sights is their personal financial freedom (it's a job). And you can't argue with their stellar results. The gun manufacturers have brazenly labeled President Barack Obama as the "best gun salesman of all time." thanks to the NRA/ NSSF's PR teams who have in- stilled this fear and haven't let up on the button. They estimate there are 45.5 million mentally unstable people in America. A ready audience for the NRA/NSSF. Friends and family portrayed Adam Lanza's mother Nancy as a paranoid survivalist, who believed the world was on the verge of violent, economic col- lapse. She had been stockpiling food, water and guns. She drank the Kool-aid. No wonder her husband divorced her and fled. The NRA and NSSF et al have also worked successfully to undermine with loopholes every piece of leg- islation put forth. And again I stress that your freedom and safety have nothing to do with it. It's your money they want. Kalashnikov said, "It is good to see all the capitalists marketing their products." Americans supporting Russia. No, we don't discriminate when it comes to making money. In 2007 Bush signed into law H.R. 2640, which requires states to re- port to the NICS names of crimi- nals, those declared mentally ill, and others. Well, surprise, surprise: More than half the states are not com- plying. For instance, according to the FBI, Oregon has submitted to NICS only 24,729 mental patients' names. Yet, according to SAMHSA 5.4 percent of Oregon's popUla- tion have what's considered to be a serious mental illness - 209,722 people! The percentage of Oregon residents having had some kind of mental illness in the past year is 20.6 percent - that's 800,049 peo- ple. A bit of under-reporting there. I don't see what any law abid- ing citizen has to fear about loop- II Council From page 1 school zone. The city continually replaces signs as standards change, Graybill said. Signs also lose their reflectiv- ity. The council was considering whether to remove the school zones on Seventh Avenue where they ap- proach Elm Street from the south and north. Seventh Avenue runs along the east side of the school, with a row of housing between the street and the school. A gate in the fence on the east side of the school once allowed access to Seventh Avenue but it has been locked. The Oak Heights School play- grounds are no longer accessible from Seventh Avenue and Dogwood Street, Graybill said. As a result, the existing school zone should be re- duced. Seventh Avenue would instead have only a pentagonal "School Ahead" sign, GraybilLsaid. The existing school zone in- cludes and would retain a portion of Sixth Avenue south of Elm Street. It also includes a section of Highway 228 near Fourth Avenue where stu- dents cross the highway. "Even with that gate (at Dog- wood and Seventh) closed, you still have children," said Councilor Greg Mahler. "That's still a school zone." It no longer meets the require- ments of a school zone, though, Councilor Scott McKee Jr. noted. Ron Rodgers asked what the harm would be in leaving it a school zone. City Manager Craig Martin said there could be an issue if someone is cited in the zone if it's not legally a school zone. "I'm of the opinion, if it doesn't violate some state law or code, we leave it as it is or expand it," Rod- gers said. Rodgers noted the Highway 228 school zone and asked what the dif- ference is. Different roads have different standards, Martin said, and children cross the highway for school, like other highway school zones th'ough- out Sweet Home. Mayor Craig Fentiman asked City Attorney Robert Snyder and staff to research the requirements for school zones and return to the coun- cil with a report. The council next meets at 7:30 p.rrl, on Jan. 8 in the City Council Chamber inside the City Hall An- nex. Present at the meeting were cOuncilors Marybeth Angulo, who teaches at Oak Heights, Mahler, Jim Gourley, Fentiman, McKee, Rodgers and Mike Hall. In other business: Fentiman presented certifi- cates to outgoing councilors Rodgers and Hall. Hall did not run for re-elec- tion this year. Rodgers lost the elec- tion. Dec. 11 was their last meeting. The council also canvassed the election results during the meet- ing. Angulo and Gourley retained their seats, winning four-year terms. Dave Trask and Bruce Hobbes both won seats in the November election, Trask a four-year term and Hobbes a two-year term. Linn County Commissioner Roger Nyquist told the council he would be visiting monthly regard- less of whether hehad anything new to report and then gave an overview of what's going on with the former Western States Land Reliance Trust property, which is now owned by the county. The county foreclosed 'for nonpayment of property taxes. The northern part of the prop- erty, an old Knife River quarry, is proposed as a park and permanent site for the Oregon Jamboree. "Brian (Carroll, Linn County Parks andRecreation director) and Erin (Regrutto, Jamboree festival director) continue to talk," Nyquist said. "Neither wants to lose any money." Regrutto is looking at what other event organizers have done in similar circumstances, Nyquist said. The property has a site with trace levels of arsenic, Nyquist said. The county is attempting to obtain a grant to clean it up. The county remains in a con- versation with Weyerhaeuser about who's responsible for the remainder of the property, which was owned by Weyerhaeuser prior to its purchase by Western States Land Reliance Trust. Nyquist also told the council that the Veterans Home budget has been adjusted upward. County offi- cials are talking to state officials, and he expects it to be resolved without any additional cost to Linn County citizens. hole-free "laws aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of as many criminals, would-be criminals, anger-management drop-outs, and unstable personalities as possible. That's a good thing, a good goal to shoot for. Plus, it gives you, the law-abiding gun guy, the upper hand. Your team has more. I'm OK with home de- fense, by the way. I'm not OK with assault weapons. Every day, 34 Americans are mur- dered with guns. At that rate Sweet Home would be a ghost town in just 265.73 days, a hair shy of nine months. Diane Daiute Sweet Home Tax numbers are basic economics Editor: I wonder when they quit teach- ing economics in school? I was taught that if you own a business you have to make a profit to stay open. If the cost of making your product goes up, you have to increase the price of your product or cut back on expenses, which means job loss or a reduction of hours for many of your employees. Fair enough. When the government taxes you more and more and you raise your prices higher and higher, two things will happen: people suck it up (if they can afford to) and buy your product anyway or don't be- cause they have to spend their money on other things. Sometimes we have no choice but to buy the product. Sometimes you just shut the doors of your business because it costs more than you can make by staying open. So, the fact of the matter is I'll end up paying the tax that the government slaps on the people who make $200,000 or more on their business. I don't even make enough money to be considered middle class, yet this will mean a tax hike for me. I guess the liberals who voted for Obama think that they can show their Democratic party card and the business people will exempt them from paying the higher price. Maybe your Obama/Biden bumper sticker will make your boss give you the same hours while cutting back the hours of other employees. Maybe those who voted for Obama just don't care as long you tax the rich, even if you are the one paying that tax - or maybe they were too busy learning how evil the 2-percenters are. Jeani West Sweet Home Merry Christmas! ii!il I MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM WWW.LASSENRV.COM :"i!::':i:! 541.917.7395 I 877.373.2678 : 1103 PRICE ROAD SE, ALBANY, OR 97322 AUTHORIZED SERVICE / DEALER FOR MOST MAKES 8 MODELS