If you believe NRA is grass-roots, you’re wrong
It is astonishing that anyone can really believe that the NRA is so politically powerful because of the grass-roots support of “millions of Americans” (Readers Write, April 23). Poll after poll has shown that the great majority of Americans (including NRA members) support at least some of the gun-control legislation that was defeated.
The NRA is able to spend billions of dollars in lobbying simply because it is a front for the profitable and powerful gun and ammunition industry. This is another example of how corporate power runs this country and their skill in obscuring that effort.
Jerilyn Jackson, Stillwater
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Not too late to hold Obama to his word
I believe it’s still possible to call the president and ask him not to approve the laying of Keystone XL. The fossil-fuels industry is lobbying hard to get this pipeline, and the only way to stop it is for citizens to show their opposition. Remember that the president, in his inaugural address, said: “We will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God.” His approval of the pipeline would increase our pollution and contradict his statement. So call 202-456-1111 with your vote.
Connie Metcalf, Fridley
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What’s that alternate ‘pay-for’? Pixie dust?
There’s a gaping hole in Erik Paulsen’s and Ron Kind’s commentary on April 22 (“Medical-device tax is going, going …”). They give numerous reasons for repealing the tax. That’s expectedly one-sided.
But in the middle of their presentation is the following comment: “As we move forward in repealing the tax … we must also find another pay-for — one that won’t jeopardize innovation or jobs — so we don’t add to our nation’s debt.”
That’s it. No further discussion on that point. No suggestions, no alternatives, a dead end.
We can conclude that the two congressmen have no clue what another “pay-for” would be that meets their criteria. I challenge them to think of a measure that wouldn’t “jeopardize” jobs in some way.
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