Letters to the Editor

Oligarchy leading nation’s decline

I have come to a point in my life when I am questioning the values of the United States. We no longer live in a democracy but in an oligarchy with those with the money calling the shots.

Congress is bought and paid for by the 1 percent and does everything in its power to maintain that imbalance. Congress authorizes, many times against the wants and desires of the military, weapons systems that are neither wanted nor needed; they authorize the building of airplanes that either do not work as promoted or are immediately mothballed.

To make matters worse, Congress refuses to allocate money to take care of wounded veterans or those suffering from PTSD. I shudder to think of what might befall any of the recruits who were inducted into the Army at McKechnie Field on Saturday evening.

Congress will do nothing to address the rise in gun-related violence, despite the call by the vast majority of Americans to do something. The NRA has taken over and quashed the discussion about reasonable gun control legislation.

From Columbine to Virginia Tech to Sandy Hook to Aurora, to Fort Hood to Umpqua Community College in Oregon, and now to Orlando. “How many deaths will it take ‘til we know that too many people have died?”

It is so ridiculous to know that persons on the “No-Fly List” are not on the “No-Buy List”... that such persons, if legally qualified otherwise, can purchase firearms — from a .22 pistol to an AR-15 assault rifle.

When is America going to wake up and throw the rascals out who permit such enabling legislation to endure? “The answer, my friend ...”

Dave Hilsheimer