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Off the Editor’s Desk – 9-17-2014

Why is it that when a person or a group, conspire to commit a terrorism act, we as a society deem it as a deranged person or group. But when some nut job commits a violent act with a gun, all gun owners get the blame?

 I have been thinking about the death of the young man in Ferguson, MO. I do not want to comment about who was right or what went wrong, but as Senator Claire McCaskill reported, “most of the residents of Ferguson, Missouri are law-abiding citizens, but instigators have infiltrated the people protesting the death of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown.”

President Obama sent three White House aids to the funeral, and I applaud that. But was it done to ease the tension and console the family and friends? I must mention, however, the president, did not send anyone from the government to the funeral of Margaret Thatcher.

For you young people, Thatcher was the British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. She was called the Iron Lady and was probably the best PM the Brits had since Winston Churchill. She died last year at the age of 87.

I bring up what Senator McCaskill said about people from outside the community and thought about the protest before the city council last week over the proposed sand mine. I was at the community center as the protesters were arriving to march to the city hall. I tried to count them all and their numbers exceed forty. But, I will admit don’t know all the people that live in Glenwood City, but I figured that maybe only a quarter of the protesters were residents of the city. Maybe another quarter lived in one of the surrounding townships. I was happy that the city council listened to those who wished to speak at the meeting.

One other note, while I am talking about gun violence. Recently the U.S. Senate vote 53-46 against a United Nations Resolution that lists dealing with firearms control. One of the points calls for member states (which we are) to support weapons collection and disarmament of all UN countries.  I’m very happy that this failed. But who voted to implement this alarming thing. All Democrats, including our own Senator Tammy Baldwin and the two senators from the People’s Republic of Minnesota, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franklen. If you are a gun owner and like the second amendment, let these three know.

Thanks for reading! — Carlton