Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 11, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 11/11/2013

Do me a favor

I hear and read a lot of complaining about Congress but I have something to tell you: there is exactly nothing you and I can do to fix Congress. We do, however, have a Mr. Benishek, who was elected to represent us in Congress, who can’t seem to find any useful ways to spend his time. That, we can fix.

Just imagine having a representative who worked all the time for the betterment of his or her constituents. Imagine, for instance, this person saying, “Whether or not I like Obamacare, it is the law of the land and I will use my position to help every single person in my district to get the best health care possible.”

Instead, of course, Mr. Benishek and his cronies throw a tantrum, make a circus of Congress, shut down the government and accomplish nothing except to cost the country billions.

Well, it’s a free country and bellyache all you want about Congress, but a year from now if you haven’t done everything you can do to replace Benishek with an effective representative (Democrat or Republican) then do me a favor and bellyache out of range of my hearing.

Tim Joseph



Sensible gun control

I am dismayed at the unthinking attitude of Congressman Dan Benishek regarding “the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.” He excludes important rationale contained in this amendment as it defines the use of arms in the context of maintaining a well regulated militia.

We need leaders who will closely examine the laws required for each of us to live without fear of undue risk from irrational behavior of other citizens. Management of the right to own and bear arms certainly is an area which requires sensible, sensitive leaders to continually re-examine the regulation of potentially dangerous equipment including guns and other firearms.

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