“I was a Boy Scout and a troop member in San Antonio (highest rank: Eagle Scout) from 1948 through 1952. During this period I was a member of the NRA and the troop participated in target shooting at rifle and pistol ranges in the area. I would have purchased a lifetime membership, but I couldn't affort the fee.
Now, I'm appalled at the actions of the NRA to prevent sensible gun regulation and control in the United States. The Second Ammendment was not meant to be abused as it is today. I regret not emptying my paper route savings back in the early 1950s to buy a lifetime NRA membership so that I now could raise hell with the NRA as one of its most senior members.”
pflickner on Jul 25, 2012 at 00:11:44
“They used to be the voice of reason regarding weapons. They used to insist upon training, and from an early age, if possible. There was a time when you knew that the NRA stood for responsible ownership, and you could trust that a card-carrying NRA member would be a great hunting or shooting partner. Now, they don't seem to even insist on training. They seem to support the idiocy that we have in Arizona where handgun purchases alone guarantee that you can walk around with a concealed weapon - WITHOUT TRAINING. Anyone who has been properly trained knows how dangerous an untrained person is with any weapon. But they seem to be fine with that.”
David Carson on Jul 24, 2012 at 23:57:06
“defending the BOR IS SENSIBLE--if not for the NRA and allied groups, you would not be allowed to own any firearms”
battistonj on Jul 24, 2012 at 23:53:00
“Like you I have questioned NRA apparent unwillingness to allow "sensible gun regulation" Then I began to see a larger picture. It is not about gun control it is about control. I would willingly register my weapons. Take a test and do a number of other things if that would end the debate. It however would not. Next the Liberals would began the next level of attacks. So the NRA has taken a "draw a line in the sand" approach to fight all and any restrictions. If those who are against guns in any fashion in the hands of the population could be trusted then compromise and reasonableness could be taken but unfortunately there is no trust on the issue.”
“Dan - Keep your investigations, analyses and reporting on migrant farm labor -- H-2A and undocumented -- coming. This is an important part of the coming national clash on immigration reform. My opinion: The 20 million (my guesstimate, factored from the undocumented estimate of various news stories of 12 million) "illegals" have created a "half-rung" on the job entry ladder for ordinary working Americans. Not to belabor this, look to the urban poor, particularly black, and their situation in this country. You well know that Houston has atrocious statistics regarding high school graduation rates, unemployment rates, crime rates, recidivism, drugs, you-name-it. Basic education is certainly part of the answer, but with illegal workers taking up beginning jobs in such huge numbers and -- through supply and demand -- driving down the labor costs businesses pay for this labor, the resulting outlook of job availability and wage for the "average Joe" with a high school degree is bleak. Unfortunately, the organization of or for these "average Joes" is essentially nonexistent. Other than a few opinion columnists, e.g. Froma Harrop of the Providence Journal, one rarely reads or hears about this "half-rung" effect. While I'm somewhat sympathetic to foreign people from Mexico, Central and South America, Asia and Africa who come seeking a better life, I'm dismayed that the U.S. Government largely turns a blind eye to illegal immigration and its depressive effect on jobs for the U.S. urban poor. Isn't our first responsibility to our own citizens?”
Changeizgood on Oct 14, 2010 at 07:36:58
“Isn't our first responsibility to our own citizens?
Are you kidding. Since when do the Republicans care about American Citizens unless they make 8 figures.
I say this because Saxby Chambliss stands in his three piece suits defending the breaking of worker laws on the books. Southern Slave Labor persuasion?
The exclusion of legal American workers who won't pick for 2.00 an hour. That's what's left when you they charge for living arrangements, utilities, the ride to work by truck. Most have to give up upwards of 1/2 of their income just to pick some illegal hiring farmers.
They are just used to exploitation, and American workers KNOW the laws of the country, while the illegal labor does NOT.”
Wildeye on Oct 14, 2010 at 03:54:09
“I find it hard to blame the workers for the low wages; I'm sure they would love to be paid more. As Mr. Rather has pointed out in this article, it's the employers who are making the final decision on how much to pay and whom to hire.”
“A good vote turnout in four weeks is important to give the country important direction. If the Republican party generally prevails as expected, let's hope they "don't throw out the baby with the bath water." Progress has been made during the past two years, although perhaps disappointing to many on either side of the aisle. Let's remember that our democracy works best when most people vote. See you at the polls!”