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Wy­att Earp na­tion?

Re: Dec. 18 ar­ti­cle, “Perry: Let Tex­ans be armed in pub­lic.”

So, Gov. Rick Perry be­lieves that al­low­ing more “nor­mal” ci­ti­zens to carry weapons, ei­ther con­cealed or in the open, would pos­si­bly pre­vent more events like the Sandy Hook ele­men­tary school shoot­ing. What nu­mer­i­cal per­cent of the Amer­i­can pub­lic should carry for this to have any real ef­fect ... 10, 30, 50 per­cent or more? What ef­fect have carry laws had to now?

With our me­dia’s fa­nat­i­cal ob­ses­sion with vi­o­lence, I can­not re­mem­ber any sub­stan­tial re­ports of “car­ry­ing” in­di­vid­u­als us­ing deadly force to pre­vent any sim­i­lar in­ci­dent to the Con­necti­cut event. It’s al­ways: “Well, if some­one had only had a gun. …” How many armed in­di­vid­u­als must be im­me­di­ately avail­able for this con­cept to work and if that’s really what we want — a na­tion of Wy­att Earps? Take a se­ri­ous, real­is­tic look at gun con­trol laws and leave the ac­tual shoot­ing to pro­fes­sion­als. Stan Gra­ham


Guard our schools

Re: Dec. 19 ar­ti­cle, “Mas­sacre could pro­pel Texas gun law re­vi­sions.”

The U.S. seems to have more than its share of cra­zies. If, mag­i­cally, all the guns dis­ap­peared, the nut cases would re­sort to car bombs, truck bombs, IEDs, pipe bombs, knives, etc. Po­lice can’t re­spond in­stan­ta­neously. Schools need armed pro­tec­tion to dis­tract shoot­ers un­til po­lice can ar­rive.

Alan Kirby Gran­ite Shoals

GOP’s morn­ing-af­ter pill

Re: Dec. 19 ar­ti­cle, “Boehner’s ‘Plan B’ vote draws fire from all sides.”

Plan B — The “morn­ing af­ter” pill. What the Repub­li­cans want the coun­try to take when their hopes for con­tin­ued tax breaks for the wealthy fall through. Does any­one else see the irony? Jo Ivester


Don’t cut can­cer funds

Re: Dec. 14 com­men­tary, “Dig­ging for truth in re­search scan­dal.”

In fight­ing can­cer, fed­eral dol­lars have a huge im­pact on pa­tients and the econ­omy. More than 80 per­cent of fed­eral re­search fund­ing is in­vested in our coun­try’s can­cer cen­ters. Last year, $1.06 bil­lion in fed­eral fund­ing came to Texas for can­cer re­search, adding nearly 26,000 jobs, but also pro­vid­ing Tex­ans with ac­cess to lifesaving clin­i­cal tri­als and treat­ment break­throughs.

In fol­low­ing the de­bate in Congress, I worry that law­mak­ers may cut funds to the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health, neg­a­tively af­fect­ing can­cer pa­tients. I urge our lead­ers to con­sider the im­pacts of their choices back home. More than 33,000 jobs in med­i­cal re­search could be lost, in­clud­ing 2,019 in Texas. More im­por­tantly, this would lead to stalling in­no­va­tion, progress and re­search. Let’s not jeop­ar­dize progress against dis­eases such as can­cer, which kills 1,500 a day in the U.S. Don’t let the fight against can­cer fall off the “fis­cal cliff.” Jon Hor­na­day


Tree lights or peo­ple?

For a num­ber of years I have been notic­ing the trees on 360 and else­where in Austin be­ing dec­o­rated for Christ­mas. And this year, for the first time, I thought of the ef­fort and money that is be­ing spent on this ef­fort. Why not, I thought, in­stead do­nate the time and money that goes into dec­o­rat­ing th­ese trees into feed­ing Austin’s home­less. There are so many peo­ple who are in need of help dur­ing this hol­i­day sea­son and while dec­o­rat­ing trees is a beau­ti­ful ges­ture it does not al­le­vi­ate some­one’s hunger. Nima D’Souza


Bring back courtesy

What has hap­pened to sim­ple man­ners like say­ing “thank you” or “you’re wel­come” af­ter mak­ing a pur­chase? Most clerks to­day are young peo­ple who can’t seem to look away from their phone long enough to ac­knowl­edge a cus­tomer who just sup­ported the busi­ness they work for. “Here ya go” or “Have a nice day” is not “thank you for pa­tron­iz­ing my busi­ness and giv­ing me a lit­tle bit of job se­cu­rity.” Is it me just grip­ing about poor ser­vice get­ting worse or has any­body else no­ticed this trend?

Lee Crow­ell leecrow­

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