Right denied

Congratulations to the class of 2019! You will be the first 18-year-olds not allowed to purchase a semi-automatic rifle. Your graduation money can’t be used to buy the most popular sporting rifles such as the AR-15, or even the Ruger 10/22. The passage of Initiative 1639 is an infringement on your Second Amendment right. Not until you are 21 will you even be able to take the required “compliance training,” and then you can purchase a self-loading rifle. For now you can still obtain lever and bolt action guns such as the AR-50. That’s right you can still buy a 50-caliber “‘AR,” which stands for Armalite rifle and not assault rifle as our lawmakers have mistakenly defined. On July 1, I-1639 goes into full effect requiring compliance training, a new background check process that surrenders your HIPAA rights, and mandatory 10-day waiting periods. When a right is delayed that right is effectively denied and is unconstitutional. On July 1, we march. We the people will not comply.

Kelin Ray


Down to business

A friend of mine, Mary Martin, who lives in Arizona, recently said something I can totally agree with:

“As a political outsider looking in, it seems to me that if the Democrats spent as much time and effort trying to get something productive done in Congress, as they are spending trying to oust our elected president, our country would be a lot better off.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself, so I don’t think I won’t try. Congress needs to stop playing games and get down to the job we sent them to D.C. to do. The Constitution did not give Congress the power to elect a president, that power belongs to we the people.

Jay Christensen


Share the road

The sunshine is here, fellow citizens. Pedestrians and bicyclists are out again. Please look for them whenever you drive across a sidewalk as no one should get killed because automobile drivers are unaware of their surroundings. Perhaps the city could allocate some thought into actual bicycle lanes in areas where traffic is horrendous and unsafe.

Have you tried to ride your bike down Ocean Beach Highway on the sidewalk? It’s not a good experience. Waiting for a fatality to drive the effort for pedestrian / bicycle paths through town would be unwise and even negligent. With electric bicyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians finding better, cleaner and cheaper ways to commute everyday, we should have the foresight to make safe bicycle lanes a reality. Anyway, please be aware and share the road.

Thomas Riffe


Standout grads

I am writing to thank The Daily News for the series of features on outstanding graduates from each of the local high schools. These articles have honored the efforts and talents of each individual, and have also given some recognition to supportive people in their lives. I have been inspired by the intense effort which was respectfully described. One has to express good wishes for their continuing success.

Thank you, TDN and your skillful writers.

Dolphine Mack


Support for Raiter

I was happy to see that George Raiter is running for Port of Longview commissioner. George has experience in both the private sector and the public sector and would make an excellent commissioner.

Wayne Ostermiller


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