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October 14, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Gun control: Pro I-594 view is not grounded in the Constitution

In his letter, Marshall Dunlap seems to know little about the U.S. Constitution, guns, self defense and criminals ["Background-check inconvenience worth it to keep guns from criminals," Northwest Voices, Oct. 7]. He writes, “No one needs a gun, especially a handgun. …” Need is not mentioned in the Second Amendment, which states, “The right…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: Bob Langenbach, constitution, gun control

June 4, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Gun rights: Federalist Papers present complete story of intent of Constitution’s framers

The column “What did the framers really mean?” [Opinion, May 28] really captured my interest. I particularly found fault with the lack of columnist Joe Nocera’s failure to even mention the founders’ letters, “The Federalist Papers,” covering this very subject. The letters describe in detail their very strong feelings and deep concerns on the…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: constitution, Fred Mackaman, gun control

May 13, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Mental health: Constitution protects against involuntary commitment

The law requiring prompt assessment of involuntarily committed patients is neither obscure nor a technicality [“Evaluators’ missed deadlines are freeing county mental patients,” Local News, May 10]. It is part of a very important right enshrined in the U.S. The Constitution requires the right of having the validity of one’s detention determined by habeas…

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Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: constitution, habeas corpus, involuntary commitment

April 4, 2014 at 6:03 AM

McCutcheon v. FEC: Amend the Constitution

The Supreme Court’s most recent ruling on McCutcheon v. FEC should be the last straw for “We The People” [“Ruling loosens reins on political donations,” Nation & World, April 2]. The five majority judges seem out of touch with how democracy should really work — one person, one vote. It is time to amend the…

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Comments | More in First Amendment | Topics: constitution, democracy, Free speech

September 30, 2013 at 6:59 AM

The preamble to the U.S. Constitution

Keep those goals in mind So enamored of the anti-monarchical sentiments in the Declaration of Independence that most Americans do not realize it is not part of the U.S. Constitution. This declaration was a call to arms against the British, a war which the colonists won a long time ago. Regrettably, we now disregard the preamble to the…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: constitution, declaration of independence, preamble