Restrict rapid-fire capability

Yes, as pointed out in the Aug. 28 editorial, guns can save lives. But, let’s also point out that in the incidents used to prove this, the guns did not have to have — and likely did not have — magazines larger than suggested original equipment. Usually eight to 10 rounds.

Gun control in the form of restricting excessive rapid-fire capability and restricting weapon ownership to responsible individuals of sound mind reduces the likelihood of mass murder without reducing the ability of responsible individuals to defend themselves, their loved ones and their home.

N.C. Sizemore, Ocala 

 

The AARP is being misled

The headline on the Aug. 21 Star-Banner reads, "City, county receives AARP designation." I never thought the AARP could be taken in by a scam, but there it is in black and white.

The city is just fine and managed by honorable people, but the county is a different story. For example, the county EMS charges a minimum of $650, plus $90 to be transported to the county hospital that's part of the West Marion hospital complex. The city charges nothing. To add insult to injury, the county EMS doesn't, at least on my wife's two falls, do vitals or start an IV in case the patient crashes on the way to the hospital.

But probably the most serious part is the patient or family doesn't have a say in where the patient is to be taken. We live in Oak Run, just five minutes from Timber Ridge. We were never asked where my wife should be taken. The first time, they just took off and I noticed they were headed for the West Marion complex. The second time, they told me emphatically that they were taking my wife to West Marion, and we had no say in the matter. It's a life-threatening decision on the part of the county EMS.

A patient should have vitals taken and an IV started, then taken to the nearest ER. But here's the big three: 1. It's the county operation, which, in fact, is a business. 2. The EMS is an arm of the county. 3. The Marion County Regional Medical Center is part of the West Marion complex. This constitutes a monopoly on the county's part and it puts a patient's life at stake by not using the nearest ER.

Bill Ford, Oak Run 

 

Emery Schley on politics

Columnist Emery Schley should stick to pancake breakfasts and his meanderings about Marion County. Politics is clearly beyond his scope.

Schley's comments regarding Ted Kennedy and John McCain on Aug. 31 are just embarrassing. Contrary to being selfish, many of us remember that John McCain exhibited courage and commitment when he returned to Washington just days after surgery to take a principled stand. Both McCain and Kennedy represent an era, unfortunately now long past, when our senators and representatives worked to build consensus and find solutions to the problems facing Americans. The vast majority of the current sad lot represent only the donors and special interests who fuel their re-election campaigns.

Until we find a way to eliminate, or at least limit, dark money, the notion of a Senate and House that truly represent us is an impossible dream.

Tom Enrico, Ocala

 

Fixing border problems

Just a thought on how to better proceed with the problems at our borders: Simplify the process with the only requirement is that you must be able to speak English. Once into the country, then vet.

Think of the possibilities when both positions can understand one another. This is just a starting point. Knowing the thoughts and wants can be better approached when both parties are on the same communicative page.

Ronald Taylor, Ocklawaha