This is no time for Congress

to be on vacation for a month

With all of the problems facing America at this moment, how can Congress take off for a whole month?

I consider border control and the lack of action in changing our immigration laws to be two of the worst problems we face; if they are not dealt with and corrected, these problems could affect us for generations to come.

Congress should also be helping and supporting President Donald Trump on international matters, which include facing the military challenges being presented by other countries.

I can assure you that Russia and China are not taking the month of August off; they are working harder than ever to advance their efforts to control the world.

John Carson, Ponte Vedra Beach

 

We've reduced drunk driving

deaths — why not gun deaths?

A recent letter writer used the tired argument that blaming guns for mass murders is like blaming cars for drunk driving deaths.

Well, let’s take a quick look at some changes that have been made in how we drive, thanks to the work of Mothers Against Drunk Driving over the past 40 years:

● The minimum age to drink has been raised from 18 to 21.

● A bartender or homeowner can be held liable for serving too much alcohol to an individual who becomes intoxicated and kills someone while driving drunk.

● A drunk driving arrest can result in losing your driving license — and if you do regain it, you may be required to breathe into an installed device before your vehicle will start.

Now compare that to these current realities about firearms in America:

● It was only after the 2018 Parkland mass shooting tragedy that Florida passed a law prohibiting minors under 21 from purchasing firearms.

● It is possible to completely escape liability for selling hundreds of rounds of ammunition for weapons that are designed for mass killing.

● The licensing process for weapons remains so lax that you can still own guns even after exhibiting life-threatening behavior or engaging in troubling social media activity.

Maybe we should learn something from the efforts of groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, commonly known as MADD.

Maybe we need to get mad enough to do something to reduce gun deaths in the same way we have reduced drunk driving deaths.

Phil Scanlan, Amelia Island

 

Curry is better at tearing things

down than looking out for citizens

Times-Union columnists Mark Woods and Nate Monroe both had good columns recently on the state of our public schools.

The city has an obligation to do the best it can for our public schools, and I resent that public schools are having money siphoned away from them by charter schools.

It’s clear that Mayor Lenny Curry — a clone of President Donald Trump — wants to turn the Duval County School Board into a body that is: a) not independent, and b) under the thumb of City Council.

Curry has become an albatross around the neck of this city; he curries favor with his rich supporters who think public funds are supposed to benefit them rather than the citizens of Jacksonville.

Curry has chosen political hacks to run some agencies, and then he pushes these hacks to act in whatever way he desires.

And Curry seems more interested in tearing down buildings than he is in coming up with real plans for these properties after the buildings disappear.

Jacksonville deserves better than this.

Elaine Furman, Jacksonville