Why is Texas making it

easier to possess guns?

Just hours after another mass shooting took place in Texas — this one killing seven people in the city of Odessa — several new laws took effect in that state to further loosen the restrictions on possessing guns.

The old comics strip character Pogo put it best: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

 P. J. McCrary, Jacksonville

 

Is there still some time to

rename Hurricane Dorian?

I don't like the name “Dorian” for the current hurricane; it is just too close to “Dora” for my taste, and we all know how that hurricane turned out. So I propose that Mayor Lenny Curry issue an executive order officially changing the name of Hurricane Dorian to Hurricane Donald.

Sure, the federal government would complain and say that Curry had no right to do such a thing. But by the time the dispute would be heard in court, Hurricane Donald would have passed — hopefully as a downgraded tropical depression with just a lot of hot air.

Ed Robertson, Jacksonville

 

City should be doing more to provide

sandbags to Jacksonville residents

In terms of land area Jacksonville is the largest city in the lower 48 states.

But when a hurricane is approaching and you are a Jacksonville resident who needs sandbags for protection, good luck: your city government can’t help you there.

All of the communities that surround Jacksonville are able to take care of their residents by providing free sand and sandbags at multiple locations. Why can't Jacksonville's city government divert its attention from selling off JEA and tearing down a perfectly good expressway ramp long enough to actually take care of its citizens?

Mack Gooding, Orange Park

 

Our leaders just keep ignoring

the major challenges facing us

Our elected leaders are continuing to make our problems worse by continuing to ignore them. We have ticking time bombs in the forms of climate change, environmental degradation, the increasing U.S. debt, aging infrastructure and insufficient regulations on guns.

The young people of America totally get it on the issues of climate change, the environment and guns; they know what needs to be done.

But our national debt and crumbling infrastructure also need to be dealt with, and our elected leaders are making things harder by not truly confronting these challenges.

We need more accountability from our politicians on these issues. If they won’t take on that responsibility, we should not vote for them.

Keith Wilson, Charlotte, N.C.

Wilson is a Times-Union reader and a former Jacksonville resident who graduated from Englewood High School.