EDITOR: A simple two-step solution to guns would avoid bureaucracy and judgmental laws that question the rights of people to own such things. It can be applied to any dangerous thing or substance.
&#149 Make if a federal offense to commit a crime with a thing or substance demonstrably and significantly endangering others and traded across state lines.
&#149 The owner of said thing or substance serves the same sentence as the criminal, even if the latter is a child or is dead and even if the weapon was stolen, unless the weapon or substance was secured by a method only a professional criminal could circumvent.
This would require registration of dangerous things and a license to use them, which is already commonly done with motorcycles, prescription drugs and nitroglycerine. It can be extended to guns, ammunition and LSD.
Judgmental laws violate religious freedom. Laws should protect people against the advertent or inadvertent actions of others, not send them to prison for such judgments as marijuana smoking and gun ownership are evil.
Let off easy
EDITOR: Thanks for the follow-up article on Gary T. Armitage and the sentence he received ("Armitage gets 10 years in deal," Tuesday). I'm sure most people thought the sentence was too lenient. I do hope the sentence includes no parole. I also hope he is not sent to a white-collar prison.
When did we, as a country, start classifying crimes? He stole millions of dollars and ruined many lives. Just because he did not use a gun should not entitle him to special treatment. That goes for all white-collar criminals.
So long, Sebastopol
EDITOR: I couldn't have said it better — "the town does not hold a candle to what it was" ("Old Sebastopol," Letters, Jan. 11). It seems I might be a bit younger than Brian Malm, but I remember "our" Sebastopol — Analy Rexall, Joe Budget's, the Bakery and Mercantile with the squeaky wooden floors and, of course, Pellini Chevrolet where dad bought all his vehicles.
I was just a country girl, but I felt so safe and welcome in "my" town. I swam at Ives Park, rode my bike into town to the library. I still don't live in the city limits and, unfortunately, I don't feel particularly welcome in my town any longer. That's heartbreaking.
I am not sure who high-jacked Sebastopol (I do know), but it wasn't by those who have the best interests of all Sebastopolians at heart or who represent me. That's right. I don't live in town so my interests aren't important. So, the way I see it, neither are my tax dollars important to Sebastopol, and I will find another burg willing to take my dollars and not kick me and my friends to the curb.
Thanks old Sebastopol for the memories, and shame on you to those who have produced the contempt.
JEANNE BASSETT FERNANDES
EDITOR: On Wednesday, the president continued his assault on the Constitution that he swore under oath to defend. This will possibly result in a ban on defensive weapons, with the goal of ultimately disarming the law-abiding citizen. The Second Amendment was put in place so the law-abiding citizen would be able to defend himself from an over-reaching tyrannical government. Isn't it high time we awoke out of our drug- and entertainment-induced stupor?