Recent events which have been the talk of and debated widely in the national media have left me wondering if, in many cases, the high salaries and elitism of the games that these professional athletes play have not led us to a state where the principles on which our nation was founded and those who helped our country grow into the democracy that made it the envy of almost every other country in the world have far less value than the contracts they sign. And for me, and millions of other veterans and service men and women, they mean so much more than just words.
From the many letters to the editor about the subject of assault rifles and AR-15s, I understand that gun control is an emotional subject, especially after the Florida shooting. However, I would ask everyone to step back and see if we can look at some facts and ask a few questions. Here are a few things to consider:
For a number of weeks we have had letters and columns in The Forum against and in favor of the tighter rules on flaring. Enough, let's cut to the chase. Flaring has the following negative effects: It is polluting (air and water, the latter when it rains and carries the pollutants out of the air into the various water sources receiving the rain). It is a health hazard. It adversely affects the environment and the economy (by otherwise uncollected taxes on the product, unpaid royalties to the citizens of North Dakota who do not get paid if the gas is flared).