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Marin IJ Readers Forum July 3, 2022 – Marin Independent Journal

The Apparent Values ​​of Recent Troubling Court Rulings

Well, what do we have here? Apparently this is a Supreme Court that agrees with the criminalization of a woman’s right to choose what she can and wants to do with her body. At the same time, these “loving people” say that it is normal for people (most likely to be men) to carry guns.

From my point of view, it seems that women have to bear children that they cannot take care of or that they know that they will not be good parents. Then, when the little ones are old enough to go to school, we’ll send them to where they can be victimized by open-ended gun laws to be easily murdered in a future school massacre. I find these apparent values ​​extremely frustrating.

I guess there are more than a few men who disagree with a woman being a full citizen. Remember that women have only had the right to vote since August 18, 1920. At least the majority of West Coast leaders are saying sensible things about this.

—Sally Seymour, San Rafael

Marin should ignore state housing mandate

None of the articles and editorials reporting on state-imposed housing quotas ever seem to go into detail about what would actually happen if we said no.

Money would be lost in Sacramento, no doubt, as punishment, but how much are we talking about? If the money comes in the form of a tax from the people of Marin to the state, what if the county heads and leaders of our small towns staged an old-fashioned tax revolt and kept that money ?

It wouldn’t be the first tax revolt this country has ever seen. An escrow account to store our tax money could be created by our shrewd lawyers, for local use and control. We might even finish better than before. We may have to tighten our belts, like not hiring as many high-priced out-of-town consultants. But we can live within our means.

I live by the law of the universe that something can only really be messed up once.

—Sand White, Woodacre

It’s time to eliminate guns, 2nd amendment

In his letter to the editor titled “Don’t distort the meaning of the Second Amendment,” Hank Zucker hit the nail on the head.

In David Kaplan’s book “The Most Dangerous Branch,” the author quotes former President Richard Nixon after appointing Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger:

“The Conservative Chief Justice … called the (Second Amendment) an anachronism, created at a time when a state militia, ‘like a gun and a powder horn, was as much a part of life as the automobile l ‘is today,'” Nixon said of Burger. “(Burger) ranted that the Second Amendment had been ‘the subject of one of the biggest frauds – I repeat the word ‘fraud’ – on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen from my life. … If the militia, which was to be the state army, was to be “well regulated,” why should (teenagers) not be regulated in the use of weapons the same way an automobile is regulated? »

Campaign contributions from arms companies to members of Congress are nothing short of bribes. They work against the will of the people. People want guns regulated. In a civilized society of the 21st century, it is not necessary for people to carry weapons.

It’s time to repeal and replace the Second Amendment and eliminate the vast majority of guns across the country.

— Toby Marion, Tiburon

The story of how the state was named needs more detail

I am writing in response to Marin Voice’s recently published commentary by Carol McKee Marque (“The mythical queen behind the state’s name has been through it all,” June 27).

I think it’s a wonderful idea to honor and represent the mythical Amazonian black queen Calafia on the California state seal and elsewhere if the state bears her name. But I think McKee Marque failed to prove that he really lives up to the character’s name.

Instead of providing evidence, the comment goes into a confusing, confusing, and possibly false assertion of how the state was named. Black lives matter, even when presented with the laudable intention of illuminating age-old endemic racism. However, the distortion of history hurts rather than helps the cause.

—Bill O’Connell, San Rafael