- Scooters and mopeds are dangerous on our roadways. I don’t see how registering them is going to make them any more visible or able to keep up with traffic. How about making people wear reflecting vests?
- Children in all grades should be allowed to participate in end of year “field days” or “carnivals.” I don’t care how many tokens or pirate dollars you have. End of grade is a celebration and a rite of passage.
- We need to stop separating everybody and enjoy each other’s company. We all have something to offer. Why does it matter if you are Hispanic or non-Hispanic when buying a firearm? How about we ask if you are an American Indian and then charge you no sales tax for what we have done?
- If trading prisoners in a time of war, it should be one for one, not five really dangerous men for one — sorry but the math doesn’t line up. What about all the men and women who died capturing those five?
- When politician’s lose complete touch with the people they represent there should be an “out” button, and if enough people push it — out they go. Sorry but I don’t really have faith in elections like I should.
- If a doctor asks you, “Do you have guns and ammo in your home?” return the question with “Do you drink? Do you text while driving? Are you working too many hours?” Because these things do affect your care.
Our great country is in a time of turmoil, and we need to pay attention. If you go on vacation this summer, take a good look around. Is this the country you remember as a child? Of course electronics have changed the face of things greatly. No one makes eye contact anymore. Written cards are becoming a thing of the past since you can email someone “Happy Birthday” with a big smiley face.
n It’s time we take a step back and a deep breath. Our country and its foundation are losing some of its shine. Be proud to be an American. Be thankful that we live where we do but don’t become complacent. Stop pretending that “someone else will fix it.”
Remember knowledge and common sense are two great powers we are all able to obtain if we work at it. Libraries are still free (last I checked).
Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.