LETTERS: Horse racing’s handicap, gun insurance coverage, legislation and order, stolen yard indicators

LETTERS: Horse racing's handicap, gun insurance, law and order, stolen yard signs

Letters to the Editor
 |  The Columbus Dispatch

Invoice would make it tough for harness racing to outlive

The Horseracing Integrity and Security Act, presently earlier than Congress, seeks to create nationwide, uniform anti-doping treatment and monitor security applications to assist stop the catastrophic breakdowns affecting Thoroughbred horses. Nonetheless, the invoice additionally contains Standardbred horses and leaves a gap for the breed to be regulated by the federal authorities, which isn’t obligatory.

It can drive small house owners out of an agricultural enterprise that considerably advantages Ohio.

Standardbreds are utilized in harness racing, a secure sport that very not often has catastrophic breakdowns like Thoroughbred racing has. Standardbreds are sturdier and race at a trot or tempo gait the place their weight is carried on two legs, versus Thoroughbreds that gallop and carry their 1,000-pound our bodies on one leg at a time. Standardbreds additionally race thrice as usually and have longer racing careers.

The proposed legislation would have a per-start-fee funding mechanism that’s unfair to harness racing due to the frequency of racing and longer careers. Standardbreds compete for considerably much less purse cash, which means horsemen might be hit laborious underneath the per-start price mannequin.

Congress wants to significantly take into accounts the variations between these two horse breeds and take away Standardbreds and harness racing from HISA.

Dan Leary, director of communications, U.S. Trotting Affiliation, Hilliard

Failing clear gun reform, everybody purchase insurance coverage

Regardless of the pandemic and all it entails, gun violence is once more within the information, this time police-related and at demonstrations. Earlier than, it was shootings at colleges, homes of worship, mass occasions, home and extra.

Every time there’s an upsurge of curiosity with a lot consideration to the sufferer(s) and the shooter and but surprisingly little on the impacted survivors and what occurs to them. These embrace a mother or father who loses a baby, or a baby who loses a mother or father, what occurs to those children, their medical issues (some long-term), misplaced alternatives and misplaced wages. All of that must be adopted up.

Assuming conservatively that every taking pictures dying comes with at the very least 10 whose lives have been impacted, for 2019 that involves 39,506 instances 10 folks. All of that comes at an enormous total financial value. A report from the Clifford Regulation Heart to Stop Gun Violence, which incorporates knowledge from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, estimates $219 billion for 2019. There are comparable figures from different sources.

Clearly, smart gun regulation is, sadly, not on the horizon. What we want is a change within the dialog: Everyone can buy gun insurance coverage — gun house owners and the remainder of us. The insurance coverage corporations will find yourself selling gun rules, which is able to scale back the present affect of the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation and its supporters.

The money funds will assist alleviate among the penalties to these impacted by these deaths. Who is aware of? Wise gun rules would possibly ensue.

Gideon Fraenkel, Columbus

Left, Democrats don’t ship armed gangs to Statehouse

The Oct. 1 letter “The left has been undermining Trump from the day he was elected” from Suzanne Purdy said that the left and Democrats rejected the desire of the voters in 2016. An earlier letter author asserted comparable views. That should be the newest providing from the Fox/Trump community.

The reality is the 2016 election outcomes have been accepted. President Barack Obama tried to offer applicable transition, and all of us hoped that Donald Trump would show higher than we feared.

“The left” and “the Democrats” didn’t encourage armed white supremacist thugs to “stand again and stand by.” They didn’t encourage armed gangs to current themselves at polling locations much like the best way armed protesters appeared on the Michigan Statehouse and at then-Ohio State Well being Director Amy Acton’s house.

Do the letter writers recommend we should always settle for this type of habits?

Agnes I. Martin, Jackson

My yard signal represents my proper to free speech

Yard indicators are costly, however that is not why I am writing. You hear quite a bit these days in regards to the Structure. Individuals defend the Second Modification, statues on public property, mangers at Christmas. In brief, their proper to precise themselves.

I do know that theft of yard indicators is basically simply a problem of civility. Nonetheless, I suggest it as a First Modification challenge. So long as my yard indicators are being taken, I haven’t got my First Modification proper to free speech. I can not specific my opinion by myself property. That is simply not proper from both aspect.

Carey Kozlowski, Bexley

Former Proper to Life official stood up for her ideas

I want to provide my thanks and admiration to Stephanie Ranade Krider, former government director of Ohio Proper to Life (Dispatch article, Saturday). She lastly got here to the conclusion that President Donald Trump just isn’t pro-life, given his positions on COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, immigration and the setting, in addition to many different points. To be really pro-life, we have to care for many who are already right here, not simply the unborn.

Nonetheless, I concern that some on the acute proper of the political spectrum will vilify and threaten her, simply as they did Dr. Amy Acton, who additionally tried to guard lives. To those two courageous girls: Hold in there. God is in your aspect.

Marie Kalinowski, Pataskala

Some take police as a right till they want safety

The suspect in Chase Meola’s taking pictures dying, Kinte Mitchell Jr., additionally had further felony prices. Earlier than this homicide cost, he was out on bail. Sentencing for these earlier prices was set for Oct. 22. Throughout that point, he was charged with killing Meola with a gun that was unlawful for him to have. What a shock!

It’s previous unlucky that Meola was killed. One other shock: Mum or dad teams and greater than 700 others are demanding further Columbus police patrols within the space. These folks notice the significance of the police, paradoxically after some Ohio State college students and college members referred to as for the slicing of ties between the Columbus police amid the racial justice protests.

Individuals ought to be grateful for the police. This example proves it.                                      

Brad Strominger, Etna

Evasive Supreme Court docket nominee does People a disservice

In a more healthy democracy, Amy Coney Barrett’s testimony would immediately disqualify her from consideration. Her responses have persistently revolved round this concept that she can not reply to hypothetical conditions or touch upon earlier authorized precedents. As a substitute, she should be neutral, deciphering the legislation as “the legislation of the American folks,” as if we’re all a monolith.

This can be a farce. College students in legislation faculty are skilled to know apply the legislation to hypothetical conditions of their first 12 months and to know judicial precedent. One struggles to imagine that is out of incompetence, however as a substitute out of a want to obscure her views. 

Hiding her views behind platitudes after we may have her on the courtroom for many years is deeply injurious to no matter legitimacy the courtroom has left. A couple of week after the election, Barrett may rule on a case coping with the Inexpensive Care Act. We collectively need to know what she’s going to do in that place.

Zeb Larson, Columbus

McConnell pushing nominee to forefront of crucial selections

Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell efficiently blocked President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court docket nomination in 2016, seven months earlier than the election, as a result of the “voters ought to resolve” in an election 12 months. This marked the primary time because the Civil Struggle {that a} nominee whose nomination had not been withdrawn didn’t obtain consideration. 

Now McConnell is fast-tracking President Donald Trump’s nomination whereas the election is in progress. However we’ll get a conservative justice who will overturn Roe vs Wade and the Inexpensive Care Act. I suppose the top justifies the means.  

Stuart Wilms, Westerville

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