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The Watertown Times article on March 27 concerning the spending of $27.7 million on a state gun ownership database got me thinking. The only reason I see a need for this is if they decide to confiscate our guns. The politicians don’t trust local police to do this, so they need an organization like Homeland Security to do it. With a new requirement to have liability insurance on our guns, $500 bounties for turning in people who have what are now illegal weapons, Homeland Security buying all the ammunition for the next two years and a new U.N. treaty that regulates arms ownership, all I can say is beware America, something bad is coming.

The Times had an article on Clifton-Fine school district. The yearly cost of educating our 300 students is $8 million. That’s $26,000 per student. Knowing all school districts are having money problems, I thought maybe the $27.7 million being spent on the gun database could be better spent on education, but there’s a new education program endorsed by president Obama, Jeb Bush, etc., and being funded by the Bill Gates foundation and General Electric called “Common Core” that’s supposed to reduce costs and increase quality of education.

I Googled “Common Core” to research it and couldn’t come to any conclusion about the quality of this program, but because the courses appear to be all done by communication over computers and there are home-based programs, the need for teachers greatly decreases. I don’t necessarily agree with the critics who believe this program is indoctrinating our children into an industrial workers mind-set, but I wasn’t impressed by the curriculum. I also couldn’t tell what part, if any, parents play in this program. Well I guess when you have an expensive education system with only Third World quality (80 percent of New York City high school grads can’t read, etc.), you have to do something. I no longer have kids in school so as long as my taxes go down, I’m OK with this program, but if I did have kids in school, I would investigate further.

One last thought, maybe it’s not the Second Amendment the politicians are concerned about weakening but the First Amendment. In today’s world, how can we maintain our freedom without weapons?

Ronald Blackmon

Star Lake

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