Portman’s gun vote disappoints


I am disappointed that U.S. Sen. Rob Portman voted against the background-check amendment to gun-control reform (“Sen. Portman’s play,” editorial, April 17).

He chose to ignore the wishes of more than 80 percent of Americans. This was audacious on his part, and reflects an uncaring disregard for the wishes of the people he represents.

My wish is for a representative who will stand up for honor and righteousness, not for phony political positions that promise continued support by gun lobbies.


Monclova Township


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Portman’s vote was shameful

I am more than disappointed with Sen. Portman’s vote to block a basic gun bill that would require background checks — I am ashamed of him.

I’d have thought that after his courage in speaking in defense of his son and for same-sex marriage, he would demonstrate the strength to go against far-right pressure and vote for the will of the majority of Americans.

It is a shameful blight on our country that the money the National Rifle Association can use to control our members of Congress outweighs the will of the people and the lives of us all.


Springfield Township


Portman among cowardly politicos

A person not only has a right to protect his family, his home, and himself, but also a duty to do these things. That said, who could be against stronger background checks? It appears our own Senator Portman is against them.




Lawmakers need to mind voters

People who are elected to Congress are elated upon winning, but when it comes to doing something for voters, some of them think about only themselves.

When the re-election cycle comes around, they tell voters about all the wonderful things that they are going to promote for the public’s benefit.

Congress should have term limits, a tiered salary scale, medical benefits in line with the private sector, and the elimination of limousine and air travel perks.

Maybe if lawmakers had a few rude awakenings, they might get something meaningful accomplished. And if they don’t, voters can always change that in the next election.


Commonwealth Avenue


Gun would’ve given piece of mind

If I were in Watertown, Mass., recently, I would have been happier behind my locked door with a gun in my hand (“2nd Boston bombing suspect caught alive; City rejoices after chase, lockdown,” April 20).


Monclova Township