Fed up with high prices

To the Journal editor:

Why is the price of gas in Marquette so high? On 2/9 the price of gas in Escanaba was $2.29 and Marquette is $2.72. Why? Marquette is losing stores. There aren’t many stores left to buy clothes. Marquette needs some clothing stores and sporting goods stores. It pays to drive to Escanaba, Iron Mountain or Green Bay to shop. Why does everything in Marquette have to be so high? Let’s be competitive.

RONALD SMITH

Marquette

Regulate our firearms

To the Journal editor:

With the tragic events of yet another school shooting, once again shaming us on the world stage, I am worried about my Second Amendment rights. My representatives in government — Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow and Representative Jack Bergman — have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution, and I ask that them take the courage to do this in the onslaught of passionate debate. My Second Amendment rights are under threat, and I must ask that they please focus their attention to the upholding my right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, which is under threat from an erosion of the Second Amendment.

With this in mind, I respectfully ask that my elected officials also fight with all their heart to ensure that the right to bear arms is “well-regulated”, as the Bill of Rights states they must be. Allowing guns to be purchased with no Federal laws to ensure the safety of the public is a dereliction of duty on the party of the government, and we must do more to ensure that all of the Second Amendment is upheld, and firearms are well-regulated. Will Michigan’s congressional delegation commit to standing up for the Constitution?

I know for many, because they are beholden to the NRA through sponsorship donations, this is a difficult thing, but these representatives must remember who they work for, and who they represent. Stand up, do the right thing, and tell the NRA that their voice has been heard, but their opinions have been found to be out of alignment with the Constitutional rights of Americans, who overwhelmingly demand the Second Amendment be upheld.

Don’t allow the brash narrative of lobbyists to stomp on our Constitution. Congress should stand up for our rights and demand well-regulated firearms on behalf of all Americans.

VINCENT JEEVAR

Marquette