Advances in technology

are leaving many behind

"Decoupling" was a term used a few years ago to refer to the predicted economic recovery of the developing countries ahead of the United States, which never happened.

Instead, the decoupling that is taking place is the decoupling of the technological elite and the holders of wealth in every country from the rest of the population who, for various reasons, are no longer able to keep up with the ever-increasing pace of change.

DON GIBBONS

Manahawkin

Citizens helped police

catch Boston terrorists

I hope all the people who live in and work in Atlantic City watched the events that unfolded in the Boston area after the bombings. The police and FBI received such great help from citizens that those killers could not escape. And what a pleasure it was to see the crowds cheering the police for a job well done. Those are the kind of things that make me proud to be an American.

WILLIAM WEBER

Mays Landing

Let Obama critic try

to do president's job

Regarding the April 20 letter, "Can Obama be trusted on Boston bombing?": I would like to remind the letter writer that in less than four years, there will be another presidential election. I hope he might consider being a candidate for a chance at becoming the new president. And then let's see what kind of a job he would do.

LEON MAZZEO

Margate

Second Amendment

allows some regulation

Regarding the April 18 letter, "NRA has the expertise to advise lawmakers":

The National Rifle Association is nothing more than a special-interest group that only cares about its own agenda. Its "expertise" is in buying, pressuring and bullying members of Congress to vote in line with the NRA's agenda, whether or not that agenda is good for the country as a whole.

One of the most glaring examples of the NRA's misuse of its pressure tactics is the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, which was pushed through the House of Representatives with its backing. That bill would allow people who have a permit to carry a concealed weapon in one state to use that permit to carry their concealed weapon in all other states, regardless of how weak the requirements of the issuing state were. Fortunately, so far the NRA has failed to coerce enough members of the Senate to vote for that bill.

The NRA's power and influence over a significant segment of Congress illustrates another reality. Many members of Congress place the good of the country behind their main priorities of getting re-elected, obtaining contributions from special-interest groups and doing favors for friends and campaign contributors.

The letter writer closed by offering to give readers a lesson on the Second Amendment. He focused on "the right of the people to keep and bear arms." In today's world, the rocket-propelled grenade is one of those "arms." Do the writer or the NRA suggest that the government of this country is powerless under the Second Amendment to stop private citizens from bearing RPGs?

Some regulation of "arms" is clearly legal under the Second Amendment. To say that any and all laws that would regulate firearms in some manner will violate the Second Amendment is simply wrong, as well as dangerous. In my opinion, it is the NRA and many of its supporters who need to take lessons on what the Second Amendment really was and was not designed to protect.

JAY HUNDERTMARK

Egg Harbor Township

A Muslim terrorist

in a Jewish hospital?

Somebody in Boston has a sense of humor, putting a Muslim terrorist in a Jewish hospital - Beth Israel Deaconess. Hopefully, he will convert to Judaism and drive his comrades nuts.

FRANK ZURLO

Barnegat Light

Romney aide's column

disingenuous on Asians

Regarding the April 23 column by Lanhee Chen, "Republicans can win Asian voters":

As the footnote to the column mentioned, Chen was the policy director of Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign and is a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

He says Republicans stand for "enhancing opportunity," as if Democrats have something else in mind.

He also speaks of Republicans and Asian Americans as isolated entities, saying Asian Americans are finding "less and less appeal in the Republican Party."

He fails to recognize that many Asian Americans are fully assimilated and have the same aspirations as everyone else in the nation.

Chen also criticizes the direction his party is taking while eschewing his responsibility as Romney's policy director. He then describes what the Republican Party should do, which sounds like the direction in which Democrats are headed.

Democrats address the needs of the people, whereas Republicans expect the public to comply with their rhetoric.

Republicans believe low corporate taxes translate into more money in their campaign coffers.

But the public resents that scenario, and the only thing cutting taxes accomplishes is to increase the federal deficit.

There is no other side to that equation. I guess they do not teach that at Stanford.

HOWARD ROSENFELD

Margate