Internet sales tax bill

violates Constitution

Regarding the May 7 story, "Internet sales tax bill OK'd by Senate":

This bill will require the consumer to pay sales tax on any article purchased through the Internet.

This violates the Constitution of the United States. The first article of the Constitution clearly states, in section 9, paragraph 5, that "No tax or duty shall be laid on articles exported from any state."

Our elected officials take an oath to uphold the Constitution. I now wonder if they have ever read it. It is quite obvious that our elected officials care more about big business than the people who put them in office.

Names of all those who vote on a bill that affects all the people should be published in the newspapers and included in television news broadcast. Then we would know how to cast our vote.

JACK HUGGINS

Hammonton

U.S. lacks capability

of responding to attack?

As a former recon Marine, it troubles me that - if you believe our leaders - our country no longer has special ops troops available to deploy on a moment's notice to hot spots throughout the world.

If it is true that no help was available when the Benghazi mission was attacked, the only answer is that we have a serious management problem in this administration.

Requests were sent out for more security long before the attack took place only to be denied. How stupid.

In a country that had just had a civil war and was being run by rebels, how could we not be ready for trouble - especially on the anniversary of 9/11. When the attack started, Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens sent out the message that they were under attack. The State Department has since said that there was not enough time to send help. Again, a stupid statement. How did they know how long the attack would last? It lasted seven hours. Plenty of time to send help. I'll bet if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or President Barack Obama were there, help would have been sent out at first notice.

Worse, the administration tried to cover up its inaction by lying for five days, saying the attack was a spontaneous demonstration caused by a film.

Harry Truman said, "The buck stops here." Well, in today's world, the buck is a counterfeit, just like our President.

EDWARD O'FLYNN SR.

Mays Landing

I know better now;

I've rejoined the NRA

In the early 1990s, I questioned my membership with the National Rifle Association. Relentless advocacy reporting by the mainstream media convinced me that assault weapons were evil. The world would be a better place if we could just get rid of these awful guns.

I listened to arguments full of emotion and devoid of facts. I cancelled my membership.

In subsequent years I have learned the following:

Any weapon is an assault weapon. Banning certain types of weapons has had no impact on crime statistics.

Gun homicides decreased 39 percent between 1993 and 2011, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

The Second Amendment is not about hunting or sport. Rights come from God, not from government. A natural and therefore inalienable right is that of self-protection from harm and tyranny.

Police show up after a crime has been committed and the assailant has fled.

Mass killers gravitate to gun-free zones. Would you put a sign on your house advertising it as a gun-free zone?

The only way to stop a person intent on killing is to be armed. Logical and emotional arguments tend to be ineffective during these types of situations.

Given the unprecedented expansion of government and the daily erosion of our rights, I am turning back to the one organization that has proven to be unwavering in protecting our hard-won liberties. Last week I became a NRA life member. I am now better aligned with other educated citizens who understand the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

As Benjamin Franklin said, "Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither."

HARRY ROGERS

Mays Landing

Does the tea party

pay its taxes?

Columnist George Will and tea party organizations are abashed that the IRS would examine them as they howl about paying taxes. Why is this surprising? The extreme right flaunts loaded guns and celebrates dead abortion doctors. They might also cheat on their taxes.

The right seeks to criminally profile anyone who has olive skin or is young and male while the tea party gets coddled like no other political group.

If they have nothing to hide, then why are they worried about IRS scrutiny?

JONATHAN STILLWELL

Greenbank

Budget, teacher cuts

hurt Middle Twp. students

We are very upset about the recent budget cuts by the Middle Township Board of Education. We find it unacceptable that they have cut 12 teaching positions and lowered the standards of our children's education.

At the middle school, two teachers who made up the entire world language department were cut, eliminating any possibility for students to take introductory Spanish and French. The world language academic program that enabled students to matriculate into advanced placement French or Spanish by senior year was also cut.

This region is dependent on tourism from all over the world. Our French Canadian neighbors frequent the area every summer. Many residents work in the tourism industry. Communication skills are a key factor in our children's future employment.

These cuts perpetuate the stigma that South Jersey's schools have the lowest standards in the state.

The second area of absurdity was the elimination of the substance abuse counselor. Our state - and Cape May County in particular - are experiencing an unprecedented epidemic of drug abuse. We need this position now more than ever.

As taxpayers, we deserve to know why so much money is being allocated to administrative salaries and costs while our teachers' salaries, which directly impact our children's educations, are being cut each year. We certainly know the money isn't being spent on classroom supplies.

MELANIE TIRELLO

PHYLLIS VASALLI

Social Justice Committee

of Cape May County

Wildwood Crest

If Obamacare is so great,

why the hard sell?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. Fast forward to May 2013, and Obama is still travelling around the country trying to sell Obamacare.

Beginning this summer, insurers, states and the federal government will spend huge amounts of money promoting Obamacare.

If this is such a wonderful health care bill for all Americans, why does so much have to be spent trying to convince people how great it is ?

DAVID M. LEVIN

Vineland