Democrats chose not to reform immigration

Over the years the Democratic Party has blamed the opposition for everything that is wrong with this country. But who, exactly, passes the laws?

In the last 100 years, the Democrats have controlled the House of Representatives for 63 years compared to the Republicans 37 years. They had a similar advantage in control of the U.S. Senate. They had the White House and control of both sides of Congress for about half the time.

The party in power writes the laws. The Democrats could have written a better immigration law between 2008 and 2010 when they controlled the House, the Senate and the White House. It is easy for them to preach that they were blocked by the opposition, but they had the majority. And they lost it.

Frank Priolo


Gun safety is paramount

The mass shootings have become an epidemic, and voters must hold their elected officials responsible for their votes against common-sense gun safety laws. Despite right-wing disinformation, the Democratic Party does not want to repeal the Second Amendment. Rather, reasonable restrictions on owning and operating firearms can be enacted while preserving the right to self-defense and the rights of hunters and hobbyists. In the same way, laws against yelling “fire” in a crowded theater are not a threat to the First Amendment.

Common-sense restrictions and much-needed improvements to the background check system have been stalled or voted down in Congress. These proposals have been bipartisan and have had overwhelming public support. The lobbyists of the National Rifle Association are the main reason these bills have failed.

Curbing gun violence will be a constant struggle, but as an active voter, I will start by holding my elected officials accountable for their votes against gun safety reform. Presumptive candidates must also be held responsible for their stances. But there is one candidate who must clarify his position.

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew has previously received an ‘A’ rating from the National Rifle Association. He has voted, against his party, for bills the NRA favors and against restrictions that they oppose. Since declaring his candidacy for the Second District congressional seat, he has yet to declare his stance on these popular and desperately needed reforms. I am waiting to hear it.

Judy Landau