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Thank you, AAUW book sale participants

The Racine AAUW recently completed another successful Used Book Sale. AAUW has been doing these sales for more than 30 years, and they continue to grow and serve more and more Racine people. We estimate that during this sale, about 25,000 books went out our doors to find new homes.

We say thanks to all our generous donors for all their great books and related materials (CDs, puzzles, games, etc.). We hold sales twice a year at our site below the West Racine CVS, and our next (fall) sale will be during the first two weekends in November. Donations for the sale may be made at any time in the lower lobby at the foot of the stairs, or take the elevator.

Joyce Gregg

AAUW Book Sale Committee chair

Mount Pleasant

Right to ‘bear arms’ in modern society

The Second Amendment, passed by Congress in 1789, entitled “Bearing Arms” reads: “A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”

The “arms” used back then were muskets, rifles that were initially single-shot, muzzle-loading weapons that required hammering projectiles with a ramrod and mallet into the bore of the barrel, and usually handled by two persons fired from a portable rest.

The framers couldn’t envision the “progress” we have made in our modern weaponry. The downside to progress is the use of the modern military equipment like the semi-automatic rifle and high capacity magazines by a small number of civilians who choose to hunt and kill adults and children in a cruel sacrificial fashion with no remorse.

It bears repeating that many of us do not wish to burden law-abiding sportsmen and antique gun collectors with unnecessary regulations.

But establishing and maintaining a national fighting force is one of the responsibilities the framers gave to Congress. The problem is that the framers’ use of the word militia today often refers to a civilian military force that engages in rebel or terrorist activities in opposition to the regular Army.

I remain committed to asking Congress to:

  • Provide resources for state-of-the art technological improvements to strengthen law enforcement’s capabilities for tracking and closing background check loopholes.
  • Ban the civilian purchase of military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

Sharon Locke

Racine

Thank you, plant sale participants

On behalf of the Potpourri Garden Club, I would like to thank the more than 500 gardeners who supported our annual perennial plant sale on May 18.

Proceeds from the sale enable us to provide the material needed to plant and maintain our beds at the Real Racine Visitor Center and the Racine Zoological Gardens, as well as fund scholarships to Gateway Technical College and gardening projects throughout Racine County.

Through the years, we have distributed more than $130,000 in grants and scholarships.

Thank you to the greater Racine community for your support, Dave Blank and the people at Real Racine for their grant, and the owner of Piggly Wiggly on Erie Street for providing boxes.

Marilyn Matelski

Potpourri Garden Club president

Mount Pleasant

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