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Supreme Court and politics | Letters to the editor, Nov. 7, 2018

In this Sept. 27 photo, then Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. He was ultimately confirmed by the Senate and sworn in to the High Court.
In this Sept. 27 photo, then Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. He was ultimately confirmed by the Senate and sworn in to the High Court. AP

Democrats are sad to lose court

I could not disagree more with Ed Miller and the recent opinion piece he wrote that was published in The Bee . I am elated that Brett Kavanaugh is a Supreme Court judge. He was the most qualified person available for the job and I am grateful that the Senate Judiciary Committee got past all the drama during his confirmation hearings and put him on the bench.

The real reason that liberals are up in arms about his confirmation is that they can no longer count on the judiciary to push their agenda through the court system. All the federal district courts that decide cases based on politics and not on the Constitution will now have to answer to the Supreme Court and the conservative majority that will be in place for decades to come. This will force the Democrats to be more partisan when it comes to legislation in Congress because this will be their only option to get meaningful laws on the books.

The Democratic party will never accept Judge Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice because he, more than anything, represents the missed opportunities to swing their agenda to the far left after the failed 2016 elections.

Greg Irby, Hanford

More help for young offenders

A telltale sign of a serial killer is petty crimes; crimes including substance abuse, arson, animal cruelty, etc. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 439 on Sept. 30, which limits the prosecution of minors. This means children under the age of 16 can no longer be tried as adults, and children 12 or younger cannot be prosecuted in juvenile court unless they commit crimes like murder or rape.

If children 12 or younger commit crimes and are caught they are to be returned to their parent or guardian. This means if children are showing signs of possible psychopathic tendencies, like arson, they will not be put in juvie or be punished in the same way adults would be punished for the same severe crime.

This bill has its advantages (for example, trying to teach children instead of just throwing them in a cell) but it also has its disadvantages. Instead of not punishing children under the age of 12 for crimes that don't fall under murder or rape, we should put them in juvie and monitor their mental health to prevent the harm they could possibly do in the future, like becoming a serial killer.

Katrina Taylor, Fresno

Eighteen-year-olds have gun rights

I am concerned about a law that changes the age requirement to buy long guns from 18 to 21. I understand that it’s to protect the community from public shootings, but an 18 year old can always take a gun from their parents. If an 18 year old is able to vote and join the military then they are old enough to purchase a long gun.

Eighteen year olds can also hold a hunting license. Why can’t they purchase a long gun? It doesn’t prevent anything but law-abiding citizens from exercising their constitutional rights. Maybe include training and classes on gun safety and precautions to those under the age of 21.

If they look/seem like they are going to use the gun wrong, then look into that person and their home life. I suggest more security and more monitoring of those of interest. Teach students how to spot a potential shooter .

Hannah Wu, Fresno

Saudis were gracious, giving

To all the people who think Arab Muslims are cruel: My and my wife’s experience says otherwise. We lived and worked as radiology and respiratory therapy techs in Khamis Mushayt (Thursday market) and in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from 1978-1984. Mutual respect to the Saudis and their respect to us as American Christians was always a given. Two of many incidents come to mind:

▪ returning from the Red Sea, we had car troubl. Within two minutes of pulling off the road, we had many cars pulling off the road to help us.

▪ An American couple with a young boy in about three feet of water in the Red Sea. The boy was attacked by a reef shark; his arm was terribly striped of muscle and tissue. This was spotted by a Saudi man who immediately jumped in the water to fend off the shark. He then took the boy and parents to a hospital dispensary nearby. He paid for all the expenses and refused compensation.

I learned the Muslim religion believes Jesus to be a great prophet, falling short of being the Son of God. I remember the Loma Linda heart team praying before lunch each day in the cafeteria without harassment and with respect.

Myself and the Palestinian techs often compared our religious beliefs. The Saudi justice system — to cut off hands for stealing, death to rapists and murderers — is harsh, but it sure kept those crimes to a minimum.

James Rodgerson, Clovis