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August 30, 2013

KELLY: What do you think X?

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The idea that our Congress should pass some unenforceable law to make 11 million illegals into citizens in 10 years is a joke. The present law should just be enforced. It can be done and perhaps that Arizona sheriff should be put in charge of doing it. What do you think?

Stand your ground

Ever since the Zimmerman acquittal on the basis of self defense, the some have been using that acquittal to stir up trouble in the USA. This extends all the way to Washington, D.C., where our president and attorney general have joined in the debate; of course on the wrong side of the debate.

Leaving the Zimmerman case aside, why should any individual be denied the right to defend his or her self with deadly force? It should not be necessary to be beat up and be half dead before you can justify using deadly force. Jesse Jackson should be preaching to the law breaking blacks and whites and to his own family instead of just to blacks, Hispanics and Asians. I think the principle of the Florida-type law is a good one to enable we law abiding citizens to defend ourselves without the possibility or fear of some district attorney bringing some alleged charge against us. What do you think?

Quarterback Johnny Manziel

Here we go with that amateur-professional squabble again. Manziel’s amateur standing was questioned because he allegedly accepted money for signing memorabilia in violation of the rules of the NCAA. The NCAA ruled he didn’t accept money, but signed items he knew were going to be sold. For that was suspended for the first half of A&M’s season opener against Rice.

I have not read the rule Manziel was supposed to have violated, but I fail to see the connection between signing a football and playing football. Playing football is obviously playing a sport while signing a football for money would be just like making money at some summer job.

I think the NCAA is being entirely too restrictive in having a rule such as this one. I personally would not pay any athlete, amateur or professional, for their autograph, but I see no reason why a popular athlete should be denied the right to do so and still maintain his or her amateur standing. What do you think?

William J. Kelly is a Weatherford resident and regular contributor to Viewpoints.

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