Readers write: March 19

LEGISLATURE

If you’re pro-life, why pass laws that aren’t?

House Bill 990 would assist in stopping an expansion of Medicaid, which would deny 650,000 Georgia citizens the ability to have health care insurance. House Bill 707 would make it illegal for state employees to give people who pay their salaries information on the Affordable Care Act, which would, in turn, increase the number of Georgians uninsured. House Bill 875 would extend Georgia’s “stand your ground” law to include convicted felons. Since the passing of our current “stand your ground” law, justifiable homicides increased by 83 percent. On the one hand, Republicans want to deny Georgians access to health insurance. On the other, they want Georgians to go around shooting each other. I always thought Republicans were supposed to be pro-life.

MACK GRAHAM, DOUGLASVILLE

Adoration of guns is a religion unto itself

Jesus said it best: “If anyone is willing to do God’s will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from myself.” The General Assembly is contemplating House Bill 875 to allow possession of firearms in houses of worship. Some backers have made ludicrous statements — that if Jesus walked the earth today, he would carry a gun — despite the fact on separate occasions Jesus not only dissuaded the use of swords or weapons, but that he came to save life, not destroy it. If early Christians had used swords like today’s so-called Christians, how would martyrdom have occurred? Rhetoric of guns-at-all-cost zealots supports the notion that adoration of guns is a religion in itself. Their justification is not from God, but themselves.

VINNIE KELLY, LITHONIA

COMMENTARY

GOP can’t be as bad as Luckovich asserts

Mike Luckovich’s cartoon of March 14 (Opinion) is more obnoxious than usual. He gives Republicans no credit on any point. No one can be that bad all the time. As a Republican, I’m quite willing to throw the life preserver to help someone get back on dry ground. I’m against them wanting — and us giving — permanent use of the life preserver.

PEGGY ROBINSON, SNELLVILLE

JUSTICE

Looking for substance in DeKalb CEO case

When Dekalb County District Attorney Robert James first indicted DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, it was reported the trial might take place within two weeks. It appears the DA flubbed the indictment and needed to go before a grand jury and indict Ellis again. Let us hope the DA has something more substantive than Ellis getting angry at a contractor who failed to return his calls. It is time for the DA to make his case and reveal something more substantive than is reflected in the indictment.

SAL DEPASQUALE, ATLANTA