Letters – Orange County Register

Regarding “Orange discloses its military cache” (June 2): OCR op-ed, June 2, 2022

Your editorial blames the Orange City Police Department for failing to respond to a public registration request asking them to disclose their possession of military-style weapons. In a 2018 NIH study, the findings reported: “Assault weapons and other large-capacity semi-automatics together typically account for 22-36% of criminal firearms, with some estimates as high as 40% for cases of serious violence, including killings of police officers. I am grateful that our Orange police have the weapons to defend themselves and protect the citizens of Orange. I’d rather Orange Police have these AR-15s than criminals. Was AB4 81, the bill requiring California cities to disclose military-style weapons adopted by Democrats as part of their “police movement funding?” I haven’t heard of gangs or mobs leaking inventory of their arsenals.

—Olivier Watson, Orange

California should invest in eliminating drug use that does not allow its use

Regarding “California bid to establish legal drug injection sites progressing” (June 2):

Why is the mass of money needed to develop, implement and manage illicit drug use not being used to advocate ‘do not use drugs?’ These programs seem to empower drug users rather than deter them. Using or continuing to use drugs is, for the most part, an arbitrary decision made with knowledge of the consequences.

Everyone talks about the drug epidemic, but all we seem to be doing is putting effort and money into making drug use easier rather than harder. Where is the motivation to quit? Why not put effort and money into getting them to stop using rather than providing and supporting drug use sites? We are going in the wrong direction.

—Scott Irwin, Fullerton

Wild Rivers Water Park, Irvine

Wow, front page story (June 1) about the opening of a gigantic new water park.

Question. Will it be open before or after the state imposes water restrictions on all of us? What hypocrisy of our local politicians to allow this park to be built and lose thousands of gallons of water to evaporation every day, while we are in endless water scarcity (they say). Rather than allowing this monstrosity that uses huge amounts of water and electricity, why isn’t the state doing anything to actually improve the situation? What has the state actually done in the past 20 years to help with our perpetual drought and power shortages, blackouts, etc.?

—Glenn Kovanda, Rossmoor

The student loan fiasco

Re “Debt canceled for former Corinthian students” (June 2):

Almost everyone has made bad decisions in life that cost them money or other negative consequences. We are responsible for our choices and we hope to learn from them; we survive. The twist on the college loan repayment is that there was a trick and/or illegality involved, so what? Scam attempts are part of everyday life, and no one gets taxpayer money to pay them back, not one. What a mockery of using our money, which we so badly need in other obvious areas right now, for this.

It was never put to a vote, but 100% of the relief will be paid for out of our pockets.

—Eric Stratton, Newport Beach

Second Amendment

John Seiler’s June 1 article on the Second Amendment is admirable, but he omitted the essential reason why it is in the Bill of Rights. The first eight amendments deal specifically with the abuses that American colonists personally suffered under what the Declaration of Independence called the tyranny of George III.

The Founding Fathers were well aware of how the rebellion began with George III’s troops marching to Lexington and Concord to remove arms from peaceful settlers.

Today we have politicians who are basically saying, yes, we are going to take your guns away, and it is precisely to these politicians that the Second Amendment protections were and are needed.

—Gregory F. Wirzbicki, Yorba Linda