Readers respond to churches taking over retail spaces; sheriff's who won't enforce I-1639

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It is very uplifting to see religion and spirituality spread to empty storefronts, malls and a former Hooters location ("In Mysterious Ways," 2/7/19). Also, I hadn't realized millennials were not interested in boobs. Either way Jesus wins! The final score is Jesus won and boobs zero.

Jake Houbrick
Liberty Lake, Wash.


I must admit, I'm a little bit confused. Why does law enforcement get to pick and choose what they enforce? Does that mean that I can decline a speeding ticket because I believe it's unconstitutional? If sheriffs or anyone has a problem with I-1639, they don't have the right to just say, "I don't like it so I won't abide by it." If they think it's unconstitutional, they should make their stance known, but they have no right to not enforce what the people of the state passed. If it's really unconstitutional, then the courts will figure it out. Honestly, I think these people need to actually read the Constitution. Most have no idea what it actually says and the ones who do don't know how to take into account that the Founding Fathers lived over 200 years ago. I even frequently run into people that think the Bill of Rights and the first 10 amendments are two different things. Is that why conservatives can be so anti-education? Afraid someone might learn something?

I keep hearing on the TV news that it wasn't voted for in Spokane County, so we don't have to apply it. Does that mean that we can get rid of Cathy McMorris-Rodgers? I certainly didn't vote for her and I never would. If people don't like Eastern Washington being in the state, they should move to Idaho.

Yes, that is correct. I'm a liberal and I own guns. It's just conservative spin that says all liberals hate guns. That's total BS.

I don't pretend to know the particulars of I-1639, but I know I support one part of it fully: Extended, in-depth background checks with at least a 14 day waiting period need to be nationwide. We need a national database set up just for this reason. The info is already mostly there, but nobody wants to take the time to put it together.

It's time for the sheriffs of Washington to either enforce what the people voted for or find another job. Let the courts figure it out.

I'm fully sick and tired of the misleading conservative spin.

Jeff Gander
Colbert, Wash.