Life in the Valley of Riches

I would like to give a big thank you to all the folks who donated their time and or money to pull off the community Thanksgiving dinner hosted by The Replay. The Replay staff worked hard and supplied food along with Trillium Bakery. As I watched Courtney Arts and Laura Mancuso from Illinois Valley Wellness Resources put this together, I was impressed with their hard work and dedication to the community.
Now that Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror we are heading into the grind of rapidly shorter days. This is hands down my least favorite time of year. Sure, Christmas does bring some light to the season but it’s still a grind for me. But we do have football and hockey season is in full swing so that’s a bonus.
I’d like to weigh in on Measure 114.
I grew up in the state of Illinois, and starting when I was 10, I had to have a Firearm Owner Identification Card known as a FOID card. Back then you needed a FOID to not only purchase a firearm, but to purchase and possess shotgun shells to go hunting.
That said, I am not too worried about the passing of 114, seriously, it’s not the end of the world, and there are far more pressing issues to be upset about.
The 10-round magazine limit is also a nothing burger. Before you get on your high-horse calling me a liberal and all kinds of bad words, let me tell you that I happen to own many firearms and one is an AR type firearm. I don’t have a 30-round magazine for any of my weapons, with no plans to change that anytime soon.
A larger magazine is purely for convenience when out plinking. It also comes in handy when you have plans to commit a mass shooting. Speaking for myself, I would rather reload every 10 shots, if it means a few lives may be saved down the line.
Thank you for picking up this week’s paper. Enjoy! ~ djm