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Heroes hunting hogs
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In the late 70s, my family being retired military, lived in south Georgia. Being close to  the Ft. Stewart military reservation, I did much of my grocery shopping at the commissary.
I noticed, while on the base, the tanks were being repainted from a green camouflage to a tan camouflage. Of course by now most of those tanks are outdated, but you see the color of the war machinery was changing. There are powers-that-be who project to say the least.
Many Americans have chosen to interrupt some of the Constitution to suit their purpose and may not be able to read with understanding, or they find a  few word of the Constitution they can bend to their own purpose.
And many do, concerning the right to bear arms and where religion is concerned.
Now this is all becoming law, the misinterpreting the Constitution may have caused much of the public to over-react where both the right to bear arms and religious rights are concerned. They are thinking this is the law - and it is.
However, to put it bluntly, these new laws may not be a good thing.?I read a few months ago the Pentagon was supplying county sheriff departments with war weapons, tanks, SWAT gear, riot gear, etc. Why, I thought much of the public is well armed, and not with your grandpa’s squirrel or deer rifles. The Constitution, as construed by man, has condoned that right.
As I said, there are those who paid well to project. It is plain to see, the public s well-armed at this time in America. Most of us, and I say this hoping not to offend, but most would be so much better off, as would the public in general, had they stuck to their grandpa’s squirrel and deer rifles. Handguns are almost as available as pop guns. All this, in my opinion, has been a mistake. The misused words in the Constitution concerning the bearing of arms and religion.
Most likely all this misuse of the Constitution in the future could bring martial law down on us all in America.
You see, one cannot go up against the armory of the United States, no matter if it is your armory. It will just lead this country most probably to chaos and discord and misery if one should be foolish enough to try.
Many activists, while meaning well, are doing little but inciting to riot. There are those who are not. Too many are inciting to riot in most cases.
We can all pray for peace.

Nadine Hood Overstreet
Haleyville
All the pork and waste are devastating our economy. No polls indicate more than a modicum of support for these wasteful creatures. Yet, they continue ruining our economy and infrastructure with their over-the-top, extremist tactics, and the average voter in America has no clue what's going on. Of course, I'm talking about wild hogs...the real things, not those bureaucrats and politicians in Washington who are depressing our economy with rules, regulations, and taxes.
 Wild hogs share a lot of similarities with party-establishment elites and their cronies in Washington. They fear no opponents as they daily wreak havoc that feeds their totally self-absorbed natures. They absolutely devastate any area they take an interest in, trampling crops and pastures alike and threatening all natural flora and fauna within their reach. They procreate vociferously, sometimes doubling and tripling the size of their herds annually. They are literally out of control and are accountable to no one.
 American veterans are rising up against this menace with promises to control and limit the damage these hogs cause. That's good for all of us, and it's even better for our wounded heroes! Denny Daniels has created "Heroes Hunting Hogs" (HHH) not only to gain some control over the animals devastating our countryside, but also to offer another venue for wounded veterans to enjoy camaraderie with fellow veterans as a means of coping with trauma they've suffered from going to war.
 Daniels himself is a wounded hero, having received life-threatening injuries when his vehicle was struck by an IED in Iraq in April 2005. His driver, Jason, was nearly decapitated when a large piece of shrapnel sliced through and broke his neck. I had the privilege of hunting hogs with these and a few other men a couple of weeks ago. We killed a couple of hogs that night, one a 300-pound feral boar.
 The thrill of the hunt and fellowship with a group of like-minded men liberates hormones and juices that quicken men's spirits. Wounded heroes are often lonely, trying to cope with thoughts and feelings no one but another wounded hero can understand. Counselors with the best intentions sometimes fall short in meeting needs of those wounded in war.
 Daniels told me, "I was troubled after being wounded and going through the Army and VA systems for recovery and treatment. I found that many other veterans were very dissatisfied with the treatment they received. Talking to Army and VA counselors about some of the stresses of combat just didn't cut it. Many of the veterans I talked with had given up on getting that treatment. However, we found that talking among ourselves really helped. It was great to be able to talk with others that had 'been there and done that.' So, after retiring, I started looking for ways to facilitate getting veterans together to talk and the idea was born."
 Daniels is building HHH from the ground up with sponsors like Nivisys, Security Solutions, and GunsandThermals.com who have contributed use of more than $50,000 of scopes and other hunting equipment. He's also partnered with MidSouth Munitions where donors can purchase ammunition for HHH online.
Daniel Gardner
Starkville, Mississippi
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