Most every day, I read letters from people who, like me, are incensed by the fact that politicians are bullied by the National Rifle Association or just plain refuse to debate the background check issue, while more and more people get murdered.

I agree that criminals will get guns any way they can; that is what criminals do. They don’t care about laws.

But surely, elected officials in this country should care about tightening laws that put killing devices in the hands of even law-abiding citizens.

Why not do checks? Is it because the NRA doesn’t want to inconvenience its vast membership?

Since when is an organization like the NRA more powerful than Congress? Since when can it flash its wad of cash and do exactly as it pleases?

Officials who accept those gun dollars should be put on a list and that list shown to every voter right before politicians come up for re-election.

I am not an NRA member, but I don’t begrudge those who are or my friends who own guns for hunting and sport shooting.

I am a concerned citizen who, like others, wants to see something done to make it more difficult to buy killing weapons and rid Congress of those who fill their pockets with what they consider more important — money.

Joe Cheslock

Cuyahoga Falls

Many benefits ?of meditation

I have to applaud Richard Weiner and the nine cofounding members for the new meditation center in Cuyahoga Falls. I was very interested to read about this (“Meditation center gets more space with move,” April 8). Meditation has numerous benefits for its practitioners. It can reduce anxiety, contributing to cardiovascular health.

Practicing meditative techniques can also help to build one’s skills to manage emotions, possibly reducing the need for painkillers, and help citizens to be more productive. Don’t we all want to live in a community where people are leading happy, productive lives?

I was thrilled to read that Weiner has had his meditation center open to the public since 2009 and that he also has a branch in Canton.

The center has free classes twice a week at each location and will have child-care arrangements at the new center in Cuyahoga Falls.

I love that Weiner is teaching such a healthy skill to the people of our community. It is a skill that the public can continue at home, inexpensively and without the need for equipment.

Sierra D. Baker

Kent

Against all ?religious values

It is unfortunate that when I first heard about the Boston bombings, instead of thinking, “Oh God, please have mercy on the victims and their families,” I thought, “Oh God, please do not let the perpetrators be Muslim.” When I heard the perpetrators were from Chechnya, I made another mistake: I sighed with relief thinking that they definitely weren’t Muslims.

It turns out they were Muslims, but only by name. I say this because I know the Quran tells me that “whosoever kills a person, it shall be as if he had killed all of mankind.”

I know that the religion I follow does call for jihad, which is a holy internal struggle against evil. What those cowards did is anything but jihad. My sigh of relief was justified; these terrorists do not deserve to be associated with any religion.

Sohaib Awan

Pickerington