Permit holders allowed to carry firearms on Metro Re: "Metro: Teen toting guns stopped before entering Metro station," Jan. 28

Thanks go to Franconia/Springfield Metro station managers Antonio Kornegay and Kevin McCormick for stopping a teen who was carrying a firearm illegally.

By the same token, these managers should be reminded that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority respects laws of the different jurisdictions. According to WMATA's "Frequently Asked Questions" page, the system does not outright prohibit firearms.

Because open carry without a permit and concealed carry with a permit are allowed in Virginia, WMATA managers and agents should be aware that there may be customers who are legally permitted to have a handgun within the system, so long as they do not cross into the more restrictive jurisdictions of Maryland and D.C.

Michael Soh


Social Security is going broke for one reason

It's no wonder the Social Security Trust Fund will go broke by 2037 if you take the money to pay for unfunded wars that have been going on for the past 10 years instead of using federal taxes. Not to mention unfunded tax cuts for the rich.

It does not matter how much the government raises the age to collect Social Security benefits or raises the payroll tax. When a fund is used for anything other than for what it was intended, it will always go broke.

Jack Donner


Bible acknowledges personhood before birth

Re: "Bible, Supreme Court agree on abortion," from readers, Jan. 23

Brendan O'Casey, of Aspen Hill, wrote that "Biblical scholars are generally agreed that the Bible defines human personhood as beginning at birth." I wonder what biblical scholars he means.

Psalm 139:16 is very clear: "Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them."

And what about Jeremiah 1:5: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you." How could God consecrate a nonperson?

Human beings are persons before they are born, known by God, created by God, and fearfully and wonderfully made.

Carol Mills