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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Mortgage rules to tighten” (Jan. 10):

Too little, too late; Congress ignored Bush warnings on risk

I see where mortgage requirements have been tightened. It’s a little late; the hen house is empty.

Democrats like to blame George W. Bush for the mortgage crisis that plunged us into the worst recession since 1932. Factually, Bush and members of his administration requested more oversight for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from the Democratic-controlled House and Senate 17 times!

I can still clearly see Barney Frank on TV in 2005 saying that his committee saw no financial problem with these two government-owned companies.

Put the blame on the doorstep where it belongs.

Jim Bennett

Tega Cay, S.C.


Focus in gun debate misguided; strengthen mental health laws

Ninety-eight percent of the talk about gun control is about “assault weapons” and high capacity magazines. Yet according to the Congressional Research Service, less than 2 percent of crimes involve assault weapons.

A 2011 University of California study, along with others, showed that states with stronger mental health civil commitment laws and mental health services had a third fewer homicides.

The shootings in Sandy Hook, Aurora, Colo., Tucson, Ariz. and at Virginia Tech were committed by persons known to have mental health issues.

So why are we focused on the 2 percent while there is a clear path to a 30 percent reduction in homicides? Substance is being sacrificed to populist politics, showmanship and political gain.

Dan Moseley

Concord

Voluntary weapons surrender programs could prove beneficial

I agree that outlawing weapons might not be a solution to the mass-shootings because many of those responsible for these shootings would have no qualms procuring firearms illegally.

However I believe the voluntary weapon return programs some states have put in place will help decrease the number of homicides and mass shootings.

Matthew Janson

Charlotte

In response to “Apply NRA logic to U.S. Capitol, see how much sense it makes” (Jan. 9 Forum):

We protect lawmakers, so don’t leave rest of us defenseless

Congress is not a “gun-free zone.” Forum writer John Purifoy failed to mention the United States Capitol Police, “the primary agency for protecting lawmakers,” according to the New York Times.

Maybe we should treat Congress like we treat public schools and do away with armed guards. Same for the White House, Supreme Court, and the school President Obama’s daughters attend – by disarming the Secret Service agents.

But I suppose our elites deserve armed protection while regular folks and their children are left defenseless?

Kris A. Wampler

Charlotte


President Obama’s choice to lead Pentagon a good one

What could be wrong with “giving peace a chance,” as the Beatles song says?

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination to lead the Department of Defense will provide alternatives to going to war, the ultimate sacrifice of lives.

This kind of change is desperately needed in our nation.

Lorraine Stark

Matthews


First, let’s try means testing on salaries of those in Congress

Congress expects us to sacrifice, yet where is their sacrifice?

Since there is much discussion on means testing entitlement programs, why don’t we first institute means testing for congressional salaries?

For example, John Kerry is worth over $400 million; why does he need a salary?

Members of Congress are there to serve their country. Multimillionaires can purchase their own health care, like those of us already making sacrifices.

All the politicians who extol “paying your fair share” can now practice what they preach!

Kirit Chokshi

Charlotte


This student says classroom

no place for video games

The writer is a Randolph Middle School student.

I play most of the video games mentioned in “Assignment: Video games,” (Jan. 7). However, I consider them entertainment.

Many children concentrate on the game aspect of this teaching method and do not pay enough attention to the learning aspect.

Plus, not every aspect of education should be made “fun.” When you are employed as an adult, jobs are not going to always be “fun.”

Gamifying education does not prepare children for the real world.

Video games are fine as entertainment, but should not be mixed with education.

Zachary Osmond

Charlotte


No need to apologize for comments about QB’s girlfriend

Seeing Katherine Webb interviewed on TV, it’s evident she is not only very attractive but very intelligent – much more intelligent than those at ESPN who felt it necessary to issue an apology for Brent Musburger’s comments about her beauty.

Musburger’s comments not only livened an otherwise uninteresting game, but were genuinely lighthearted and respectful, as affirmed by Katherine during her TV interview.

It’s too bad that so many feel they have to succumb to the pressures of being politically correct when pressured by the assault of the masses in today’s world of instant communication.

Mike Parker

Statesville

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