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In response to “Defining ‘assault weapons’ is difficult” (Jan. 20 The Big Picture):

Try this: The more lethal

the gun the higher the tax

A first step towards control could be a tax on all guns and ammunition. Set the rate on guns proportionate to the maximum rate of fire as tested by experienced marksmen.

Magazines should have a rapidly escalating tax depending on capacity. Then tax every bullet based on its lethality.

This tax gets around any problem with the definition of an assault weapon with no constitutional or privacy issues. And what legislator or lobby could object to a dedicated funding source for law protection?

William C. Barnes

Charlotte

In response to “New N.C. gun laws unlikely” (Jan. 21):

Glad to see N.C. won’t follow D.C. lead on gun control

It was interesting to read that North Carolina may not follow Washington’s regulations but go a different path toward prevention and gun controls.

Bravo to N.C. leaders. Gun control is a big bag of worms that cannot be accomplished in 30 days; that’s foolish thinking.

I carry, but agree something needs to be done. Letting the government set up gun controls is scary. Remember Fast and Furious?

Meetings need to be held with common folks and not just the bigwigs of companies.

Alan Boles

Concord


In response to “Makeshift communities are the last refuge for some in S.C. with no home” (Jan. 21):

We must find ways to help vets like homeless Fort Mill man

Thank you for reprinting the story about the makeshift communities in Fort Mill.

I know people are suffering and feeling the effects of the economy, but I’m sure we can all give some help to these people – especially the vet who cannot even afford to get his birth certificate. He served in our armed forces and it’s a shame that he is apparently not being helped by our government.

We give to foreign lands and other charities, why can’t we help our own?

Rita Moore

Weddington

In response to “Rick Hendrick buys first 2014 C7 Corvette for $1.05M” (Jan. 21):

Juxtaposition of stories about homeless, Rick’s Corvette a jolt

Maybe Rick Hendrick could donate a million to start a building fund for a homeless shelter in the Fort Mill area?

I shake my head when I see headlines about things like Mr. Hendrick spending over $1 million on a 2014 Corvette adjacent to an article about the homeless living near Carowinds.

Edie Dula

Charlotte


In response to “Senator’s dealings with ample estate scrutinized” (Jan. 20):

Hartsell offers weak excuses; hold politicians accountable

Just what we need, another career politician defending brewing scandals by placing blame elsewhere.

A college educated lawyer appears to have misappropriated campaign funds and is being accused of “pilfering an estate.” His weak responses have been similar to “the dog ate my homework” and clerical errors.

I hope the media stays on top of this Jim Black-like story to get answers.

Enough! We want accountability.

Dennis J. O’Connor

Concord


Council seems to be on side of sports teams, not taxpayers

With the Charlotte City Council’s pre-approval of $125 million to the Panthers, I’m convinced our government is broken.

The City Council and city manager act as mutual admiration groups instead of the “checks and balances” they’re supposed to be.

Tax money should be spent for the common good of the whole group – schools, libraries, roads, parks, etc. – not for professional sports or bribing companies to locate here for a few years.

What will attract new residents is a safe, low-cost city with amenities for its inhabitants.

Being the highest-taxed county in North Carolina makes us the least desirable.

J.C. Hoagland

Charlotte


In response to “Hobby Lobby president asks for prayers” (Jan. 18):

Hobby Lobby can’t control what employees do with paychecks

Just as Hobby Lobby has no right to prohibit its employees from using their paychecks to buy tobacco, alcohol or other harmful legal products, neither does it have the right to prohibit them from using their health insurance benefits to buy legal contraceptives.

Both the paycheck and the health insurance policy are the employee’s property, earned by the employee.

Only the employee has both the moral and legal right to say how he or she will spend each.

Feel no guilt, Hobby Lobby; you never had the moral or legal right or duty to control how your employees spend their earnings.

Ronald Williams

Charlotte


In response to “U.S. has pledged help in Mali, Panetta says” (Jan. 15):

Forget Mali, president should focus efforts on U.S. economy

Mali, schmali…

How about the administration pledging help to fix our damn paychecks!

How about fixing America first.

Who is going to help us when we become a Third World country in the near future?

Ted Holland

Cornelius

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