In response to Bloombergs TV blitz on guns targets swing senators (March 24):
Bloomberg is bringing sanity, energy to gun control debate
I welcome Mayor Michael Bloombergs free speech urging gun safety. The work of Robert Spitzer on the history of gun regulation concludes it is not at all contrary to the Second Amendment. We have allowed a lobbyist (the NRAs Wayne LaPierre) to dominate the debate, promulgating fear and slippery slope arguments that are short on truth and create a hysteria. I support the 2nd amendment but find the NRAs interpretation an errant threat to society. The NRA spends over $30 million lobbying against ANY MEASURES that COULD slow profits from the manufacture and sale of guns.
Bloombergs city has seen a reduction in gun violence and his call for universal background checks, a measure once supported by the inconsistent LaPierre, is supported by law enforcement, responsible gun owners and the majority of citizens. I welcome his sane voice and energy.
In response to Justices at odds as gay marriage case heard (March 27):
Heterosexuals often dont see what gays are forfeiting
While reading the Supreme Court arguments regarding same-sex marriage, I reflected on why my wife and I recently married. We wanted to make a life-long commitment, which for us, meant marriage. We knew we would not have children at 66 and 63, and the legal implications of marriage didnt enter into consideration. It was, simply, our way to have publically recognized that we were now committed partners for life.
So while reading the arguments I wondered, What if Susan and I had been denied the right to make our commitment in that way? Access, and the inherent benefits it carries, is easy to underestimate unless you are one of those denied it.
In response to Government, politicians only have one thing on their minds (March 26 Forum):
Politicians and bank robbers have a whole lot in common
Don Griffins letter reminded me of the answer that came from Willie Sutton, notorious bank robber of yesteryear, when asked why he robbed banks. He exclaimed, Thats where the money is! I think the politicians have discovered that public service is where the money is.
In response to Restaurant group backs tax (March 26:
Tax users of BofA stadium, not folks who likely never go there
The writer is co-franchisee of 15 Golden Corral restaurants in N.C. and S.C.
Many restaurant owners must have been appalled to see The Charlotte Chapter of the N.C. Restaurant & Lodging Association defy the decision of its parent organization (of which I am a member) and support a half-cent increase in the prepared food sales tax to remodel the Panthers stadium. I have been a PSL owner from day one and have always supported the Panthers. However, I cannot ask my patrons to fund the remodeling of a very profitable stadium into which they may never have even stepped foot.
Tax the user of the product, not everyone who consumes prepared food. Add a sales tax to the price of the tickets (currently there isnt one), tax each car parked (game days only), increase the sales tax on Panthers clothes and souvenirs. If there is to be any increased tax on prepared foods it should only be within the stadium and the Central Business District, where the restaurants may be benefitting by increased sales on game days.
Will Sasser help his customers by reducing menu prices too?
Tom Sasser has generously endorsed raising the restaurant tax to fund stadium renovations. May I assume that he plans to reduce menu prices accordingly so that his restaurants, not his customers, will pay for his magnanimity?
Has Jerry Richardson sought help from namesake bank?
Question: How much money has Jerry Richardson and the Panthers asked Bank of America for? After all the stadium is named for BofA.
In response to Computers dont remove our responsibility for executions (March 26 Forum):
Not ready to push the button to execute? Let me do it
I literally laughed out loud at George Thompsons argument. People are karmically responsible when a prisoner is executed? The state is not playing God as he assumes, but is justified in issuing punishment per the Bible. Remember an eye for an eye, George? If someone is proved to have raped or murdered someone, Ill push the button if no one else will.
In response to Admiral at center of inquiry by Navy (March 27):
Todays Navy justice sounds a lot like nonsense to this reader
Todays paper says Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette was accused of using profanity in a public setting and making at least two racially insensitive comments. He was cleared of any criminal(!) violations under the Unified Code of Military Justice but a set of administrative penalties will effective end his career.
What kind of nonsense is my Navy governed by these days?
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