In response to Limit shells for birds but not for people? Does that make sense? (April 2 Forum):
Gun debate isnt about birds, its about deranged killers
Forum writer Robert D. Culbertson ponders why the three-round limit for bird hunting shotguns is not sufficient for weapons purchased for personal protection.
Simple answer, Robert. A bird will not shoot at you first, nor will it return fire.
Philip M. Van Hoy
In response to GOP leaders destroyed public trust with lies about voter fraud (April 2 Forum):
Voter fraud exists everywhere; naive to think it doesnt in N.C.
In Ohio one woman admitted to voting eight times. She was just the tip of the iceberg.
Please use your common sense. Elections are high-stakes events, and people being what we are, will sometimes do whatever it takes to win.
Id like to think that North Carolina is so pure it has no voter fraud, but Im not that naïve.
In response to Groups fight early voting limits (March 30):
N.C. GOP just trying to retain power by any means possible
All the Republican proposals before the N.C. legislature are nothing more than an attempt to decrease the Democratic vote.
Its being done in the name of decreasing voter fraud, which is almost nonexistent in the state.
Stopping Sunday voting, reducing early voting, and photo ID are some of the means by which they intend to cut Democratic votes. Lets vote them out in the next election.
In response to McCrory eliminates Latino office (March 29):
McCrorys Hispanic outreach simply shifting to another office
As a leader in the Hispanic community and the MeckGOP voter registration chair, I found the Observer article about Gov. Pat McCrory eliminating the states office for Latino affairs misleading.
The governor is continuing his outreach efforts to the Hispanic community and consolidating government at the same time. His Hispanic outreach has simply been shifted to his Constituent Affairs office same services, different title.
The Hispanic community will continue to have a voice as the governors office supports the Advisory Committee on Hispanic and Latino Affairs, which is critical to our state.
In response to After scrutiny, council votes to examine review board (April 2):
Go slow; be wary of some who complain of police misconduct
The Charlotte City Council should be cautious in its review of the Citizens Review Board.
Many of those complaining have their own agenda and tend to be anti-police, regardless of the circumstances.
A careful approach, rather than a rush to judgment, is the best means of a review.
In response to Environmental oversight necessary when states refuse to act (March 31 For the Record):
Federal agency essential to keep our water, air clean in N.C.
The writer is N.C. coordinator for Appalachian Voices.
Thank you to N.C. Rep. Pricey Harrison for her balanced approach to environmental protection.
No one wants to return to the days when Ohios Cuyahoga River was so choked with pollution it burst into flames, or when smog covered almost every major city. Sadly, this was the state of the country before the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and EPA were established.
Air and water dont recognize state boundaries, which is why a federal environmental agency is essential. Federal rules based on science and health-based standards provide a baseline of protection for all citizens.
In response to Soaring honeybee deaths renew alarm (March 31):
Dont expect straight answer from government on bee deaths
Do we seriously expect the EPA and U.S. Department of Agriculture to give us the truth on why bees are dying?
Politicians are helping corporations hide the truth by writing laws to protect their profits and hide their secrets.
Beekeepers believe the massive losses are from chemicals in the environment, but the decimation of our government through corporate monies and loss of journalistic integrity prevents us from connecting the dots.
The consumer no longer has a government advocate.
I pity the thief who stole my bumper stickers in N.C.
Easter weekend I parked my car at a major hotel in Greensboro, and because someone disagreed with my philosophy they removed two bumper stickers. One was for the 2012 presidential election, the other was a Co-Exist sticker with the various religions represented.
I can be thankful no damage was done to my car. But if a bumper sticker disturbs someone this much, how do they exist in our world today with its many conflicts and varying opinions?
I feel sorry for them!
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