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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Aim of Bloomberg and others is to take away our guns” (April 5 Forum):

Enjoy your guns, but let’s keep them out of the hands of killers

None of our leaders are advocating taking away anyone’s right to own a gun.

With recent mass killings, and the number of gun deaths in this country, you just don’t sit back and do nothing.

You have the right to enjoy a cocktail at a bar or restaurant, but not to enjoy too many and endanger the lives of others.

Its the same with guns. Enjoy them, but let’s try to keep them out of the hands of the deranged and criminals.

Kenneth Holder

Mooresville


In response to “How Mark Sanford won – in 5 easy steps” (April 4):

S.C. women must unite to keep Mark Sanford out of office

Women of South Carolina: It’s about integrity.

Women all over the U.S. are all in this together. We are depending on you and your power at the ballot box to send a representative to Washington, D.C. who understands vows and commitments.

There are so many women who have had the integrity to walk away from those who could have been the love of their lives in order to honor vows already made.

Why would you tolerate any less from the men in your life including those you send to represent your best interests?

Patrisa Stahl

Olympia, Wash.


We should’ve heeded Perry’s caution about war in Iraq

A decade ago, the debate in these pages over whether to invade Iraq was dominated by jingoism, ignorance about the Mideast and overconfidence in military solutions.

Somebody who got it right from the start – and took repeated poundings because of it – was Jack Perry.

Ambassador Perry wrote in 2002: “Iraq is not a military threat to the United States. It is a terrorist threat only potentially, along with scores of other sources of terrorism. Yet the war-wishers are busy painting us into a corner... Two great questions arise: Do we have the right to attack Iraq? Is it wise to attack?”

And in 2003: “After Saddam’s passing, the enduring problems of the Middle East will remain: Palestine, political backwardness combined with religious backward-looking, unpopular regimes, much oil and little water, and so on.”

How might the world be different had Jack Perry’s perceptiveness, caution and foresight not been trampled in the rush to war?

Lew Powell

Charlotte


In response to “N.C. religion resolution DOA” (April 5) and related articles:

I applaud Rep. Ford’s attempt to stick up for Christian majority

I’m getting tired of the continued attacks on Christianity from the minority of people who seem to be afraid of a portrait of Jesus, a prayer before a county meeting or the Boy Scout creed.

These folks are offended by Jesus, a prayer and Scouts! Give me a break. I’m offended by murderers, child molesters, baby killers, thieves and spineless politicians.

I’m sick and tired of the minority trying to take rights away from the vast majority in this country.

Thank you N.C. Rep. Carl Ford for your bold fight for the rights of Christians in this state to not be intimidated or silenced by the few who demand their petty offences override the majority!

Ernie Penley

Linville

Attempts to insert religious convictions into law maddening

It is difficult to adequately convey my burning outrage and infuriated frustration at the wasteful, inexcusable actions of N.C. Reps. Harry Warren and Carl Ford.

Not only did their indefensible “Defense of Religion Act” have no chance of passing, it had absolutely no purpose but to seek to insert personal religious convictions into legislation.

Their efforts wasted both taxpayer time and money.

I’m also curious to know why the media isn’t properly reporting what seems to be a serious problem with de facto religious fundamentalism running rampant in so many of the local and state legislatures.

Donovan O’Malley

Charlotte


Don’t raise my taxes to help billionaires update stadium

Why in the world would most people in the current economy think raising taxes to improve Bank of America Stadium is a good idea?

There is no way I can walk into that stadium for a few dollars. With the way it is now, you have to own seats or buy tickets at outrageous prices.

I do not want to increase some tax to help these Charlotte-made billionaires.

Anita Brisbin

Charlotte


In response to “Wise to delay voting on airport authority” (April 4 Editorial) and related articles:

‘Behind the curtain’ groups should come out of hiding

I have been surprised and disappointed to learn that there are groups at work “behind the curtain” in our community.

It turns out that some retired Charlotte City Council members, movers and shakers, US Airways executives, and other senior members of the business community are huddled behind the curtain pushing buttons to affect the outcome of major issues central to our city.

These people need to have the integrity to come out of hiding. They should identify themselves and tell us what their agenda is.

It may be that their intentions are laudable, but their Machiavellian tactics make it tempting to question their motives.

Dan Laurent

Charlotte

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