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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Burr should back off gun filibuster threat” (April 10):

New law doesn’t address guns stolen, bought on black market

A survey by PoliceOne, an industry website that compiled responses from 15,000 active and retired law enforcement professionals, showed they overwhelmingly favor an armed citizenry and are skeptical of greater restrictions on gun purchases, ownership or accessibility.

As for Police Chief Rodney Monroe’s contention that 80 percent of offenders obtained their guns without a background check, that’s probably true. But the vast majority of that is through theft and black-market purchases – which is why the comprehensive background check law will not work.

Spencer R. Rackley IV

Charlotte

Sen. Burr lacked courage in

gun debate, ignored majority

Sen. Richard Burr’s standing with the national leaders of the NRA will go down in history as a portrait in a lack of courage.

To stand up against the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians and the American people, smacks of the same kind of strength of character that allows him to stand up for billionaires instead of average folks.

What “courage” it takes to stand up for the most privileged and powerful!

William D. Charnock

Charlotte


Charlotte homebuilders group sees no harm in proposed law

The writer is president of the Charlotte Home Builders Association.

“Home design bill alarms city,” (April 10) left out a couple of important points. It neglected to mention that N.C. cities never had the authority to regulate architectural design through zoning ordinances, and those that did were violating state law.

It also failed to point out that House Bill 150 does not prevent builders from freely offering architectural conditions during rezoning or development approval. But it does leave decisions about the design of a home between builders and buyers.

The Home Builders Association of Charlotte supports HB 150 as a reasonable way to preserve consumer choice and ensure that local governments adhere to the rule of law.

Charlotte’s sense of community won’t be destroyed just because an elected official is unable to tell a builder what type of shutters must be installed on his customer’s new home.

Alan C. Banks

Charlotte


Closed-door stadium deal a ‘shady’ self-serving ‘scam’

In Raleigh Thursday your elected “representatives” rubber stamped a shady deal crafted largely behind closed doors, allowing Mayor Anthony Foxx, James Mitchell, and the Charlotte City Council to circumvent the will of the people.

It reallocates millions of your tax dollars and gives them to a billionaire to fund new toys for his successful private business.

This sleazy shell game stinks of corruption and cronyism, and shows a cynical disregard for your hard-earned tax dollars and N.C. Sunshine Laws.

I guess the self-serving political hacks from both parties think you aren’t paying attention or just don’t care. Are they right? If so, God help us all.

Wayne Powers

Charlotte


Wrong to put what amounts to a poll tax on college students

As a college professor and the father of a college student, I am appalled by N.C. Rep. Bill Cook’s efforts to make it more difficult for college students to vote where they attend college.

What Cook is proposing is a convoluted poll tax that is intended to discourage students from voting, just as yesteryear’s poll taxes were intended to keep African-Americans from voting.

For the sake of our democracy, I hope Cook’s poll tax is voted down.

Mark West

Charlotte


Illegal immigrants are after benefits, not U.S. citizenship

President Teddy Roosevelt long ago pointed out the distinction between those who walk across a border to enhance their economic situation and those who cross oceans with the dream of becoming Americans.

Most illegal immigrants are foremost born and naturalized citizens of their respective countries and are not about to renounce that based purely on proximity. What Americans fail to “get” is that these people could care squat about becoming U.S. citizens.

If Americans were observant they would realize no signage during all these demonstrations indicated anybody wanted U.S. citizenship, only the benefits.

Jon Baker

Charlotte

In response to “My questions concerning immigration need answers too” (April 10 Forum):

Let Christian values guide our response on immigration issues

Forum writer Mike Long appears to believe the way to deal with a broken immigration system is to punish those who are trying to make a better life for their families.

The fact is these immigrants contribute millions a year in taxes for benefits they’ll never receive, purchase goods and services here, and work in low-paying jobs that go unfilled when left for Americans.

The very notion of denying education to innocent children, or health care to sick human beings, is appalling. Perhaps our “Christian values” only apply to those born in this country?

Martha Brinsko

Charlotte

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