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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Boston blasts ‘what we expect from war’ ” (April 16) and related articles:

No matter who’s responsible for blasts, show them ‘no mercy’

Whether foreign or domestic, find these SOB terrorists and show them no mercy. No mercy to them and no mercy to their “cause.”

Dabney Vigor

Charlotte


In response to “Second Amendment is archaic, needs to be replaced” (April 16 Forum):

Right to own a gun is crucial

to combat all the illegal ones

What Forum writer Larry Bennett and others like him don’t seem to understand is that changing or doing away with the Second Amendment wouldn’t mean a thing to criminals who use firearms to commit crimes.

These people do not go to gun stores or gun shows, they buy their weapons off the street.

Those it would affect are the law-abiding citizens who need their guns to protect their homes and families.

I imagine if a violent criminal threatened Mr. Bennett and his family at gunpoint, he might change his mind about the necessity of the right to own guns.

Jason Black

Charlotte


In response to “Biden: Al-Qaida followers told to buy guns in U.S.” (April 16):

Biden just plain wrong to tie terrorism and gun ownership

I see that Vice President Joe Biden is trying to tie terrorism to the gun debate.

If memory serves me, the last time al-Qaida struck on U.S. soil, they used commercial airliners. So I guess we should debate banning flying schools that train people of Arab descent.

No Mr. Biden, let’s put the truth on the table and not try to link gun ownership to terrorism.

Bill Hite

Indian Land, S.C.


In response to “Observer hospital series a Pulitzer finalist” (April 16):

Watchdog journalism benefits all of us; kudos to the Observer

I am so proud of our local paper for being a Pulitzer finalist for “Prognosis: Profits.” I thought the series was excellent when it ran, and I’m so pleased the Pulitzer committee agreed.

My 7-year-old son asked me a few days ago why people get newspapers instead of just watching the news on TV. Investigative series like “Prognosis: Profits” are why.

Thank you for upholding the standard of journalism that our society needs.

Linda Midgett Otzenberger

Charlotte


In response to “City considering a tax hike. This won’t be the last time” (April 16 Forum):

Impose a tax on commuters so they pay ‘fair share’ in Meck

I would like to expand on Forum writer Tripp Cherry’s thoughts. He says people are leaving Charlotte and Mecklenburg in droves for surrounding counties and states.

Why doesn’t the City establish an income tax for those who live outside Charlotte, Mecklenburg or North Carolina and work in Charlotte?

All of these people use our roads and conveniences. Why shouldn’t they pay their fair share?

Carol Weber

Charlotte

In response to “Council mulls tax hike” (April 15):

Tax hike won’t solve problem; time to impose impact fees

Now maybe the powers-that-be will demand the power to impose impact fees on new residents.

Impact fees are included in the sale price of the home and hence part of a mortgage to be paid over time. Meanwhile the local community has the funds to build the infrastructure needed to accommodate new residents.

Without impact fees the community will always be behind in infrastructure development and struggle to maintain what it has.

If you think a tax hike will solve the problems, you are wrong.

Carolyn Lawson

Huntersville

Make Bojangles’ take down tacky signs at old coliseum

Charlotte should not give tax money to renovate the original coliseum unless Bojangles’ shows respect to this classic gem. Bojangles’, please take down those gaudy signs that make a truly beautiful building look like a giant fast-food joint.

Bill Herrington

Charlotte


Obamacare bureaucracy already starting to cost us

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services disclosed Friday that it will use $304 million from its Prevention Fund to pay some expenses associated with enrolling people in insurance plans under Obamacare. The Department announced last week that it will transfer an additional $454 million from the Prevention Fund to operate insurance exchanges.

These are but two of many examples to come of an Obamacare bureaucracy that will end up costing billions.

Craig A. Reutlinger

Charlotte


Thanks for the 95th birthday feature on Sarah Belk Gambrell

When I first became station manager of WDAV in 1981, Sarah Belk Gambrell helped me get acclimated to Charlotte, introduced me to key folks and helped raise money for the then-young public radio station in Davidson.

I’ll never forget her personal generosity and passion. When I think of the queen in the “Queen City,” I always think of her. Thank you, Sarah, and happy birthday!

John H. Clark

Charlotte

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