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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Constitution should reflect changes in society, gun power” (April 19 Forum):

No legislation would have stopped recent tragic events

Forum writer Janis Denney says “Limiting magazines will help take the ‘mass’ out of mass murder.”

The truth is, we will never be able to stop mass murders with legislation. The bombings in Boston prove this. You merely have to surf the Internet to find explicit instructions for producing a bomb capable of mass destruction. In addition, you can learn how to make poison gas, a homemade hand grenade or a sawed-off shotgun, any of which could produce similar results.

New laws might make some folks feel better, but have no real effect on those who would do us harm.

Pete Golfetto

Mint Hill

In response to “Senate says no to gun controls” (April 18):

Those who ‘passionately misread Constitution’ sunk bill

The U.S. Senate’s failure to pass “the most gentle of gun control measures” sadly describes what Yeats wrote nearly 100 years ago:

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

The Senate lacks conviction. And the “worst” are those who passionately misread the Constitution to suggest the drafters of the Second Amendment were thinking about assault weapons and 30-round clips as part of a “well-regulated militia” – which they were most definitely not.

Jake Sussman

Charlotte


In response to “Boston bombing has me rethinking where I take kids” (April 18 Forum):

America still a safe place;

don’t be cowed by terrorists

I’d have to remind Forum writer Lola McDonald to not drive her grandkids anywhere or ever let them in a car. The odds of their injury are much higher there than any act of terrorism.

While it’s not the America we grew up in, we are still blessed with the safest and most desirable country in the world.

Enjoy it with your family! Otherwise, they win.

Dennis Jones

Cornelius


In response to “Holden Thorp says athletics ‘can overwhelm’ chancellor” (April 19 CharlotteObserver.com):

Eliminate intercollegiate sports and let academics reign

It is total insanity that sports have become so important that UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp thinks dealing with intercollegiate athletics is the most important part of the job.

Make it a non-part of the job by getting rid of sports and concentrating on academics.

Marcus Henry

Durham


In response to “Panthers, city reach $87.5M deal” (April 19):

Drop the charade on Panthers’ name unless S.C. pitches in

Why not call Columbia or the S.C. counties surrounding the stadium to see if they want to keep the team in Charlotte?

Surely South Carolina has at least the same team spirit, not to mention an economic interest in keeping the Panthers nearby.

If they won’t put some money on the table, at least change the name to Charlotte Panthers and let’s drop this fairytale that South Carolina is part of the home team.

Danny Jacob

North Wilkesboro


Stand up against Rand Paul, others who divide the nation

Recently Rand Paul accused our president of using the parents of those innocent children from Connecticut as hostages for his personal use.

It is my sincere hope that the people who voted him in will do all they can to make certain he does not represent our country again, in any way shape or form.

Politicians like Paul, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann are not only dividing our country, but they are affecting the world in an adverse manner.

To the silent majority I plead, please stand up and be counted at the next election. We have to take our country back. And voting is the only way to do that.

Dick Delahunty

Charlotte


In response to “Impose a tax on commuters so they pay ‘fair share’ in Meck” (April 17 Forum):

Tax commuters and watch Meck’s pocketbook suffer

As a retired commuter from Cabarrus County, I can say that while working in Charlotte I ate lunch at your restaurants and paid extra tax for the privilege.

I picked up groceries and other items on my way home and paid the extra tax.

If I were still working and was hit with a commuter tax I’d pack my lunch and not spend another dime there.

If this happens all the commuters should call in sick for a day. It would bring Mecklenburg County to its knees.

Bill Barr

Charlotte


In response to “Catawba River still troubled, groups says” (April 17):

River advocacy group isn’t baiting public, just doing its job

American Rivers once again named the Catawba River to its endangered-rivers list. The group cited coal ash from Duke Energy as a major contributor to the Catawba’s status.

Duke’s response is the kind a 5-year-old might make if insulted. Duke accused American Rivers of continuing to “bait the public and play on emotions to further their own agenda.”

Excuse me?

As a nonprofit advocacy group, American Rivers’ agenda is to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams.

On the other hand, Duke’s agenda is to make profits, even though it pollutes our rivers in the process.

Sally Kneidel

Charlotte

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