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Texas explosion shows why we need government regulation

Hearts break for those killed in the industrial accident in West, Texas. Yet, I can’t help but think about the lax government oversight that is rampant in a state that covets the freedoms of an unregulated society.

A governor who tried to convince the electorate that his unregulated Wild West capitalism was the answer to our problems is now asking FEMA to assist with what he called a “nightmare scenario.”

I’m not in favor of “over regulation” but our people deserve some protections that only the government can implement.

Doug Wynne

Charlotte


In response to “Senseless sacrilege of Senate vote on gun control” (April 19 In My Opinion):

Address culture of violence; new gun laws won’t do that

Associate Editor Fannie Flono undoubtedly did considerable research into guns and gun violence, but she completely omitted a most important consideration. From the Oklahoma City bombings to Sandy Hook, all the incidents she mentioned involved people breaking existing laws.

Why do we keep thinking that one more gun law will stop this?

Criminals don’t obey laws, gun or otherwise. Gun laws only serve to restrict the Constitutional right of law-abiding citizens.

It’s not the gun, it’s not the 32-ounce cup, it’s a culture of violence and excess and no one being held accountable for their own actions.

Jim Hatfield

Charlotte

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

It’s time to focus on the 10% who cause 90% of problems

President Obama claims the gun lobby defeated the gun control bill. What defeated it was common sense, which says we don’t need more laws.

We need a serious crackdown on crime and on mental health problems in this country.

The American public is sick and tired of being inconvenienced with silly laws that don’t address the real reasons behind the problems in this country.

Ten percent of our population is causing 90 percent of the problems. Let’s focus on that 10 percent and on those who bring that 10 percent into the world.

Terry Chambers

Charlotte

In response to “Hagan, Burr stay mum on gun votes” (April 19) and related articles:

Sen. Burr sold out to the NRA, owes voters an explanation

The writer is director of Davidson College’s Vann Center for Ethics.

I’m utterly outraged by Sen. Richard Burr’s vote against the Toomey-Manchin bill intended to expand background checks.

Is Burr ignorant of the content of that bill? Or has he simply sold his vote and his conscience to the NRA leadership and gun manufacturers?

How can he defend his position before the parents of slaughtered children all over the country? I wish I’d been in the Senate gallery to shout my disapproval of him and his cohorts.

David L. Perry

Davidson


In response to “One Boston bombing suspect dead; one at large” (April 19 CharlotteObserver.com):

We must get better control over who we allow in this country

It’s time to figure out who we have or are thinking about letting into this country and what their intentions are.

Sorry about the trampling of so-called “freedoms,” but the melting pot is not a cesspool!

Gregg Scharin

Waxhaw


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

Bank of America should be pitching in on stadium update

Let’s see, the NFL stadium is named “Bank of America Stadium” for one of the largest banks in the nation, and the team is having trouble finding money for improvements? Hmm...

Seems like the namesake could pitch in and maybe strike a better deal that would allow us to hang on to the team for longer than six years.

Am I missing something?

Tom Kuhn

Charlotte


In response to “Two teens charged in attack on geese next to charter school” (April 19):

Jail time for teens who maimed geese, parents should also pay

I hope the district attorney will send a message to these teens and their parents that this behavior will not be tolerated.

Prosecute the teens to the fullest extent of the law. A good bit of jail time wouldn’t hurt either.

Hold the parents responsible for the actions of their children, as well. I’m sure they’ll be in court, bleating how their kids are really good and didn’t mean it... Blah, blah, etc. and so on.

John B. Sharp

Cornelius


In response to “Money Rock: A cocaine dealer’s redemption” (April 14-21):

Where Piedmont Courts once stood Seigle Point now thrives

As the series on Belton Lamont Platt unfolds I want to share the positive stories coming from my Seigle Point community, which occupies the former grounds of Piedmont Courts.

A product of HUD’s HOPE VI program, Seigle Point is a mixed-income development with townhomes and apartments, soccer fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, the Above & Beyond afterschool program, a Freedom School summer literacy program, and some of the best uptown skyline views in Charlotte.

While we remember Piedmont Courts’ history and read the stories of Money Rock, I’m proud and grateful to be a resident of Seigle Point as my neighbors and I give these grounds the promise of a fresh start.

Tracy Montross

Charlotte

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