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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Can all these police chiefs be wrong? No” (May 1 Editorial):

Women need guns on campus as protection, not locked in car

The leaders of the UNC system, the police chiefs and the Observer miss the point of legal concealed carry. That handgun, for which many women have a permit, should be in her possession, not locked in a vehicle. Why? Because university police are not able to stop criminal acts on campus.

Women who carry are invested in their own personal safety, whether on campus or in a mall parking garage.

Street cops will tell you most of their job isn’t about “protecting” us, but about making arrests and doing paperwork. Until police show up, we’re on our own.

Cheryl L. Jones

Charlotte


Voter suppression brought long waits at Fla. polls, will here too

If a bill pending in the N.C. General Assembly passes, we will lose 11 days of early voting with no more Sunday voting. Just like in Florida and Ohio where Republican legislatures passed similar voter suppression laws, you may have to wait six hours in line to exercise your right to vote.

Not willing or able to do that? That’s exactly what Gov. Pat McCrory and our Republican legislature want.

We cannot let this happen in North Carolina.

Beverly Tatum

Waxhaw

In response to Thom Tillis’ “Voter photo ID is a common-sense step for North Carolina” (April 28 Opinion):

I agree with Tillis, in today’s world voter ID is a no-brainer

Thank you Thom Tillis and the N.C legislature. Voter IDs in this day are truly no-brainers.

Recently I dropped off a prescription for my husband after surgery. Though we’ve gotten our medications from this pharmacy for years, they told me to bring his ID when I picked it up so they could copy it. It was required for this prescription.

This is the world we live in.

Barbara Hills

Charlotte


In response to “Obama ‘dawdles’ on Syria and the world is watching,” (May 1 Forum):

Sure wish another president had been as cautious as Obama

Forum writer Keith Brittain accuses President Obama of a “feckless, weak and dangerous” foreign policy for “dawdling” on Syria’s supposed use of chemical weapons.

I wish President George W. Bush had “dawdled” over invading Iraq. Then perhaps the worst foreign policy decision ever made could have been avoided.

Bonner Mills

Mount Holly


In response to “For some who collect tax, a coveted rebate” (April 30) and related articles:

Way I see it, N.C. tax collection system is dishonest, immoral

In 2011, N.C. beer distributors began receiving $280,000 for doing what they had been doing – collecting excise tax on sales.

Their lobbyist, Tim Kent, said: “It’s an extremely favorable arrangement for the state of North Carolina. There’s a high degree of compliance, and there’s little or no labor expense incurred by the state.”

So the state pays the distributors to do what they are required to do by law and at the same time reduces or eliminates all oversight. And we are to trust that there is a high degree of compliance.

Sounds like corruption to me.

Mel Steiner

Hudson

State’s tax system must be fair for all, not just a chosen few

In my nearly 30 years in business I could never figure out why I had to pay sales taxes on my tools for business while a furniture factory could buy a $1 million replicator for chair legs and pay none. Or, why beer distributors got a 2 percent reimbursement for collecting and remitting sales tax while I had to donate my time.

The biggest insult? I had to pay for the check and postage stamp to remit taxes to the state.

It’s long past time to make this tax collection fair to all merchants in North Carolina.

Robert Demarest Cuminale

Charlotte


In response to “Obama touts Foxx’s transit leadership” (April 30):

Transportation position vital, requires expertise Foxx lacks

The nation’s transportation systems are too large and complex with wide ranging ramifications impacting the whole economy to place in the hands of someone with such limited qualifications. Look at what happened with deregulation of the trucking and airline industry.

What does Anthony Foxx know about freight rail and trucking? The interstate highway system runs far beyond Interstates 77 and 85. There is much more to the airline industry than US Airways, as well.

Someone with more experience is needed in this vital position.

Richard Cochran

Indian Trail


Coverage of Jason Collins’ coming out too one-sided

Isn’t the point of journalism to examine and report both sides of a story?

I’m pretty sure there are a lot of people who don’t celebrate open homosexuality like hitting a game-winning shot.

ESPN analyst Chris Broussard succinctly said what many Christians believe. Masters champion Bubba Watson echoed Broussard’s sentiment on Twitter. There were others as well.

Yet, the Observer found not a single syllable of rebuttal, debate or opposition fit to print.

David Jones

Lenoir

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