Given our recent track record on war, let’s stay out of Syria
There is no need for the U.S. to arm Syrian rebels. Saudi Arabia has far more at stake and, along with their allies in the Gulf countries, should be spending their money to arm the rebels.
I have slowly moved from supporting wars to total opposition. If we are not attacked, I am not for military action. Eleven years is enough, especially with the dismal accomplishments in those 11 years.
In response to “Spending in the Shadows” (June 15-16):
N.C. Rural Center has been vital to helping Burke County
The writer is the mayor of Morganton.
There are two sides to every story. The series pointed out the negatives of some projects. However, it neglected to point out successes with other grants. As a rural community, Burke County and several municipalities in the county have been the recipients of N.C. Rural Center grants. The center is a crucial part of our economic development efforts. Much like the other 85 N.C. rural counties, we could not have supported the reuse of vacant buildings and the expansion of industry without the partnership with the N.C. Rural Center.
Mel L. Cohen
In response to “Representatives in name only on this night” (June 15 editorial):
Have no fear, I’ll be voting against county tax hike tonight
The writer is a Mecklenburg County commissioner.
The Observer criticizes Bill James and me for not voting against the motion at the end of the night, stating that voters expect us to vote against the tax hike. The vote was not for or against the tax increase. The vote was to direct the staff to prepare a budget ordinance for the June 18 meeting, in accordance with the changes made that night. Rest assured, I will be voting against the budget, and the tax hike, on June 18.
Free breakfast helps hungry kids blend in, not get bullied
Why do we have so many negative people talking about a program that feeds hungry children in schools? This program was put into place to help children who couldn’t afford breakfast. There was already a program feeding them free breakfast, but it was obvious who was getting it for free because not many children were buying breakfast. In order to help these hungry children not get noticed and then bullied, someone came up with a great idea to give every child free breakfast, thereby allowing the financially deprived children to blend in.
I was once myself one of those children who would go without lunch for fear of someone finding out that we couldn’t afford it.
In response to “The wrong direction on gun legislation” (June 13 editorial):
Gun law repeal wouldn’t change who legally buys guns
Ponder the irony of whining that felons “hold” pistol purchase permits under our archaic law, then whining about its repeal. “Dozens of felons hold gun permits” screamed an Observer headline back in May. One can’t know who’s “holding” untraceable slips of paper, but it raised a point: Once sheriffs conduct background checks for permits, they’re valid for five years, enabling criminals convicted later to evade checks.
The solution? Repeal the law, requiring checks be done at purchase, as in 36 other states.
If Attorney General Roy Cooper believes repeal would mean “... more criminals, domestic abusers and the dangerous mentally ill [could] legally buy handguns,” he should return to law school; nothing will change who “legally” buys guns.
F. Paul Valone
In response to “At Davidson, heritage and principle collide” (June 6 editorial):
Davidson College should keep key tie to Presbyterian Church
As a Davidson graduate and a one-time faculty member, I have favored numerous changes in admission policies, religious requirements in the curriculum, and the hiring of faculty who were Jewish or not Protestant.
However, I fail to see the compelling wisdom of getting rid of the bylaw stipulating that the college president be “affiliated” with the Presbyterian Church. The college’s “ethos” – indeed – comes from its 176-year ties to that Christian church.
There should be one key tie to the Reformed tradition and the Protestant origins of the school. Heritage and principle reinforce one another at Davidson; an exclusive tradition lends integrity to greater inclusion.
William E. Jackson, Jr.
No use studying it; hotels need carbon monoxide detectors
Common sense should dictate the need for carbon monoxide detectors in hotel rooms. If a personal dwelling requires one with just a few people there, why wouldn’t a building with hundreds of rooms and no particular person in charge to monitor it? Seems a waste of time to spend taxpayers’ money to have lawmakers study it when it is a no brainier. Just do it.
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