NRA is wrong about guns, proof lies in Atlanta school incident
Only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun?
Tell that to Antoinette Tuff. She talked a mentally ill man with an AK-47 and 500 rounds of ammunition into surrendering instead of shooting up a school full of elementary kids.
Imagine the carnage that might have resulted if she had tried to take on that man instead of talking to him. How many children might be dead today?
The NRA is responsible for the problem of too many guns on our streets. It’s not the solution to anything other than higher profits for gun manufacturers.
William D. Charnock
In response to “Fund for slain Australian player tops $100K” (Aug. 22 CharlotteObserver.com):
Still waiting for president to speak out on Oklahoma killing
This outstanding young man came to the United States on a baseball scholarship to pursue his dream, only to have it taken away in such a violent, useless, unnecessary way because some thugs were bored!
Like other Americans, I am outraged by this senseless act of violence.
Where is our president? When will he speak up on this horrible tragedy?
Growing influence of ALEC in N.C., other states disturbing
Many N.C. citizens are sad, mad or confused over the voter ID bill – how could our legislators treat us this way?
A possible answer? It’s ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council.
This organization has plenty of money, strong opinions about how things should be, and staff that writes bills – very helpful for local legislators.
It’s not just North Carolina. ALEC wrote 446 bills for the 2013 session. They were introduced in every state and the District of Columbia, and 84 passed and were signed into law.
Want to learn more? Ask N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis. He was an ALEC state “Legislator of the Year” in 2011.
In response to Leonard Pitts “ ‘The Butler’ and The Truth” (Aug. 21 Viewpoint):.
Repeated cries of racism
mask issue of accountability
Continuing to push racism to the forefront every day will only give those not willing to take responsibility for their actions an out.
I don’t need to be told someone is black. I have eyes. I also know their ancestors’ history. I’m also ashamed of my white ancestors’ behavior.
This is a new day and we don’t need to repeat our past. To cry injustice based on race has been overused and is simply an unwillingness to be held accountable.
Wrong is wrong, without race entering into it. We all need to get real. Law is law. We’re all one people regardless of our race.
J.E. “Bubba” Shaffner III
In response to “The showdown over the shutdown” (Aug. 22 Editorial):
Hats off to Pittenger, Burr for being realistic on Obamacare
U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger and House Republicans have already voted to defund Obamacare. Do they actually think Harry Reid and Charles Schumer will vote to defund it? Or that the president will sign it?
Forcing a government shutdown over Obamacare would be foolish and disastrous.
By law, Obamacare would remain funded in a shutdown.
Are they willing to tell families of 67,000 servicemen and women in Afghanistan, 40,000 wounded veterans, and our military around the world that they won’t receive a paycheck?
Congratulations are due Pittenger and Sen. Richard Burr for using good judgment and courage on our behalf.
In response to “NASCAR Hall posts $1.6M loss” (Aug. 23):
Stabilized? NASCAR Hall’s numbers say otherwise
Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority chief executive Tom Murray has to be one of the most optimistic people in the world if he sees improving financial performance from NASCAR Hall attendance dropping from 272,000 people to 198,000 to 177,000 in the past year. Is this what they call new math?
In response to “Cooper slams new Duke rate hike” (Aug. 22):
Tired of Duke rate hikes? Go solar like me, it’s getting easier
It’s sad that people who don’t know how to install and maintain their own solar power systems will be paying Duke Energy’s rate increases. And as Duke’s income shrinks it will have to charge them even more.
Small solar systems are getting cheaper, and easier too. Plus, I can enjoy my TV and computer during power outages.
In response to “Orr still being paid his salary” (Aug. 20):
Orr deserves every penny
of that salary he’s collecting
It is very good that Jerry Orr is still being paid. No one is more deserving.
Where would Charlotte be without men like him who created this modern city?
Give credit to Hugh McColl, John Belk, Harvey Gantt, Harry Golden, Julius Chambers, Jerry Orr and the others who made us what we are.
Thomas A. Mack
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