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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Search on for motive” (Sept. 17):

Infuriates me to read about another mass shooting in U.S.

Another day, another massacre.

The gunman at the Washington Navy Yard used someone else’s ID to gain entrance, and I want to know how a guy with a shotgun made it through a security checkpoint or two in a secure military facility.

Since Aug. 21, the date of the Syrian gas attack that has incensed so many people, almost 800 people in the U.S. have been killed with firearms, according to Slate.com’s gun deaths database.

Does this stuff upset anyone else besides me?

Jon Schuller

Charlotte


In response to Feedback “Keep the name: Mecklenburg County Courthouse” (Sept. 16 Opinion):

Honor Julius Chambers by renaming Bob Walton Plaza

Anyone who has lived in Charlotte long enough is flabbergasted as to why a building is named for the late Bob Walton. No use in recounting that sordid history about Walton’s sex charges.

Rename that building for Julius Chambers.

Tom Ozment

Charlotte


In response to “Carowinds tax subsidy OK’d” (Sept. 17):

Abolish policy that allowed Carowinds tax subsidy

I had to laugh reading the comments of Charlotte City Council members who supported the subsidy for the Carowinds expansion.

Carowinds’ owner Cedar Fair Entertainment probably paid millions for the adjoining 61 acres two years before the subsidy matter came up. What was their intention? To establish housing for the homeless?

Where are all the “free market” warriors who scream to get government out of our lives?

Council should not ask staff to consider revision of this excessive freebie program, but instead vote to scrap it.

John H. Clark

Charlotte


In response to “Alexander County teacher should be praised, not suspended” (Sept. 15 For the Record):

Alexander County teacher deserved to be suspended

Why would you put an article on the merits of showing a rap video about gay marriage to our children on your editorial page? Nothing good can come from people trying to indoctrinate our children on this subject.

Let’s protect our children from these adult things instead of encouraging them in it.

That teacher should have been suspended and reprimanded for his/her actions. Why would you be a part of our country selling its soul to destruction?

Charlene Hendricks

Charlotte


In response to “The financial crisis: Lessons learned?” (Sept. 15):

Bank execs came out OK, but not employees, some investors

In looking at the “Where are they now?” section of this story, one takeaway from the financial crisis is that the top executives who took excessively risky bets with shareholder money have pretty much landed on their feet.

Sadly, the same cannot be said for thousands of employees and small investors who are still trying to recover from the damage that was inflicted on Charlotte’s two big banks.

Arnie Grieves

Charlotte


In response to “Questions surround fatal police shooting” (Sept. 16):

CMPD shooting points up need for strong citizen review board

An unarmed man trying to get help after a car wreck should not be shot for doing so.

While charging the officer with voluntary manslaughter is a step in the right direction, if anyone else had shot Jonathan Ferrell, I believe the shooter would be facing a second-degree murder charge.

In order for the law to provide comfort and security to all, it must be applied to all in the same manner. Until we reach that point, hopefully our police can get additional training on how to respond to the actions of the traumatized. And, maybe the Citizens Review Board can be revamped to truly evaluate these incidents and aid in the process.

Laura McGaha

Charlotte


Charter schools no panacea; put efforts into public schools

Charter schools are not required to provide transportation or free/reduced lunches. This eliminates them as an option for many kids from poor backgrounds.

I grew up in a family of very modest means. Thanks to public education I am now a productive, tax-paying member of society who believes in our public schools. I urge the people of our state to voice your opinion and stand up for our schools before it’s too late.

Randall Sprinkle

Mooresville


Day full of difficult news eased by strangers who offered help

The news Tuesday morning was so full of sadness, it was hard to take in – killings at the Naval Yard, floods in Colorado, the shooting of an unarmed man by a police officer.

So what a gift to be the recipient of two Good Samaritans Tuesday morning when I ran out of gas on the bridge over Interstate 277: Terry David, a CATS driver who stopped his bus to check on me because he thought I was hurt, and an unnamed man who helped push the car out of traffic.

These acts are newsworthy as well.

Many thanks.

Meg Houlihan

Charlotte

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