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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Enough is enough. Focus on gun control, mental health

Another gun massacre, this time at a facility with an armed guard at every entrance.

Can we finally put to rest the insane notion, promoted by the gun lobby, that more guns are the answer? Please.

If armed guards, whose job it is to protect a facility, cannot prevent a massacre like this how can putting more guns in the hands of ordinary citizens – or, God forbid, teachers and principals – be the answer?

Sensible gun control and improved mental health services are the answer.

Tracy Harrison

Charlotte

Guns are not the problem;

gun-free zones enable shooters

If our politicians really believe in “gun-free zones” for protecting people, why do they surround themselves with heavily armed guards?

The question asked by liberals is, “is America crazy,” but the real answer escapes them.

Crazy is doing the same thing and expecting different results.

Liberals continue to attack the tool and ignore the obvious – nobody attacks a police station; could it be that police stations have armed people who can resist the attack?

John E. Lane

Charlotte


In response to “Police knew of Navy Yard gunman’s hallucinations” (Sept. 18) and related articles:

Too many red flags ignored

in case of Navy Yard shooter

Bad conduct in the Navy was tolerated.

Shooting out the tires of a man’s truck was tolerated.

Firing a gun through the ceiling of his apartment into a neighbor’s apartment was tolerated.

Tolerance brought this catastrophe. Can we bring back reason and common sense before we are tolerated out of existence?

Jim Champion

Matthews


Let lawmakers know you don’t want Obamacare defunded

The Affordable Care Act – aka Obamacare – is a Heritage Foundation idea that uses a market-based approach to provide health insurance to 30 to 40 million people who otherwise do not have access to health insurance.

It reduces the deficit, reduces health care costs, saves lives and keeps people out of the emergency room where we all have to pay for their treatment.

It was duly passed legislation that was affirmed by the Supreme Court.

To kill this conservative plan Republicans are willing to shut down the government and risk global economic catastrophe. I beg the voters: Please talk some sense into these people.

Matt Robertson

Charlotte


Let’s not try CMPD shooting case in court of public opinion

The CMPD shooting case is tragic for all – Jonathan Ferrell’s family and friends, Officer Randall Kerrick and his family, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

The investigation by the Homicide Unit was thorough. The charges were made in consultation with the District Attorney’s office. The case will be prosecuted in court.

Now, the attorneys, the media and everyone else must let the case go forward in a court of law, rather than try this tragic event in the media and the court of public opinion.

Bill Lane

Polkville


Environmental law McCrory signed does N.C. no favors

N.C. House Bill 74 regulates environmental protection in North Carolina.

Just keep signing laws like this, Gov. Pat McCrory, and you’ll keep eroding the future for my children and grandchildren.

Maybe you should read what another Republican, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, said as he left office: “We must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren with risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage.”

Joe Sutterlin

Charlotte


In response to “Bigotry, tribalism both wrong” (Sept. 10 Viewpoint):

It’s Flowers who divides, not unites in Miss America flap

Op-ed columnist Christine Flowers needs to be reminded that the new Miss America is as Caucasian as she herself.

What she means by “Caucasian” is “White Caucasian” or “European Ancestry.”

The Caucasian race includes not only Europeans, but also most south Asians, Middle Easterners and many east and north Africans, so that the majority of Caucasians are actually of color.

All of those “non-Caucasian” kids Ms. Flowers speaks of can take little delight as this Miss America is just another gorgeous Caucasian American Beauty.

Race was not mentioned by Nina Davuluri. It is Ms. Flowers who is trying to “divide rather than unite.”

James W. Plonk

Charlotte


In response to “People show love of country in different ways; let it be” (Sept. 19 Forum):

‘Lockstep’ needed to respect the flag, those who died for it

Respecting the American flag and what it stands for is not “lockstep” as directed by a PA announcer.

The flag is the symbol which represents the freedom, strength and unity of America. Brave individuals serve and die for this freedom. They also deserve your respect.

Thank a veteran and respect the American flag.

Bruce Heon

Charlotte

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