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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Guns are not the problem; gun-free zones enable shooters” (Sept. 22 Forum):

Guns aren’t the answer; put focus on helping mentally ill

Forum writer John E. Lane states: “Liberals continue to attack the tool and ignore the obvious – nobody attacks a police station.”

Guess what, a man with a gun just attacked a fortified and armed Naval base.

More guns aren’t the answer.

None of these attacks has been by terrorists bent on destroying America. These attacks have been perpetrated by Americans with mental issues.

It’s time America stops ignoring this increasing problem and does something to help these people before they decide to listen to the voices and kill dozens or more.

Charles Fortanbary

Charlotte


Time to let shoppers carry permitted firearms in malls

It’s time to lift the ban on concealed carry permit holders who are not allowed to carry in shopping malls.

The incident in Kenya shows how vulnerable malls are. Once in, terrorists, or even an unstable individual, can do incredible damage before first responders can arrive.

Allowing permit holders to carry in malls would give them the ability to respond immediately – and perhaps prevent what happened in Kenya.

Kenneth Graf

Indian Trail


Republican Party shooting itself in the foot on Obamacare

Oh, the irony of some Republicans’ futile effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, despite the facts that:

• President Obama was re-elected and the Supreme Court ruled the Act constitutional;

• Almost every segment of the American health care system agrees we cannot continue the medical status quo;

• Obamacare borrowed from Massachusetts’ successful health care plan adopted in 2006 under then-Gov. Mitt Romney.

If the GOP had its way, the only state to provide health care for all – thanks to a Republican governor – would be Massachusetts.

Talk about irony, plus shooting your own party in the foot!

John S. Lyles

Davidson

In response to Michael Ramirez’s political cartoon on White House/GOP negotiations. (Sept. 27 Viewpoint):

Term limits might be solution

to current lack of compromise

The essence of current reporting about Obamacare and the debt mess in Washington is simple – it is only the Republicans who won’t compromise.

Yet any thesaurus quickly shows nothing about compromise being a one-way ideological street.

Michael Ramirez’s cartoon represents the absurdity of a two-party system where, once elected, representatives do only what’s best for “their side” – not what’s best for our country.

Would congressional term limits allow our representatives to adopt that kind of a country first attitude? I wonder.

Coy Powell

Charlotte


McCrory’s not doing anything Democrats didn’t also do

I’ve got to hand it to the Observer, most of N.C.’s print media and public radio. This “outrage” campaign over the McCrory administration’s hiring of a handful of supporters is relentless.

Of course, it’s absurd too!

For 100-plus years, Democrats appointed loyalists to state jobs, large and small. There has never been an administration which did not reward campaign contributors in this fashion.

Some of these appointees were actually competent.

Until now, none of them got slammed daily in the press before they had a chance to show if they were qualified or not.

This anti-Republican bias is not even thinly veiled.

Thomas F. Cochran Sr.

Charlotte


Class warfare already has a foothold in N.C., nationwide

What would class warfare look like?

Consider the N.C. political party that deprives the poor and uninsured of health insurance, cuts unemployment benefits, and denies adequate school funding. If that isn’t class warfare, what is?

The same national party screams against funds for food and health programs needed by the poor while cutting taxes for the wealthiest. Just how concerned about federal deficits can they really be?

Tom E. Bowers

Charlotte


In response to “Free breakfast option small but growing” (Sept. 14):

Free breakfast for wealthy families makes no sense to me

Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board member Rhonda Lennon is quoted as saying: “A hungry child may come from a million-dollar home on the lake whose mom didn’t have time to fix breakfast.”

So, a wealthy family on the lake should abrogate its responsibility to feed its children and place that responsibility on a government that borrows 40 cents on every dollar it spends?

Ms. Lennon has just redefined the definition of redistribution.

Color me stupid, but my self-respect, dignity and character would never let me take from others what I can provide for myself.

Terrell Price

Matthews


Don’t send me any more gifts; just use my donation wisely

An open letter to all charities:

When I send you a contribution I intend for the full amount to go to your cause.

Please, please don’t use the money to send me a free gift.

Margaret Poplin

Charlotte

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