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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “If you do any of these things, you just might be a felon” (Oct. 18 Opinion):

Tougher gun laws needed to stop senseless deaths

My questions for gun rights advocate Paul Valone: Why do you need a gun to drive down Western Boulevard or Elizabeth Avenue? Or while dropping your child off at school? Or while entering church?

Mr. Valone, you need to Google the words Virginia Tech, Columbine and Sandy Hook; there you will find the names of innocent victims of gun violence.

Gun laws need to be strengthened, not relieved. That’s when the mayhem will stop.

Mary Gaertner

Charlotte

Gun owners must recognize problems guns cause for others

Gun rights absolutist Paul Valone may have a point that we should consider reasonable revisions to gun laws to prevent the potential problems to gun owners he cited.

Now if we could just get him to say the same thing about the potential problems guns cause for everyone else, maybe we could get somewhere. This gun owner is not holding his breath.

Paul Hefferon

Charlotte


In response to “If weapons allowed then carry them openly, not concealed” (Oct. 18 Forum):

Keep N.C. gun laws as is; we just want to protect ourselves

Forum writer Janet Taylor is mistaken in her belief that guns owners are self-appointed guardians of public safety.

Concealed gun owners are interested only in defending themselves. N.C law gives no arrest powers to citizens.

No change is needed in the gun laws. N.C. citizens are already allowed to openly carry firearms in most communities. We don’t do so because of the paranoia of people like her.

Robert Demarest Cuminale

Charlotte


In response to “Shutdown ends with finger-pointing” (Oct. 18) and related articles:

If Obama wants teamwork, he’ll have to stop name-calling

Listening to President Obama is comical but sad. At some photo ops he says he wants both parties to work together, find common ground and work nice.

But then he adds fuel to the fire by name-calling and blaming the Republicans.

You can’t have it both ways, but this president gets a free media pass every time.

Ann Marie Lloyd

Charlotte

Boehner said his side ‘didn’t win,’ but U.S. was biggest loser

The real loser in the shutdown settlement: the American people.

Yet more debt will be accumulated by our government, and once again “the can was kicked down the road,” as no solution was reached that will bring our nation closer to a balanced budget or debt reduction.

I urge all voters – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – to contact North Carolina’s U.S. senators and representatives. Tell them about our unhappiness with the monumental amount of debt our country has amassed and Congress’ failure to take positive action to remedy this situation.

John N. Mangieri

Charlotte

In response to “Nation dodges default” (Oct. 17):

Spending money we don’t have leaves U.S. beholden to China

Did you read about who was upset about the possibility of default? It was Wall Street and foreign investors like China.

Like it or not we are beholden to China because our government keeps spending money we don’t have.

If you think it’s bad to default on your mortgage and the bank comes calling, wait until we can no longer pay our debt and China comes calling.

Anyone whining about North Carolina not taking federal money, keep in mind that it could be keeping the Chinese debt collectors at bay.

Bill Stepanek

Davidson


Congress exempt from Obamacare? Check your facts

Did Obama exempt 1,200 groups, including Congress, from Obamacare?

This oft-repeated GOP assertion was scrutinized by Glenn Kessler “The Fact Checker” with the Washington Post at www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker. It earned 3 Pinocchios.

Shame on those who confuse voters with misinformation.

Chip Potts

Charlotte


N.C. missed an opportunity to decrease infant mortality

The writer is a senior fellow at Action for Children North Carolina.

Declining to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income adults is a missed opportunity to reduce infant mortality.

Though much progress has been made in reducing infant mortality in our state in the past 25 years, North Carolina still has about the 40th worst infant mortality rate among the states. And the rate has begun to increase.

Medicaid expansion, which would occur at little or no cost to the state, would provide crucial preconception services to tens of thousands of low-income women so that when pregnancy occurs their chances for the delivery of a healthy baby would be dramatically increased.

Our governor and General Assembly have gone to great lengths to protect the unborn. They should take this opportunity to protect the born as well.

Tom Vitaglione

Raleigh

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