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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Time to stand up and tell the NRA that ‘enough is enough’

It seems every day there is another reported shooting.

When is this drumbeat of senseless violence and death going to stop, and when are we going to tell the NRA that enough is enough? How many more must die before we stop letting the NRA bully the public and write all the rules?

Better enforcement, common sense gun rules – that’s not too much to ask.

Todd Fishman

Charlotte


Deaths of 2 Las Vegas police officers should give pause

I was deeply saddened by the brutal murder of two police officers in Las Vegas by self-proclaimed “revolutionaries.”

This tragedy should give pause to anyone who remotely identifies with anti-government fringe elements that promote delusional government conspiracies and advocate domestic terrorism.

Joseph J. Salerno

Mooresville


Tie teacher performance to student proficiency

Within five years N.C. teachers will be demanding raises while high school grads continue to perform at the eighth grade level.

Student proficiency is totally the parents’ and teachers’ responsibility.

Thomas W. Cochran

Troutman

Thank you CMS, from a grateful parent of a senior

In the face of all of the concerns surrounding CMS and its constantly shifting focus, I want to express my deep gratitude to the many fine teachers and administrators who helped give my son the tools he needs to make a positive contribution to our world.

As I watched the honors ceremony at my son’s high school, I was inspired by the number and quality of bright, enthusiastic young people.

“It takes a village,” and CMS came through for our family.

Jarod Brown

Charlotte


In response to N.C. Opinions: Greensboro “Finally fixing the VA?” (June 10 Opinion):

Charlotte needs a VA hospital; let Sen. Burr tackle that

If Sen. Richard Burr is trying to make up for his recent mistakes on veteran issues, he should reinstate the funding he voted against in the Sanders Bill, quit bad-mouthing the VFW, and make the new VA clinic in Charlotte a hospital.

A hospital would serve more vets, and save money for the VA and vets who now must go to Salisbury or Columbia when they need services that can only be provided in a hospital.

Michael L. Moore

Charlotte


In response to “Pope dives into Mideast peace with prayer summit” (June 8 CharlotteObserver.com):

Leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians also played a role

As a proud member of the Greek Orthodox community in Charlotte, I am saddened that the name of the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians was not included in this Associated Press article about Pope Francis’ prayer summit.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of over 300 million Orthodox Christians, was not only “on hand,” but also prayed with Pope Francis, President Shimon Peres and President Mahmoud Abbas and helped plant an olive tree in a sign of peace.

Hopefully, their prayers and the symbolic tree will bear the fruit of peace for the Mideast.

James T. Cavalaris

Charlotte


In response to “Consider dangers of buying organic” (June 8 Viewpoint):

No pesticides for my family; we’ll stick with organic

Most people, including my family, buy organic food because it hasn’t been infused with poisons like pesticides, herbicides, growth hormones and antibiotics.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize which food is better for the human body.

Columnist James Greiff, you go ahead and eat your poisoned food, but despite all your nonsense my family will still purchase and eat as much organic food as we can!

Ken Sykes

Monroe


In response to “N.C. has a law requiring kids to wear bike helmets; start enforcing it” (June 9 Forum):

Let celebs push bike helmets, it would be more effective

Efforts to advertise and promote bicycle safety using Hollywood stars and sports figures would be much more effective than passing a law and dropping it in the laps of the police.

Would any of us really want police officers to stop chasing car-jackers, hit-and-run drivers, drunks, murderers, rapists, etc. to chase kids and “do something” with them? And what would that something be?

E. Dennis Spring

Charlotte

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