Burr too slow to act on gun control
Shortly after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, I wrote Sen. Richard Burr suggesting a review of all laws dealing with the civilian purchase and ownership of guns.
The senator wrote back saying that we didn’t want to be “knee-jerk” about the issue, that it was more of a mental health problem.
I agree that the nation’s tragic experiences involving civilian guns might require looking at a number of contributing factors. But it has been almost four years since Sandy Hook, and Sen. Burr has done nothing, knee-jerk or otherwise.
However, he has managed to vote against anything that even hinted at the control of guns.
It makes one wonder where his real allegiance lies.
William Lee Hall, Rutherfordton
Trump will get U.S. debt under control
Who seems more likely to take the bold stroke that will bring government spending under control? The 30-year Washington politician or the businessman who has been through his own bankruptcy and seen it work for him?
There is no painless way out of this debt, but put first things first: Washington cannot spend what it does not take from the people.
Trump wants to cut taxes. That’s all you have to know.
Kent Ashton, Concord
Easy to see why Trump admires Putin
It makes perfect sense that Donald Trump would think Vladimir Putin is a better leader than President Obama. Dictatorship would be his preferred form of government.
David Basri, Fort Mill, S.C.
What history, poetry tell us about walls
In response to “What exactly would Trump’s wall look like?” (Sept. 6 Opinion):
I am reminded of other walls erected through history to keep invaders out, or keep people in.
So what happened to the Wall of Jericho? “And the walls came tumbling down” Or, the Great Wall of China, now an international tourist attraction.
Or, the Berlin Wall? Pieces are sold as souvenirs of the Cold War.
Maybe poet Robert Frost was on to something when he penned “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.”
Eileen Hanson-Kelly, Salisbury
Make penalties for phone use stiffer
In response to “Police losing battle with cellphones” (Sept. 3) and related articles:
We need to outlaw any use of cellphones by drivers unless your vehicle is parked.
Penalties have to be severe and graduated.
First offense: $500 fine, car impounded for a week, 5 DMV points.
Second offense: $1,000 fine, car impounded for two weeks, 10 points.
Third offense: $2,500 fine, car impounded 30 days, driver’s license suspended until you pass a safe-driving course.
And so on...
Sheila W. Evans, Charlotte
So many NY, NJ tags; tap that revenue
In observing the mass influx of fine folks from all over the country, I’ve wondered why North Carolina doesn’t more stringently enforce the deadline to register and transfer license plates – in most cases 30 days.
What a wonderful source of revenue.
It could be addressed by monitoring public and private schools in the area and handing out citations for failure to register.
I know all these drivers with N.J. and N.Y. plates aren’t vacationing in the Queen City in August and September!
Bill Lassiter, Charlotte
Bearden park music series a hit with me
As a guy who has lived in Charlotte over 60 years, born about two blocks from Romare Bearden Park, I want to thank Mecklenburg Park and Recreation for putting on a music series that is second to none!
As I listened to the Swingin’ Medallions Wednesday night, I looked up and saw what I consider the most beautiful skyline in America. All I could think of is “WOW” my city has grown up and it's first-class!
Mark Estep, Charlotte
Poor planning on stadium parking
It’s interesting to note that when an aerial view of almost any other NFL stadium is shown during an away game, the stadium is surrounded by acres and acres of parking.
But, when a shot of Bank of America stadium appears, there are almost no parking spots visible.
And, to make things worse, the few private parking lots still in the neighborhood are sprouting condo buildings.
How did this total lack of planning happen?
John A. Marszalek, Charlotte