This is terrible gun legislation for N.C.
In response to “Bill would end need for concealed gun permits” (June 1):
Allowing concealed carry of handguns without a permit is a big mistake likely to result in problems.
When concealed carry became N.C. law 20 years ago some predicted carnage in the streets. It did not happen, primarily because the process of obtaining a permit requires training and understanding of the law.
Unlicensed concealed carry may well fulfill that prophecy.
When the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment relates to an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, it did not say there couldn’t be restrictions and regulations governing that right.
This is terrible legislation and must be defeated.
Lin Robinson, Shelby
Griffin knew exactly what she was doing
In response to “CNN cuts ties with Griffin over video” (June 1):
Liberal comedian Kathy Griffin set a new low with her photo holding a severed, bloody head resembling the president.
Her apology is meaningless, as the video clearly shows she knew what she was doing and what the reaction might be.
I hope she suffers significant personal and financial backlashes that will wipe that smirk off her face for a long time.
Bill Hawthorne, Charlotte
Health care Congress gets shouldn’t differ
I find it interesting that members of Congress currently enjoy the benefits of a health care plan that is similar in its provisions to what we call Obamacare.
By contrast, the health care plan they are proposing for the country – GOPcare – falls short of providing essential coverage.
What’s good for the goose should be good for the gander. Congress should have to live with exactly the same health care plan they ultimately impose on the rest of us.
Dan Laurent, Charlotte
St. Onge’s Chevy Bolt column infuriating
In response to “A month in a ‘revolutionary’ Chevy Bolt: Is it easy being green?” (May 30 Opinion):
Peter St. Onge’s column singing the praises of his new Chevy Bolt reveals a basis of the contempt that some ordinary Americans have for self-appointed “progressives”.
Acknowledging that he received a $7,500 tax credit to bolster his green credentials is infuriating, given that all citizens are paying for it.
He attempts to preempt the outrage by pointing out that the government already “picks plenty of winners” without acknowledging that this practice is anathema to so many who voted Republican in the last election.
Progressives just don’t get it.
Jack Watson, Mooresville
I-77 safety update great; do other roads
In response to “NCDOT repainting stripes on 5 miles of I-77 this week to improve safety” (June 1):
This is an admirable, if overdue, measure.
I’m from New Mexico and upon moving here I was shocked by the horrific quality of the roads. They are narrow, rugged and dangerous.
A continuation of these protective measures will save lives, improve quality of life, and encourage greater development around the city as a whole.
Please continue to work to promote quality and protect citizens.
Blaise Myers, Huntersville
Trump’s budget doesn’t go far enough
Trump’s budget doesn’t go far enough
In response to “Where’d the Christian Republicans go?” (June 1 Forum):
Christian Republicans understand that Jesus talked about taking care of the poor. He did not say it was the job of government to do that.
I think President Trump’s budget does not go far enough in cutting government spending.
All of those social issues that Forum writer Holly Wood worries about are much better funded and managed by private citizens and organizations.
Alan Dockery, Newton
Name-calling stifles honest dialogue
In response to “Good luck changing Sunday alcohol laws” (June 1 Forum):
I see we’re now being called “knuckle-dragging Baptist Republicans.”
Wow, that’s a great way to start some honest dialogue about our differing viewpoints.
Guess the name-calling Forum writer didn’t learn much from Hillary’s “basket of deplorables” comment.
Jim Hatfield, Charlotte