Support convention bid for the economy
In response to “Activists question Charlotte’s bid to host Trump’s RNC in 2020” (Feb. 18):
Congrats to Democratic Mayor Vi Lyles!
Our leaders need to make smart business decisions for the city that benefit all of our residents regardless of political points of view. Bidding on the 2020 RNC Convention is nothing more than a smart business decision. Those who oppose the president or the Republicans should not be trying to stop our city from a potential income opportunity because of their political perspectives. After all, not everyone agreed with Clinton, Obama or the DNC, and their convention was a still success.
Robert Adler, Charlotte
Parkland’s legacy is in our hands
“Never send to know for whom the bells toll; they toll for thee.”John Donne’s words mean more today than ever. When the bell tolls 17 times for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, it tolls not only for them, but for us as well. A piece of America died with them.
Today, people debate: Is it the violence in today’s TV, movies, songs and games that promote the killings? Or is it the availability of guns? Do we take away people’s First Amendment rights to see, read and hear what they want, or do we take away their guns? If you could ask the kids that were murdered that day, what do you think they would say? Their voices are silent now, but ours do not have to be.
Mary Ann Evanoff,
Working parents aren’t to blame
In response to “The myth of parents and long days of work” (Feb. 20):
I grew up in the 1950s and always wondered how it would feel to be in a family with a mom who stayed at home. My mother, who had sole responsibility for two daughters, worked shifts as a nurse. My sister and I took care of each other. I have never shot anyone and have never wanted to. I do confess to two speeding tickets but do not blame society or my mother for either.
Sue Friday, Davidson
Adults leaving the work to the kids
I can’t remember ever being so proud of the “younger” generation as I was as I watched the six high school students from the school in Florida that was attacked last week by a lunatic with a semi-automatic gun. Those kids were articulate, focused and passionate about facilitating change in our pathetic system regarding the purchase of guns. I put my money on these kids who are demonstrating more adult behavior than most elected officials in our national government. They helped restore my faith in the future of our country.
Larry Elder, Charlotte
Here’s what today’s schools are missing
In response to “Gun control? No, society must change” (Feb. 16 Forum):
I agree with Forum writer Catherine Stout, and I want to add two items. Install God & discipline back into the schools and court system. It worked! Wake up, good men and women.
William Moore, Mooresville
Tell me why we need assault weapons
Can someone explain to me the purpose of assault weapons? What are they made for? Are there any scenarios that an average citizen (outside the military) need to lawfully use one? Please help me understand.
Nancy Hamlin-Slater, Charlotte
Rae Carruth, your apology just won’t do
In response to “Ex-Panther Rae Carruth wants custody of son he wanted dead” (Feb. 20):
Rae Carruth offers an apology for the murder of his son’s mother. If you are rude to someone, you can apologize. If you accidentally bump into someone, you can apologize. If you kill someone, you can apologize?
Peter McLean, Rock Hill
Parkland conspiracy theory is despicable
In response to “Republican sorry for ‘communist Democrats’ comment’” (Feb. 20):
So Republican state Rep. Larry Pittman apologized. Using Facebook as his venue, he had speculated that the mass shooting in Florida was a conspiracy perpetrated by gun control advocates bent on taking over the country. Such vile and spurious comments should have no place in our democratic institutions. Rep. Pittman needs to be gone and should seek employment with an organization more sympathetic to his opinions, like the Internet Research Agency in Putin’s Russia.
Reed Shaddock, Charlotte