The two-party system used to work
In response to “GOP: Guns own party” (Feb. 23 Opinion):
Thank you, Judge Bob Orr, for the beautifully stated column on the selling of the soul of the Republican party. You speak for many people, both Republicans and Democrats.
I have spent a lifetime believing deeply in our two-party system and the wisdom both parties have brought to the thriving of this country. With all the current turmoil, nothing seems sadder to me than the weakening or loss of our basic political striving toward the general welfare of all Americans.
Louisa Shugart, Charlotte
Billy Graham was human, not God
All the hoopla about Billy Graham is a bit too much. Dr. Graham was a charismatic speaker who attracted many listeners. Fine. But he was not God. Nor did he die like Jesus in disgrace. Jesus never got to lie in a capitol rotunda. If there is not some sacrilege in all this human worship, there is at least a lack of humility.
Don’t give protesters any attention
This week we will be observing the funeral of one of the most iconic men of the last century, maybe of many centuries.
If there are any protesters along the routes or near the site of the service, please do not cover them. With Presidents Carter, Bush, Clinton, Obama and Trump possibly attending, there will be dissenters. I don’t care which side is protesting, nor what they are protesting; this is not the time. So, please do not give them any credence or publicity. Let this be a rejoicing for an incredible figure who loved all.
Dottie Toney, Charlotte
Our government failed in Parkland
In response to “Police missed chances to charge shooter before Fla. massacre” (Feb. 25):
I am a lifetime gun owner with a concealed carry permit, but this letter is not about guns, it is about the failure of government to protect the students in Florida.
The sheriff of Broward County had multiple opportunities to do something about this shooter, but he and deputies chose not to do their job! The Florida Department of Social Services had an opportunity to declare the shooter unstable but chose not to do its job! Finally, the FBI had an opportunity to stop this shooter after it received multiple tips but chose not to do its job!
I am not opposed to background checks, but nothing works when government chooses not to do its job.
Philip Moseman, Fort Mill
I would give up my assault weapon
Arming teachers is about as brilliant as spending $25 billion on a wall that a $50 ladder can scale.
I am a firm believer in the Second Amendment. However, military-style weapons have no place in our country. They are made to kill people, not for hunting game.
The only people who should have them, other than military personnel, are law enforcement officers.
I actually own one, but would gladly give it up. I have plenty of other weapons to protect my home and property with.
Wake up America!
Henry L. Greene,
Psychologists can’t protect us from guns
In response to “Arm schools with trained psychologists” (Feb. 26 Forum):
I can only imagine the fear and horror that an assailant would experience when arriving at a school and seeing the sign, “WARNING: Trained psychologist on duty.” I expect that sign would also have “Gun Free Zone” written on it as well.
My friends, family and coworkers want to thank the Observer for printing E.T. Shafer’s letter; we’ve had a good laugh.
Windy White, Charlotte
Watch out for future tax increases
It seems that a lot of people have not heard the big shoe drop. They seem to be so thrilled by getting money “back” from taxes that they missed the “big plan” to improve infrastructure.
Of course we know it has to be paid for. But how? With a tax increase, of course.
President Trump so far has suggested a 25 cent-per-gallon gas tax increase, to be matched by the state. If you use 10 gallons a week for a year, that’s $260.
As the ads on TV say: But wait, there’s more! States will have to pony up more by added sales tax, property tax, income taxes – or whatever poison they might choose.
Donald C. Tracy, Salisbury