Regulate peanut butter, but not guns?
In response to “Don’t limit type of guns I can buy” (Oct. 21 Forum):
Forum writer Daryl Richardson is mistaken about the government having “no right to dictate what firearms you own.”
Fully automatic weapons have been restricted since 1986 and the Brady Bill (1994) sets limits on assault weapons.
If the FDA can dictate no more than one rat hair per 100 grams of peanut butter, shouldn’t we consider restrictions on the types of firearms in the marketplace?
Dale Saville, Charlotte
A caveat emptor on Carly Fiorina
When she was in Rock Hill last month, Carly Fiorina said “Leadership is about service and a leader produces results.”
As a former Lucent Technologies manager who knew many associates who lost a vast majority of their 401(k) savings in 2000, I take exception in Fiorina’s case.
While a senior executive, Ms. Fiorina and the rest of the Lucent executive team made millions using “dubious accounting and sales practices,” (See Lucent in Wikipedia) to bolster Lucent’s stock until it crashed in 2000.
Her devious leadership style, shown again as CEO of Hewlett Packard, indicates results should be attained at any and all costs, regardless of the impact on those they lead.
Ed Carlson, Charlotte
What we get when too few vote: Berry
In response to “Labor commissioner failing N.C. workers” (Oct. 20 Forum) and related articles:
It is very clear that having Cherie Berry serve as N.C. Labor Commissioner is akin to having the fox guard the hen house.
She is unwilling or unable to do the job that she was elected to do: use the power of her department to represent workers who have been treated unscrupulously by employers.
She holds an elective office. When people don’t bother to show up to vote in elections, this is the kind of leadership we get.
Gene Kavadlo, Charlotte
Hard to explain our politics to Europeans
Last month, I was in a tapas bar in Barcelona and struck up a conversation with two women from Australia.
They said the two things they could not understand about America were our not embracing health care for everyone and our lax gun regulations.
I had to admit I couldn’t understand either.
Sue Friday, Charlotte
UNC taking right steps to get better
In response to “UNC athletic rules: no cheers” (Oct. 21, N.C. Opinions):
I was hardly surprised at another negative editorial regarding Carolina. While we clearly made many mistakes with the AFAM Studies easy grades courses, for five years Carolina’s administration has diligently worked to correct this and ensure that nothing like this could ever reoccur.
The new guidelines are part of this process. It would seem you would be pleased about these positive steps, but apparently not. What will it take for Carolina to make you happy?
Ed King, Charlotte
Money blinds on climate change
In response to “Scientists want to restrict free speech” (Oct. 22):
Jay Ambrose – did ExxonMobil pay you to write that?
The process used by ExxonMobil and other oil companies to create confusion and muddy the waters of the climate change debate was the same as that used by the tobacco industry.
The honest debate on climate change has already taken place. And amongst the honest scientists of the world, there is little doubt that mankind is strangling the planet.
It’s only those whose opinions come attached to a paycheck that can’t see this. And it’s their misinformation and propaganda that hurt free speech.
Chris Porier, Charlotte
Belk tower a part of UNCC student life
In response to “UNCC’s Belk Tower deteriorating, will come down in December” (Oct. 16):
Without a new multi-million dollar tower at UNC Charlotte, students would have no place for relaxation, debate and protest.
I am willing for the taxpayers to pay for a new tower or for the students to borrow more money and pay higher tuition and fees. This is a necessary part of the students’ education.