Letters to the Editor

Acknowledging a real threat isn’t Islamophobic

Keith Brittain
Keith Brittain

It’s not Islamophobia, there’s a real threat

In response to “A double standard exists with terrorism” (Nov. 3 Forum):

Mr. Hough labels the president’s, and most Americans’, reactions to these murders and maimings as “Islamophobia.” Like Nidal Hasan (murdered 13) and almost countless Islamists before him, Sayfullo Saipov shouted “Allahu Akbar” when he murdered eight innocents in New York last week. He then wanted to celebrate by flying the Islamic State flag in his hospital room. To acknowledge this jihadist threat isn’t “racist,” or “Islamophobic,” just self preservation.

Keith T. Brittain, Pineville

No matter how you spin it, do something

OK, Trump says it’s not a gun problem but a mental health issue. So, what are you going to do about it?

Timothy Weeks, Fort Mill

Civilians really don’t need assault rifles

Once again we are faced with a horrific event and tragic loss of life! There is no reason a private citizen needs to own a military assault-style rifle and preventing that would not impinge on citizens ability to protect themselves. When will Congress step up with the courage to put an end to the NRA’s control over reasonable gun restrictions? Yes, mental health issues are real and need addressing, but first let’s get assault rifles out of the hands of the general population. Make the insanity stop!

Kathie Peterson,


Guns will be the death of America

America’s mental illness ... ever-evolving, high-tech murder machines in the hands of the incompetent, incapable and unstable people.

Our demise as an alleged civilized society will come with a mass “shoot-out at the OK Corral.”

When the smoke settles, the rest of the world will will not be surprised. We are correctly viewed as a violent society, obsessed with guns. A nation of gun-toting Dirty Harrys. Riddled with increasingly frequent and devastating mass murders, and other gun-inflicted death and misery.

Desensitized to the most abhorrent human behavior, we devolve to apes dressed in clothes. This “new normal” is anything but normal.

Is there any gun-inflicted atrocity revolting enough to motivate us to reverse this?

Lee Fluke, Charlotte

Trump supporters will stay loyal

In response to “It ought to be ‘game over’ for Sessions” (Nov. 5 Forum):

We have a president who has been recorded saying he can sexually assault a woman without recourse. We have multiple cabinet members either under investigation or forced to resign due to questionable actions on their part. I’ve finally realized it doesn’t matter to those who support Trump. They will support him no matter what, either ignoring the action for “the bigger picture” or just assuming it’s all fake to begin with.

As long as he’s a tool for implementing the far-right agenda, he can drown puppies on the front lawn of the White House on live TV, and it won’t matter.

Charles Fortanbary,


#MeToo really is intersectional

In response to “A different dimension of #metoo” (Nov. 6 Opinion):

Contributing editor Tiffany Capers accurately nails the intersectionality of abuses based on gender and race that dominate 2017 headlines. Both sexism and racism remain largely in our American blind spot – we still often put those “so-called implicit biases” in quotes, as though they weren’t quite real.

Thanks for the needed reminder more than 50 years after Dr. King famously said, “until all are free, none are free.”

Dr. Tish Stoker Signet, Davidson

Still waiting to see Trump’s tax returns

Listened to President Trump on the news telling us how wonderful the new tax plan will be. Speaking of which, when is he going to release his tax returns? Or is that another dead issue in his plan to make America great again?

David Loughran, Indian Trail

Don’t nix the Adoption Tax Credit

My wife and I are in the process of trying to adopt, and the Adoption Tax Credit is a huge reason we are able to do so. This credit will have a huge impact on whether we can afford to adopt or not. The new tax law is looking to get rid of this credit altogether. Because of the costs associated with adopting, this would affect the placement of needy children into loving homes that want to care for them.

Ryan Hensley, Stanley