Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 04.30.15

In response to “Proposal would ease N.C. gun rules” (April 29):

I’ll ask about guns even if it means jail

As a physician, if proposed legislation that would prohibit doctors from asking patients if they have a gun in their home is passed, I will not follow it.

If I suspect that a patient who leaves my office has access to a firearm with intention of using it on himself or someone else, I will contact police.

I hope N.C. legislators can see the shortsightedness of what I suspect is either an NRA, or an ALEC-engineered, piece of legislation.

Please use your God-given powers of discretion and common sense to defeat this poorly thought out bill.

Otherwise, plan on visiting me and perhaps many other physicians in jail.

Fred W. Caudill


In response to “Protesters, police clash during Baltimore curfew” (April 29) and related articles:

Peaceful protests, restraint will draw out the truth

Thanks to the Baltimore mother who pulled her son out of the riot when she recognized him. Would that more parents acted so responsibly and courageously.

Such rioting, anywhere in America, is not helpful to the cause of civil rights, or “honoring” dead black men, or respecting the wishes of survivors’ families.

There is “a more perfect way” as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. showed us 60 years ago.

Joe Sutterlin


Riots OK for white sports fans, but black rioters are ‘thugs’?

For days there were peaceful protests demanding answers to what happened to Freddie Gray while in Baltimore police custody.

Mention of that was minimal. Yet, the minute youth express their outrage over Mr. Gray’s death and not being told how or why his spine was almost severed, the right-wing propaganda machine cranks up its noise machine with terms like “animals,” “thugs” and “criminals.”

Where was the very same narrative when mostly white crowds rioted, turned over cars, and started fires simply because their favorite sports team won or lost a championship game? They did the same thing, including clashing with police.

Why are they not described as animals, thugs or criminals?

Eddie Simelton


In response to “The Obamacare deniers” (April 28 Viewpoint):

Krugman’s flaw: He pushes big government policies that fail

For Paul Krugman to point out that refusing to accept responsibility for past errors is a character flaw has to be the joke of the year.

He has made a fantastic living trying to sell statist policies and big government interventionism. And when such policies are enacted, they fail miserably here and all over the world.

He has proven that none are so blind as those who will not see.

Ben Fletcher


In response to “N.C. Senate panel backs easing debt collection rules” (April 29):

Legislation will spur harsh treatment by debt collectors

Firms that buy and collect bad debt are bottom feeders and they know it. They will use harsh tactics to try to collect this debt.

As a retired banker who worked problem loans for several years, I can state that most debtors are simply unable to pay, not that they willfully refuse to pay.

Removing the ability for the debtor to determine what he/she owes and why is unfair.

But when was fairness ever an issue to our current elected representatives?

Lin Robinson


In response to “Report finds no ‘direct evidence’ of retaliation” (April 29):

City must regain public trust; give Eschert her job back

There is no denying it, Crystal Eschert was fired for being a whistleblower and should be reinstated to her job as an inspector.

The fact that two recently released independent reports mention the climate of fear in the Charlotte Fire Department seems to support this.

The fire chief, city manager and City Council should do the right thing and reinstate Ms. Eschert. Only then will the department begin to rebuild public trust.

Augie E. Beasley