Stop accepting NRA blood money
In response to “Expelled student kills 17 in Florida high school shooting” (Feb. 15):
I’m paraphrasing one of the parents of a student at the Florida school where the latest shooting occurred: Each one of you politicians who accept blood money from the NRA is a spineless coward. And I’ll add to it… You put yourself and your greedy ambitions ahead of the well-being of U.S. citizens.
B.J. Butler, Cornelius
Gun control? No, society must change
We didn’t have mass shootings when we were kids. We also didn’t have parents who both worked long hours, social media, the Internet, graphic video games, increasingly violent movies, sex everywhere you look, and excessively medicated children.
We did have guns.
So, what really needs to change?
Catherine Stout, Indian Trail
Our schools need metal detectors
Where is our common sense? Why on earth don’t we install metal detectors that everyone who enters a school must walk through?
Would that detect guns? Duh!
Experts say metal detectors can accurately detect the presence of most types of firearms and knives. Unfortunately, a metal detector cannot distinguish between a gun and a large metal belt buckle. But, better to have to check a belt buckle than discover a gun or knife!
Anna-Louise Long, Charlotte
Thanks for respecting my view on guns
Thanks for respecting my view on guns
In response to “How my trip to the shooting range changed how I think about gun owners” (Feb. 15 Opinion):
I would like to thank Nicolas Coleman for his op-ed column. It is rare to find people who rationally approach controversial subjects of which they don’t have first-hand knowledge.
In a day where Second Amendment advocates such as myself are often criticized and misunderstood, Mr. Coleman has chosen to learn more about the subject, in turn, learning to respect the rights and viewpoints of those who disagree with his personal convictions.
If only everyone on both sides of every controversial issue could learn to approach opposing viewpoints in this way.
Elizabeth Nervegna, Harrisburg
I’ve got an idea for Trump’s parade
What if they had a (poorly-conceived) parade and nobody came – including TV and the press?
Kay Lane, Charlotte
My idea of a parade differs from Trump’s
Flag-bearers and color guards, drum majors, baton twirlers, high school bands, veterans, ROTC units, and middle-aged men in fezzes driving tiny cars – that’s what American parades look like.
Missiles and tanks and masses of soldiers – those are earmarks of parades in Russia, Nazi Germany, and North Korea! Perhaps President Trump would enjoy a little goose-stepping.
Dennis Garrity, Huntersville
Charlotte needs that housing bond
In response to “Apartments sold to investor instead of housing nonprofit” (Feb. 9):
Charlotte’s growth is burning up affordable housing! The city’s pledge to build or renovate 5,000 units does not measure the net loss created by apartment sales and gentrification.
Traditional strategies of building mixed-income projects that can take three years to reach the built stage are worthwhile, but ill-equipped to preserve current affordable stock.
There is also a pressing need for local housing vouchers for use with existing rentals to make up the difference between market rate rents and tenants’ ability to pay.
Our community needs to support the Opportunity Task Force’s recommendation of a $50 million housing bond that is well-focused and rapidly implemented.
John Divine, Charlotte
A penthouse for the Beverly Hillbillies?
In response to “Uptown’s newest apartment costs an eye-popping $15K per month” (Feb. 9):
A friend of mine could never understand my love for The Beverly Hillbillies. He would say no one that stupid should have that much money.
Fast forward to reality: How can anyone justify $15,037 per month on rent? That’s right, rent, not a mortgage payment.
At least the Clampett family owned its mansion. At the end of the year this profligate spender will have wasted $180,444 on rent and not paying down a mortgage. As Rod Stewart sings: “He’s got a lot more money than sense.”
Robert E. Cassell Jr., Charlotte