Letters to the Editor

If you don’t want your guns taken away, take charge of the problem

Better regulations for guns needed

Ben Sharpton
Ben Sharpton

Another deadly shooting takes innocent lives. Gun rights activists shout, “you can’t take our guns” but nothing gets done. Instead of complaining about the possibility of losing your guns, go to the source of the problem and work to prevent those who shouldn’t have guns from getting one in the first place.

Support gun registration, background checks, gun education, etc. Don’t give anyone a reason to take your guns. Be proactive.

Ben Sharpton, Waxhaw

A voter ID card is the best solution

In response to “Skip photo ID to vote; opt for a more modern technology” (Sept. 7 Opinion)

Requiring a picture ID to vote sounds like a common sense idea but it’s been reported that many North Carolinians do not have a suitable picture ID and it could be difficult or expensive for them to get one.

Therefore, if it’s so important to have a picture ID to vote, I say everyone would need to get a new, state-issued picture voter ID card to vote. A driver’s license or any other document would not be a valid ID to vote. Let’s see if support for voter ID changes with the thought of everyone having to stand in line at the DMV.

George Evanoff, Midland

Genuine voters could be denied their right

My wife, who no longer drives, went through the hassle of getting a voter ID card. She is convinced the picture is not of her but of some man. Photo ID is not a good way of identifying people and will lead to delays and confusion when voting.

The potential also exists that objections to photo identities could lead to denying legitimate voters the right to vote. Since voter fraud is virtually nonexistent in North Carolina, why would we confuse the issue by passing the voter picture identification amendment?

Larry Bennett, Charlotte

Kneeling is a respectful protest

There are lots of uninformed people speaking about athletes taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem. Many say it’s a sign of disrespect, but is it really? What’s wrong with kneeling? Kneeling as a sign of respect has been with us throughout history.

Ever been to a Catholic church? Upon entering you are expected to genuflect (go down briefly on one knee like the athletes do). Catholics kneel throughout a large percentage of the service, especially at the most sacred parts of the liturgy.

So if kneeling is the preferred sign of respect for God, why is it so bad to kneel for the flag? Even if the athlete kneels for his own reasons, it is still a decent, acceptable act. It’s hard to find disrespect in an action that has a long history of being respectful. Who says standing is the only way?

Kenneth Schemmel, Cornelius

Florida shooting is awful for all involved

The attack at the Madden video game tournament in Florida was unacceptable, not only from the perspective of a humanist but also as a gamer. This entire event offends and disturbs me very deeply.

There shouldn’t be any reason for a person to take something like a loss on a video game to the extent where they would end someone’s life. This is the exact thing that gaming did not need when being considered as more of an actual sport and staking its place not only in pop culture but in the mainstream media.

This tragedy shows not only that we need to raise more awareness about mental health but that we need to be kinder to others.

John Paul Goodwin, Charlotte

Cam shows his worth for the Panthers

In response to “After this, I think it’s time for Cam to go” (Sept. 7 Forum):

Tom Spencer Waxhaw
Tom Spencer

Cam Newton is the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 30 touchdowns and rush for at least 10 in the same season.

He won the league MVP award. He has more rushing touchdowns than any quarterback in NFL history and is only player in NFL history to have at least 20,000 yards passing and 3,000 yards rushing in his first six seasons.

And Cam’s game is average?

It would seem what Forum writer Floyd Prophet would like the Panthers to move on from is a player whose views on social justice differ from his own.

Tom Spencer, Waxhaw