Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 06.01.15

Expect dramatic change if N.C. gun bill passes

Own a business and don’t want employees or customers bringing guns on your property? You won’t have a choice if N.C. House Bill 562 passes.

Reps. Jacqueline Schaffer, Justin Burr, George Cleveland, and John Faircloth want to sacrifice your personal property rights in favor of the NRA’s goal of guns everywhere.

Don’t want someone with a concealed carry permit carrying a concealed gun into your store, factory, church, or home? You’ll have to post a sign at every entrance.

Want to pass a regulation in your county or town concerning carrying a concealed handgun? HB 562 says no.

Think armed, sworn deputies in the courts provide ample security? Schaffer and company want the judge, district attorney and assistant DAs, magistrate, clerk, and register of deeds armed.

Welcome to Crazytown.

Rufus Honeycutt


In response to “When Marley high-fived Officer Evett” (May 29 Opinion):

Let the story of the Cox and Evett families stir the rest of us to act

Peter St. Onge’s inspirational column about the Cox and Evett families made me remember the incredible Joe Martin and how he persistently encouraged each of us to reach out to one another, “someone completely new to our table.”

Mr. Martin and his remarkable efforts are truly missed! Perhaps the story of the Cox and Evett families can stir us into engagement.

Susan Sechrest Keever


In response to “I can solve the gay marriage debate” (May 29 Viewpoint):

Society needs those ‘social engineers in robes’ to end bigotry, injustice

Sometimes society finds itself in great need of those who wear robes in order to end discrimination, injustice and bigotry.

And if you’re going to invoke “the Founders’ logic,” you’d do well to remember that they established three branches of government for a pretty good reason.

Arnie Grieves


In response to “FIFA leaders nabbed in raid” (May 28):

It’s a waste of U.S. tax dollars to investigate sports organizations

Somebody please explain to me how our government can justify spending millions of our tax dollars investigating FIFA shenanigans and NFL, NBA and MLB athletes’ drug use.

I don’t care if it’s steroids, LSD or whatever. If the governing organizations can’t or don’t care to deal with it, that’s perfectly fine with me.

But it’s not a problem that I have any interest in paying good money to try to solve.

William F. Burns Jr.


In response to “McCrory vetoes wedding opt-out” (May 29):

Refreshing to see a politician act out of principle, wish others did the same

Although Gov. Pat McCrory opposes homosexual marriage, he rightly vetoed legislation that would allow magistrates to avoid performing such marriages based on personal religious beliefs.

It is refreshing to see a politician who refuses to use the end to justify the means.

If only liberal media outlets like the Observer would similarly act out of principle and quit endorsing liberal abuses, such as refusing to carry out existing laws, including executive actions providing amnesty to illegal immigrants.

Steven P. Nesbit


In response to “Tensions rise over county board prayer” (May 19):

Commissioner Cotham left false impression about Catholics and prayer

The writer is founder and president of Catholic Scripture Study International.

I was saddened to read that Mecklenburg County commissioner Pat Cotham said Catholics don’t pray in public and that “Catholics say rote prayers.”

The first statement is simply false and the latter leaves the impression that memorized prayers are insincere and mechanical.

Despite Ms. Cotham’s erroneous comments, Vilma Leake’s attack on her was indefensible.

Vocal prayer is commendable, but some Christians prefer to pray privately and that is a scripturally sound position. Christ warned against public prayer as an exercise in false piety. (Mt. 6:1; 6:6)

Gail Buckley