Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 06.23.15

Scott Mullis
Scott Mullis

In response to “You won’t do anything!” (June 22 Forum):

We need more unity, not more gun laws

Appropriate gun permit background checks are the first line of defense for law abiding citizens – the real trick is how to deter the acquisition of guns by evildoers. The NRA, which I am not affiliated with, is only supporting our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

No one I know can change history. However, change happens when people understand the nuts and bolts of an issue without inflaming a community. All races have many things in common – we live on one planet together, have red blood and breathe air to survive. And if you are lucky enough to live in the United States you are allowed to speak your peace – a 1st Amendment right. Let’s protect this great country and stop trying to divide it.

Scott Mullis


In response to “Experts: Roof could have purchased gun legally in S.C. (June 20):

More guns won’t make our public places any safer

Paul Valone says, “What we see yet again is an example of what we have seen with other mass homicides … another sociopath drawn into a victim disarmament zone.” I disagree. Most of us just want our right to go to public places, and don’t want to be packing “just in case.” The solution is not more guns.

Laura Reich


Charleston shooting suspect deserves only our scorn

Damn you to hell Dylann Storm Roof. Damn you for trying to put a wedge between my neighbor who makes the best greens this side of heaven and myself. Damn you for trying to hurt my friend who I wish would have trained my boys with manners as beautiful as hers.

I don’t care what excuse is made for you. Whatever label is used, I say damn you to hell. You and your sick kind will not win. My love for my friends and their families and friends is far greater than your hatred.

Justine Koch


Stop calling all hyper-violent criminals mentally ill

Being racist, hate-filled, bigoted, or stupid are not the thought disorders of diagnosable mental illness. They are character defects, the same as being, grumpy, short-tempered, selfish, greedy, or stand-offish. Mentally ill people have no control over having their illness. Calling everyone who does a terrible thing mentally ill is a gross injustice to the truly mentally ill.

E.T. Shafer

Seven Devils, N.C.

Despite shooting, our world contains more good than bad

Some people may ask where was God during the massacre at Emanuel AME Church. Most assuredly, God was in the response to this evil act.

Amazingly, relatives of victims have spoken of forgiveness. Thankfully, there is more good than bad in the world, and in most people, if we look for it.

Neil Williams

Pawleys Island, S.C.

Fast-track trade helps big companies, hurts U.S. workers

Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan supports fast track international trade because “Ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers don’t live in America.” Which is exactly why corporations and their investors salivate at the thought of it.

Those who work for a living shouldn’t want it because 95 percent of the world’s people work for much less than Americans do.

If multinational corporations had their way, the cheap 95 percent of the world’s workers would supply 100 percent of the world’s consumers.

Chuck Kelly


Twelve years of education should yield college degree

We talk about angry young men, yet we graduate them from high school as unskilled labor. I would be angry too. In twelve years they should be graduated with a college degree or at least an employable skill.

Grade school should be grades one through four, high school should be five through eight, and nine through twelve a college degree.

James Mulcahy