Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 08.31.15

Follow Wal-Mart lead, ban assault rifles

In response to “Wal-Mart won’t sell assault rifles” (Aug. 27):

Good for Wal-Mart for deciding to stop the sale of assault rifles.

In terms of capacity to inflict damage, today’s assault weapons are the equivalent in fire power to the cannons of 200-plus years ago. I find it impossible to believe the Founding Fathers had in mind granting the general public the right to own and use cannons.

Congress: This has nothing to do with Second Amendment rights, and it’s neither tough nor complicated. Pass legislation to ban assault weapons entirely.

Dan Laurent, Charlotte

Dig deeper to find a fix for murder rate

When an epidemic occurs, when wildfires consume the West, when a terrible car or train wreck occurs, when a building or bridge collapses... No one has to think about what to do or how to do it when it comes to fixing the problem. People rush to help without a moment’s hesitation.

Why, then, can’t we fix the murder rate attributed to guns? Lots of blame and finger-pointing, lots of accusations and excuses. No solution yet.

Jon Schuller, Charlotte

Don’t name airport road after Jerry Orr

In response to O-pinion “Is it too soon for Jerry Orr Boulevard?” (Aug. 28):

As a puppet for US Airways, Jerry Orr gutted the airport of most competition and bequeathed to Charlotte the highest airfares around.

Recently, a relative visiting Charlotte saved $200 flying in and out of Raleigh.

Instead of flying from CLT, we drove to Philadelphia for a trip to Europe. After paying for parking and gas we saved $1,000.

Outside of a coal-ash dump site, there will never be a good time to name anything around these parts after Jerry Orr.

Albert So, Charlotte

Levines leading a crucial, timely charge

In response to “Levines give $3M to help mental health” (Aug. 27):

I was delighted to read that the Leon Levine Foundation has chosen to support behavioral health services in our city.

As an addiction psychiatrist, I am well aware of the critical need for such support. Some of the most common mental health disorders I see are substance use disorders, i.e. alcoholism and drug addiction. The CDC has designated we are in the grips of a heroin epidemic, and recent events in the news demonstrate our city has not been spared.

There is a significant and pervasive overlap between drug addiction and other mental health disorders.

The Levine Foundation is leading the charge to increase treatment services for people with mental health problems.

Chris Lord, Charlotte

System rigged? No, but it sure is broken

In response to “No Dems, the American system is not rigged” (Aug. 28 Viewpoint):

We have expectations, history and experience that form what we believe/fear will happen.

We react to life and conflict based on those alone, rather than what’s unfolding in front of us.

I’m no different, but I want my government leaders to be!

And they should be, but we’re not even expecting it of them because we simply want them to express what we already believe.

We are so blind to anything but our own opinions that we can’t even recognize better or truer ones.

So Cass Sunstein, the system may not be rigged, but we are so broken that we are today’s and tomorrow’s losers.

B.J. Butler, Charlotte

Hot-button issues derailing election

It appears the core issues needing to be addressed by candidates in this election will be trumped by emotionally charged moral issues.

The debate surrounding Planned Parenthood and other social/moral topics have, once again, taken center stage while core issues that need to be addressed regarding our economy and government will go without discussion.

It is sad our attention is so easily distracted.

Dick Brolin, Cornelius

To beat ISIS engage more MidEast troops

In response to “U.S. must take out ISIS once and for all” (Aug. 28 Forum):

Just how many flag-draped coffins returning to our shores would be acceptable to these war-hawks?

What they fail to realize is that the MidEast countries concerned about ISIS – nations like Turkey, Egypt, the well-armed Saudis, and others – have a combined force of about 5 million men.

Just use 10 percent of those forces, not our boys, and they can destroy the ISIS army in two weeks.

Joseph Pepe, Charlotte