Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 09.02.15

Clinton offers up a meaningless dodge

As a former federal prosecutor and defense attorney I’ve had access to classified information.

Hillary Clinton’s lawyerly mantra that she neither sent nor received emails “marked classified at the time” is a legally meaningless dodge.

Emails containing classified information are classified by definition, whether or not they are “marked classified.”

If I had done what Ms. Clinton has done, I would have been prosecuted, and I would have been guilty. It’s as simple as that.

Kenneth D. Bell, Charlotte

After-the-fact attack on Clinton unfair

Let’s just say you have always made a left turn at the corner of Main Street and First Avenue.

Now, the Department of Transportation has determined after video surveillance that it is dangerous to do so and will be forbidden.

Therefore, they will be reviewing the videotape and issuing tickets to all who have made left turns.

Not fair you say! Hillary Clinton agrees with you.

E.T. Shafer, Seven Devils

Easy fix: Color code those I-485 signs

In response to “Navigating I-485 can be a bit tricky,” (Aug. 31):

It’s not very logical to expect all local drivers, as well as visitors, to have a visual map of the city in their heads as a prerequisite for driving on I-485.

Color code the destinations: Red for Huntersville, Yellow for Matthews, and Green for Pineville.

Every time there is a choice of which way to go towards any of these destinations, color code the directional arrow and city the same color.

It might also help at the corner of Queens and Queens.

Diane MacLean, Charlotte

Just one question for Gov. McCrory

In response to “Gov. McCrory distances himself from full-page ad for religious event” (Sept. 1):

Gov. McCrory – What is it about “separation of church and state” that you do not understand?

Barbara Ziegler, Charlotte

Yes, move on from toll road debate

In response to “Nix the naysayers. Bring on toll lanes!” (Aug. 31 Forum):

The writer is married to Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain.

Kudos to Forum writer Brian Buckley for encouraging state and local politicians to get behind something they can actually change.

I don’t want to pay tolls to drive on I-77. I also do not like paying income and property taxes, water fees, etc., but I accept them.

Why not instead use your time and office to promote the Red Line? Reduce wasteful government spending? Improve education?

These won’t get your name in the news as often, but are much more useful.

Dan Swain, Huntersville

Walton got a building; name road after Orr

A county building was named after former county commissioner Bob Walton. He may have done good things for the county, but he was arrested and went to jail for assaulting a teenager in a sexual encounter.

Jerry Orr only fought with the City and they ran him off. So name the road after Mr. Orr.

Bill Lane, Polkville

Need for sensible gun laws evident

The “no regulation of guns” crowd says we will all be safer if everyone is carrying so they can be ready to defend against an attacker.

But the recent murder of the sheriff’s deputy in Texas points up the fallacy of that argument. Even with a law man’s gun available to him, the deputy was shot in the back while pumping gas.

And how about the cameraman and reporter in Virginia? Should TV reporters broadcasting in the open set up a defensive perimeter of armed guards like a squad of Marines?

Having lost more Americans to internal gun violence since the ’60s than as casualties in all our wars, maybe it is time for some sensible regulation.

Ed Hinson, Charlotte

Enforce current laws; stop glamorizing guns

In response to “For Alison, I commit to sane gun laws,” (Sept. 1 Viewpoint):

Andy Parker’s commitment to have more stringent gun control is heart-wrenching and totally understandable.

Hollywood seems hell-bent on glorifying guns and blood-spurting movies in theaters and television. Computer companies now produce one gun laden, blood-soaked game after another, accessible to adults and kids alike.

Laws already on the books, as to who is eligible to get a gun, should be more vigorously enforced, while it has become paramount to stop Hollywood and computer games from glamorizing use of guns.

Barry Marshall, Charlotte