Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 10.08.15

Luis Arzola
Luis Arzola

Tell me what sensible gun control means

I would ask those who advocate “sensible” or “common sense” gun control measures to stop using buzzwords and instead offer concrete proposals that would work in the real world.

Please spell out exactly what these “sensible” measures are. Explain in detail how they will reduce crime or prevent mass shootings. Explain how they would affect law-abiding citizens without infringing their rights.

Finally, stop demonizing those who have different viewpoints from your own.

If you can do all this, then we can have an intelligent conversation instead of a shouting match.

Luis E. Arzola, Conover

‘Good guy with a gun’ theory has holes

There are many who erroneously believe that the Umpqua Community College in Oregon is a gun-free zone.

Oregon is one of seven states that allow concealed carry permit holders to carry concealed weapons on campus.

In fact, one student on campus at the time of the shooting, John Parker Jr., a veteran, has said he was carrying concealed.

During television interviews Parker said he decided not to take any action that day because he was afraid police wouldn’t know he was the good guy with a gun.

C.G. Kilburn, Pageland, S.C.

Kerrick deserves back pay and more

In response to “City should not settle with Officer Kerrick” (Oct. 7 Forum):

Officer Randall “Wes” Kerrick does deserve his back pay, and then some.

He did his job and it was confirmed by a jury of his peers. He unfortunately got a raw deal from Chief Rodney Monroe.

Unfortunately someone died, but it was his own actions that led to it.

Officer Kerrick should get his back pay and more for being falsely accused and prosecuted.

Mike Metz, Charlotte

Failing to help the hungry unacceptable

In response to “What legislators did – and didn’t – do in 2015 session” (Oct. 1):

Not only did the mean-spiritedness of the N.C. General Assembly hit a high-water mark when lawmakers voted to forbid future waivers of work requirements in order to get food stamps, but they cowardly dumped the provision into the safe cities prohibition bill.

They also neglected to tell us how 100,000 eligible adults are supposed to share the few available jobs, how they can share the 500 SNAP-supported job-training slots, or how they can afford to pay tuition at vocational schools.

Failing to allow the federal food stamp program to help hungry N.C. citizens is an action Gov. Pat McCrory can reverse. Ask him to do so.

Lucille Howard, Charlotte

Boost CMS literacy? Hire more librarians

In response to “CMS seeks volunteers to read with students” (Oct. 7):

I applaud CMS efforts to boost student literacy by inviting volunteers in to read with students.

However, over 30 CMS schools have eliminated an important resource in improving student literacy: school librarians.

A 2012 study in Pennsylvania found that with a full-time librarian, students are more likely to score “advanced” and less likely to score “below basic” on reading and writing tests. Other studies support this finding.

If you believe literacy is important and your child’s school does not employ a full-time, certified school librarian, you may want to ask why.

Lisa Wright, Charlotte

Military intervention a failed strategy

In response to “U.S. military’s responsible, general says” (Oct. 7):

This atrocity, which caused the death of non-combatants, including children and health care workers, diminishes U.S. standing worldwide.

It is obvious by now that military intervention is a failed strategy.

As Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.”

Joe Burton, Raleigh

Harder today to work way through college

In response to “I didn’t let poverty hold me back” (Oct. 5 Forum):

I’m proud Forum writer Walter Hopkins worked his way through college.

Try that in 2015.

Most job applications are online. You must agree to be available whenever the business is open. If you can’t, such as for classes, your application goes in the trash.

If you get the job, you won’t be promised a regular schedule. If your hours conflict with class time, it’s up to you to trade hours with another employee.

If no one can trade? Oh well. Tough luck, buddy.

Betty Hassler, Matthews