Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 12.15.15

Repeal the Dickey Amendment on guns

In response to “I’m still waiting for proof that gun control works” (Dec. 13 Opinion):

Until the Dickey Amendment, a 19-year-old law banning any federal research on gun violence, is repealed, we are unlikely to come up with a definitive answer. This ban has prevented federal researchers from conducting any comprehensive studies on what causes gun violence, and what can be done to prevent it.

Recently, members of Congress and Doctors for America presented a petition signed by more than 2,000 physicians in all 50 states requesting an end to the restriction. It doesn’t matter where you stand on gun control. What matters is that this country has the opportunity to bring robust scientific data into the debate on gun violence, informing strategies to bring an end to these needless killings.

Andrea Dulin, Charlotte

Statistics tell us gun control works

The barrage of pseudo-statistics from the gun lobby has confused columnist Cynthia Allen as to the role of guns in our intolerable level of gun violence.

A study from Boston University School of Public Health is the latest to demonstrate a statistically conclusive relationship between the presence of firearms and gun deaths and injuries. The risk of gun violence significantly increases for the gun owner, friends and relatives – not for strangers.

Responsible regulation of firearms works. Every other developed country has meaningful regulation of firearms, and every other developed country has substantially fewer deaths and injuries from gunfire.

Richard J. Osborne, Charlotte

Charlotte’s buildings need some character

In response to “Designers to blame for uninspiring developments” (Dec. 12 Opinion):

Kudos to Charlotte architect David Furman for his call for developers and designers to create buildings we will be proud of in the future instead of the cheapest at the moment, especially in apartments and condos where much of the worst examples are. Let’s make this a world class city and raise the artistic bar for all our citizens!

Rosalie Reynolds, Charlotte

Things worth saving on Wilkinson Blvd.

In response to “Developers look to west Charlotte for next boom” (Dec. 13):

Rob Pressley and Dez MacSorley should be credited for seeing the potential offered by Wilkinson Boulevard and making the decision to “pioneer” the movement to the area.

Still, it should be noted that there is a need for the goods and services offered by the junkyards, old retail buildings and industrial properties described in the article.

Mr. Pressley and Ms. MacSorley, do not be so eager to tear down and remake Wilkinson Boulevard. You might need some of those establishments someday, and it may be interesting to learn just who owns the buildings. Might be some of your buddies.

Richard Cochran, Indian Trail

High Point president deserves his high pay

In response to “High Point University perks are excessive” (Dec. 13 Forum):

High Point University President Dr. Nido Qubein is worthy of being among the highest-paid in the nation. He has helped transform a small regional college into a state of the art university in just 10 years. My child is a freshman at High Point. So far, High Point has exceeded my expectations in every way. The program is unique and student-centered. I encourage Forum writer Frank Bradshaw to visit the campus and see the wonderful things happening there.

Leigh Fischer, Charlotte

Look out: student debt relief coming

Taxpayers, be forewarned and brace yourselves for the next government bailout and fiscal fiasco coming from the current Administration and Congress: student debt forgiveness!

For those who worked hard, saved money and sacrificed to provide for their children’s education, many others will once again get a free ride at your expense. At stake is $1,300,000,000,000 ($1.3 trillion) of debt which will be a factor next year as politicians make a play for these voters via this program.

Ed Carlson, Charlotte

Where the wise men’s gold went

In response to Kevin Siers cartoon (Dec. 13 Opinion):

The wise men came from the east. Therefore they spent their money on the Independence Boulevard toll lanes. But they were warned not to go back from whence they came, so they were stuck in traffic on I-485 because they could not afford the toll lanes there as they had used their gifts.

Lee West, Mint Hill