Letters to the editor - Saturday (9-29-2012)
Kannapolis misses mark on weapons
Regarding Kannapolis' recent decision to ban concealed-carry weapons from some areas of city parks:
Concealed-carry weapons should not be banned from Kannapolis city parks or any other parks. It is not the concealed-carry permit holders who are the problem; it is the criminals. If a criminal comes into the park with an AK assault rife with the intention of killing as many people as possible just for the heck of it, I hope that a CCW permit holder is there to protect my family and me, as well as himself.
I am a 65-year-old mother and grandmother with a CCW permit, and I hope and pray that I never have to use my weapon against anyone. But with today's violent world, I can't see that being a reality. If Kannapolis wants to ban something, ban the criminals.
I feel safer being in the presence of a CCW permit holder, and I wish there were more of them.
- Connie Swicegood
I'm with Boy Scout Troop 448, and I want to thank the people of Salisbury for their donation of support to our troop.
I was able to have the opportunity to help dismantle airplane parts and wings that were donated for aluminum so we can sell it for "wampum," which is Scout money. People can also donate aluminum cans to us. We can use the proceeds for trips like backpacking, skiing and other activities.
I would like to thank the people of Salisbury for making donations and buying popcorn last year. I was able to go to Camp John J. Barnhart for summer camp.
I want to go skiing and to visit the USS Yorktown this year, so I need wampum to help pay for it.
- Mark Baker
No vote for Kissell
Richard Hudson and Larry Kissell represent two stark choices for voters in the 8th District. Some local media accounts have described Hudson and Kissell as "in agreement" on the issues, but that couldn't be further from the truth. When Larry Kissell is being honest with who he is and the policies he supports, it is obvious the two candidates don't agree on much.
In Monday's debate I was shocked to hear Larry Kissell claim over and over again that he is against stealing from Social Security, against bankrupting Medicare, and against harming our seniors. His voting record couldn't prove more different.
Since the news about redistricting came about, I have watched Larry Kissell closely, to see if his positions on the issues would change. Sure enough, Kissell started talking more conservative, no doubt to pander to the new Republicans entering the district (like here in Rowan County).
Folks in Rowan County can see right through what Larry Kissell is trying to do. The voters must not be fooled into thinking he will stand up for them. The best thing that could happen for this district would be his defeat.
- Kathy Yost