Letters to the editor - Monday (1-7-2013)
More gun laws won’t create a paradise
The horror in Connecticut caused our hearts to break and our minds to feel anguish.
If we’re prepared for extreme measures, bring back the worst prisons, asylums and hangings. Otherwise, expect more bloodshed.
Are guns the cause, or a means to prevent crime? Did murder and violence begin with the invention of guns, or are guns more a means of defense? Do guns create more crime than they prevent? With an estimated 20-30 million guns in the U.S., you do the math, with under 50,000 murders annually.
Would banning guns work? On the same day 20 children were shot, 33 more were stabbed and slashed in China.
Armed guards and armed teachers have worked in much more violent areas for the Israelis, why not here? We have sky marshals; why not school marshals?
If all laws worked, the U.S. would be a paradise. In three of the most recent shootings, guns were stolen in two cases and acquired illegally in the third. We don’t need more laws that can easily be broken.
New York’s despotic Mayor Bloomberg wails for more gun laws but ignores those he proposed that are already federal law. Under his very nose, another liberal, “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory, baited the NRA leader while holding a 30-round magazine that it was illegal to possess in New York. Gregory and NBC knowingly violated the very ban they advocated. How’s that for a double standard of lawlessness with intent and premeditation?
A friend related years back that in his wilder, younger days, his father (a judge) took him aside and said: “Boy, what’s wrong with you? If you’re crazy, I’m going to get you some help. If you’re mean, I’m going to send you go to jail.”
Such an attitude still remains the best answer to our ongoing problems!
— W.F. Owens
Carson team is tops
I noticed one glaring omission in sports editor Ronnie Gallagher’s Top 10 sports stories of the year review.
The Jesse Carson High School women’s volleyball team achieved something no other team has accomplished in the school’s short history or the county’s long history: bringing home the 2012 N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A state volleyball runner-Up trophy. Sixteen young ladies competed to achieve something that some say in this county was only a pipe dream. This was accomplished in spite of the fact that our school system chooses not to offer volleyball in the middle school, as is done in surrounding counties. These ladies have become skilled in the sport by dedicating their own time and resources.
The team finished with an outstanding 35-4 record, second in the mighty North Piedmont Conference regular season, conference tournament champions, and the NCHSAA Western Region champions. Four ladies were named to the all-conference team and eight to the all-county team.
As for the coverage, it was poor at best. In the article in question, Mr. Gallagher points out that Coach Myers, Salisbury tennis coach, has 400-plus wins in his illustrious career, only to be eclipsed by West Rowan’s Mike Gurley. Coach Myers is also eclipsed by Carson’s volleyball coach, Kelan Rogers, who achieved his 500th win this season, which the Post staff covered. On Dec. 24, the “small” city paper down the road named Kelan Rogers the Observer All-Region Coach of the Year and senior Aimee Cloninger the Observer All-Region Player of the Year. Neither of these achievements was mentioned in the Post.
For my money, the Jesse Carson High School volleyball team was THE sports story of 2012. They are the best public 3A high school volleyball team in the state of North Carolina!
— Gary Elmore
Steeper cliff ahead
I trust I’m not the only person in Rowan County who’s blown away by what happened in Washington, D.C., on New Year’s Eve. It’s scary what is coming down the road for our country. Sharia law is coming full force. Michael Seidman, a liberal Georgetown law professor, wants us to get rid of the Constitution.
School shootings gave Obama fuel for banning guns. He plans to raise the penalties for law-abiding citizens who are caught with a gun near a school. Notice he’s not telling his Secret Service agents to get rid of their guns, nor should he. Guns save lives. Selfish Hollywood celebrities tell the rest of us we shouldn’t be allowed to own guns to protect our families. But they’ll keep their armed bodyguards, thank you very much.
The government sent a PETA agent to the Hemingway Museum to assess the health of its cats (in 2005). There are 10 F-16 new fighter jets and 200 tanks being given to the Muslim Brotherhood-led government in Egypt, while our own troops face budget cuts. Hurricane Sandy’s victims are still without homes, electricity and food, while billionaire Mayor Bloomberg ignores their needs.
Obama vacationed in Hawaii after pushing the fiscal cliff bill. It was loaded with $40 million in entitlements, such as importing Rum from Puerto Rico, growing algae, and other such foolishness. Al Gore is getting $100 million for selling his Current TV network to Al-Jazeera, which is anti-American and was Bin Laden’s favorite station. Hamas is still calling for the destruction of Israel.
May God continue to bless America, and I hope people will wake up. Everybody, Democrats and Republicans alike, needs to get on their knees and ask God to forgive them for the apathy and sin we’ve allowed to take over our nation. We are approaching a cliff much more dangerous than the fiscal cliff we just faced.
— Doloris Pender