Talkback: What online readers say about …
… A question about reactions to Trump
Trump is damaging his party, and causing more people to consider the Democratic opposition. If I were a Republican, that would bring near-apocalyptic fear.
— Jeff Morris
Trump represents the mindset of about 40 percent of all Republicans. It’s blame, fear, bigotry and hate directed at minorities. The GOP preys on these emotions and convinces simple minded middle class Americans to vote against their better economic interests.
The Republicans have to support him or he’ll run as a third party. That would be a catastrophic blow to the 2016 elections.
— Carl Prine
You need to ask yourself a question. How is Donald wowin’ them in the South? The smart mouth New Yorker coming into the mom n’ pop and getting taken to the cleaners is a staple of Southern comedy. Yet the Donald packs ‘em in.
— Stephen Owen
… Rebranding firm researching Rowan
Will the study be available for the public to view?
— Edie Edie
Yes. The entire study and implementation plan for the new brand will be shared with the public both online and in hard copy.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau will encourage broad-based engagement and sharing during the branding development process, especially with community surveys in January and more importantly during the implementation of the new brand.
Authentic North Carolina
… 13th Amendment a milestone to remember
Yes, racism is still rampant today; how else can anyone explain the position that blacks cannot rise above a minimum-wage job or become law-abiding citizens? This is every bit as racist as the KKK, or even as the slave-holders of old.
… Then again, when your position is that blacks aren’t smart enough to get a voter ID card or stand in line at the polls, labeling it “voter suppression,” that pretty much says it all.
— Steve Pender
Locking the descendants of slaves into economic slavery/poverty, massive incarceration, lynch mob-style government-sponsored wrongful killings — we have a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and work to end any possible form or resemblance of slavery. Any righteous and fair-minded individual should be able to see there is “unfinished work to do.” And for those who can not see it, if you would just open your mind, we can open your eyes. As Jesus Christ has said, there is “sight for the blind.”
— Curtis Gatewood
… Popular German store may be coming to Salisbury
— Eric Shock
Costco — we want a Costco!
— Leigh Ann Fink
Publix needed. We already have Aldis and my research says this other one is no different.
— Mary Lynn Connor
I’d rather have a Whole Foods, Fresh Market or Trader Joe’s. … Let’s have something nice and upscale.
— Rebecca Little
We need to build up and expand that side of Jake. It is nothing but wooded area there. Ready to see some growth.
— Kellie Martin
… What does Islam teach?
The Rodwell translation does not use the word “Surah.” Not once. Nor are the verses where the letter writer states they are in this archaic translation. … However, the long form of the above argument is found on the “Answering Islam” website …. I’ve seen this letter in meme form more than once.
It appears to have joined with the standard “I read the Koran.”
— Al Adersen
… Testing waters on recreation
The old Colortex Mill on the Yadkin River would be a perfect spot to locate a river-type park — water slides, canoing, kayaking, etc. Davidson County is linking to Rowan by the Wil-Cox bridge. This would be a great opportunity to join with them and create a river-type park.
— Mark Lyerly
… China Grove residents have few options after shots fired into home
The bullet passed a few feet in front of her. Now, heavens forbid, suppose she had been in the line of fire. Then what?
How unprofessional and seemingly unconcerned is the police department, given a certain set of circumstances.
— Lynn Goodjohn
What would you have had them do?
If you don’t know where the shot came from, you can’t just go out and charge someone with a crime.
— Barney Barnhardt
So thankful she was not hurt. If she had been, I am sure they would have found out who the shooter was. Folks, please be careful out there when you do practice with your firearms. Always know where that stray round might go.
— Debbie Kinley
… Meaningful steps to address gun violence
The corporate fascist military industrial complex and imperialism are to blame for the increase in terrorism and mass shootings. The American Dream has become a nightmare thanks to the greedy sociopaths behind the destruction of the middle class and never ending war on humanity.
— Chris Borre
And here I thought it was insane liberals hell bent on disarming victims, all while doing nothing to actually stop bad people from getting guns.
— Pat Orsban
From a 2013 “Truth in Media” article: “But Mass Shooting Tracker uses an extremely broad definition of what many people would consider a mass shooting. If she had used a more restrictive definition that only counts incidents with deaths, as the federal government does, she would have come up with a much lower number. The Congressional Research Service counted 25 incidents in 2013, compared with 363 incidents counted by Mass Shooting Tracker.
“The claim is partially accurate but takes things out of context. We rate this claim Half True.”
— Todd Paris
Typical liberal media. No concept of reality. If this journalist is well read, I might suggest a brief re-read of Genesis, the part where Cain killed Abel with a rock. You see, violence isn’t a gun problem; it’s a heart problem that has existed since time began. Try as you might you won’t legislate human nature.
— Mike Jordan
… Too sacred for research?
The gun show in Salisbury-Rowan Dec. 5-6 is an abomination and a support for terrorism. … No one needs an automatic or military gun except those truly in the military (not para-military).
— Andrew Joseph
In North Carolina we have the right to protect ourselves, and if for some reason people choose not to do so, they are negligent and perhaps even guilty of cowardice. Luke 22:36 says sell your cloak and buy a sword.
Any scenario one chooses to conjure up in their own minds as to why they would or would not want to arm themselves is up to them. Even a coward may need to protect their family or someone they don’t know at sometime.
— Dennis Johnson
When the Second Amendment was written, rifles and pistols were what were used and voted for use by our citizens. Nowhere was it ever envisioned that citizens would have the “right to carry” multiple-round assault rifles. The NRA is an absolute joke in promoting the use of these weapons in anyone’s hands.
Where are all the “good people with the good guns,” when all the bad people with the bad guns are using them? I sure have seen no retaliation during these mass shootings with the “good guns!”
— Jennifer Doering
Simple answer to your statement of “Where are all the ‘good people with the good guns,’ when all the bad people with the bad guns are using them?”
The answer is this. They were obeying the law — 95-99 percent of mass shootings have occurred in gun-free zones. Law-abiding citizens do not violate the gun-free zones, and this is where the psychopaths choose to do their murderous rampages
— Jeff Pall
… Awaiting more answers of substance
on gun violence
Taking away the weapons of law-abiding people will only lead to an increase in violence. We must hasten the day when those who use firearms to commit crimes regret the day they were ever born, by long sentences, up to and including incarceration for life, and at hard labor.
— Stephen Owen
Liberals never want to admit or acknowledge that this new liberal society they’ve created has also created an entire generation of mass-shooters —young people with no sense of values, morals, or integrity, nor any sense of purpose. … Bad parents always make excuses for their murderous and evil children; and liberalism is nothing if not a bad parent.
— Steve Pender
People of color should go out and purchase tons AK-47, AR-17 or .50 caliber sniper rifles. We would get gun control ASAP.
— Leo Smith
After the people of color purchase guns, they should register for concealed carry permits and invest in gun stocks such as Smith and Western while shares are affordable. The prices of these shares will continue to rise. … Will it take gun fights at NRA meetings to get responsible gun owners to lobby for better firearms control? Why not start by banning assault weapons?
— Reginald Brown