Letters to the editor

Sep. 26, 2013 @ 05:33 PM

Learn about ‘concealed carry’

I read Paul Naylor’s letter praising Duke for banning guns. I know

Duke has always been a gun-free zone with pretty good success.

So I stand with you and if you would truly like to learn about the laws, I will teach you free of charge the North Carolina laws concerning “concealed carry.”

You will find the people in my classes to be very normal and not out to shoot anyone.

They are law abiding and peaceful, just like you.  Nice people trying to do the right thing and obey the law -- this is a good thing.  

They understand the fact that when a deadly situation is right in front of you and seconds count, the police are just minutes away.  Come and take the class for yourself.

Just because you take the class you are not required to get the concealed-carry permit. You will enjoy the day, I promise.

Bill Wrenn

Bahama

Spending priorities are bizarre

I want to second Geoff Hightower's fine letter (9/20/13) challenging the hypocrisy of our government when it decrees spending for “humanitarian military strikes” (talk about an oxymoron!) in Syria while slashing food aid to hungry families here at home.  Our foreign policy is, and has been for decades, solidly in the pocket of the arms industry and the Pentagon, whose officials and priorities are interchangeable.  Thankfully there is, for the moment, an emphasis on negotiations and diplomatic solutions regarding Syria, and military strikes are on hold, though not ruled out. 

Our economy continues to drag because our spending priorities are nothing short of bizarre.  We don't need more hunger among children, blocking their ability to learn and setting them up for problems.  We don't need more collapsing bridges, more dangerous nuclear or polluting coal-fired plants, or even less availability of health care for all.  The last thing we need is to squander money on more wars, when it's needed here for food, education, health care, infrastructure and renewable energy.  U.S. military interventions waste money at an incredible rate, creating no benefit (look at Iraq these days) to anyone except arms producers and military contractors, whose already bulging pockets are stuffed further.  We must trim the military-industrial complex, use more diplomacy and take better care of our struggling families here at home.

Joan F. Walsh

Durham