Letters to the editor, April 19

Apr. 18, 2014 @ 10:42 AM

Criminals the issue
I hope that I am not the only reader who noticed the irony in the April 17 edition of The Herald-Sun in regards to gun issues. 
Your front page article “Local officials join push for gun safety” is about a local group of politicians, bankrolled by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, to undermine the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves. If these well-intentioned but misguided folks are really concerned about “gun safety,” they should read your third page “Police Beat” crime section about the four separate handguns stolen during recent burglaries, and focus their energy accordingly. 
The criminals who are stealing guns, trading them for drugs and cash and then using them to terrorize the community are the issue. If severe penalties followed criminal use of firearms, then our streets would truly be safer.
Ed Weintraub
Chapel Hill

Finishers, not quitters
Jabari Parker is entering the NBA draft. Other than achieving multiple individual awards, what else? He did not help his chosen college win a national championship, not even a regular season or ACC Tournament championship.
In spite of his reputation as a good student, he will not stay until graduation, unlike the  great Duke players who preceded him, like Christian Laettner, Grant Hill, J.J. Reddick, Bobby Hurley, Shane Battier and so many, even back to Dick Groat, a four-time All-American. These students stayed on until they won their place as finishers, not quitters. 

M.M. Way