In response to Boston mayor vows to keep Chick-fil-A out of city (July 20 CharlotteObserver.com) and related articles:
Some in gay community dont practice tolerance they preach
The gay and lesbian communities message of requesting tolerance for those who have lifestyle views different from your own, couldnt be farther from the truth.
Their recent and vicious attacks on churches, the Boy Scouts and even Chick-fil-A for expressing heterosexual viewpoints proves that for them tolerance is a one way street.
Jim Van Meerten
In response to Message from Scout leaders? Be dishonest (July 20 Editorial):
Groups that exclude like Scouts shouldnt get UW donations
I was a boy who achieved the rank of Eagle. Im now 50. I carry the skills and ethics that the Boy Scouts provided and Im gay.
The question is: Are we preventing children from the access to improvement or removing the temptation from the adults?
I dont feel any organization should be funded by United Way that discriminates based on race, gender or whether you are straight or gay.
The Supreme Court has repeatedly decided that private organizations can stipulate their membership. Let BSA be supported as a private cause or change to be inclusive.
In response to 7 hurt in 4-vehicle I-85 wreck (July 19):
Preoccupied drivers greatest road risk, theyre everywhere
AAA spokesman Tom Crosby said It might be time for the highway safety engineers and the Highway Patrol to take a look at that road. There is nothing wrong with the road.
The problem is that people are not paying attention to driving!
Cell phones, texting, total inattention to driving. Look around. You cant drive five miles without seeing someone texting! Its an epidemic.
If caught you should lose your license for a year, for life on the second offense before you take someone elses life.
In response to City eyes mall for TV studios (July 19):
Taxpayer dollars tight, dont spend them on film studios
Surely we can find a private firm that will buy and develop a new Eastland Mall complex without city revenue. A private company is going to develop Park Road Shopping Center without city dollars.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg voters want a slimmer city budget, not film studios and sound stages.
If the money must be spent, use it for existing projects, such as the CATS Blue Lynx extension which will develop an entire street from uptown to UNC Charlotte. Come on, lets dare to be sensible.
Dont make me vote for a Democrat, Mr. Pittenger
To the winner of the Republican primary for the 9th District: Why would I vote for you? While a state senator you voted on a bill that your company profited from.
This practice has been going on for years. The current governor made a profit on a bridge she voted on when a state senator. Lets not forget the Democratic senate leader doing some jail time.
I do not want to vote for a Democrat. Your voting yes on that real estate deal leaves me feeling queasy. The defense that, the ethics committee allowed it in a corrupt state government is not a good defense.
Come up with something else.
In response to Democrat Roberts cites a stark contrast with Pittenger on issues (July 19):
Jennifer Roberts downplays
her Democratic affiliations
As one of the most liberal county commissioners ever to serve this region, its interesting that on her website Jennifer Roberts does not directly refer to herself as a Democrat in her prospectus. She also leaves her affiliation out on the Home and About Jennifer pages.
If Ms. Roberts is willing to obfuscate on something as elementary as her party affiliation, the voting public should pay close attention during the congressional campaign to see if she stands by her liberal voting record or runs from it.
A lot we could learn from
public service tax audits
It appears most elected officials and some bureaucrats emerge from government with substantially greater wealth than when they arrived, in spite of the low salaries offered for these positions.
No wonder they are resistant to share their tax returns!
A mandatory audit of their tax returns may disclose how this happens. Could it be that they are selling influence at the expense of taxpayers?
Just ask the GSA for some guidance on this matter.
Heres what you didnt see in Obama mudslinging cartoon
In his mudslinging cartoon (July 20 Opinion), Observer Editorial Cartoonist Kevin Siers failed to show one key element: the mud-covered Republicans behind the car President Obama is driving, holding it back!