In response to Agencies scramble on homeless plan (Aug. 14):
I challenge Mayor Foxx to find
a way to help the homeless
As a 12-year volunteer with the Room In The Inn program, I certainly hope we can all step forward and help the 150 or so fellow citizens who will be displaced during the Democratic National Convention.
I would think some small fraction of the $50 million we are spending on things like fixing sidewalk cracks and painting lines on our streets could be diverted to help these people for two weeks.
I call upon Mayor Anthony Foxx to find a way to help. There is not much time, Mr. Foxx. Lets see what youre really made of.
Thomas B. Bowling
In response to Agent: School tough for athletes (Aug. 14) and related articles:
If you cant hack the classroom, you shouldnt be on the field
As a football scholarship graduate Id like to nominate Carl Carey Jr. for the dumbest statement of the year award.
Carey suggests that Julius Peppers academic struggles were typical of a system that routinely fails athletes who arrive in college unprepared for academic life.
Hello! What are they doing in college if they are not academically qualified?
Worse, Carey compares the difficulties some athletes encounter to the struggles that an ordinary student might face if asked to play football. Theres that qualified thing again!
In response to UNC case shows need to end charade (Aug. 15 Editorial) :
My expectation for UNC is simple: Follow the rules
By prefacing your editorial with the question what did you expect, you seem to let UNC Chapel Hill off the hook by blaming it on the system.
Most people would expect UNC Chapel Hill to set an example and follow the rules.
For years, The Carolina Way has been the mantra of an institution that was a paragon of excellence and integrity in the classroom and on the basketball court. It turns out The Carolina Way was not the way we thought.
In response to Hate aimed at Obama reminds me of racial attitudes I outgrew (Aug. 13 Forum):
I dont share Obamas views, but that doesnt make me racist
Im a white guy of Forum writer William Reaves generation and Id like to see President Obama beaten like a rug.
But, if I had my way, he would be replaced by Col. Allen West. As far as I know, Col. West is 100 percent black.
Not sharing Obamas views doesnt make us racists.
William M. Smith
In response to A hazardous case of boring-white-guy derangement syndrome (Aug. 13 Opinion):
Parker reached a new low degrading white guys
I was appalled and angered by Kathleen Parkers boring-white-guy description.
Im married to and was the daughter of the type of man Parker so willingly degrades. Both men worked hard, provided for their families without government assistance and paid taxes to say nothing of their military service to their country.
To put labels on anyone is degrading. Mitt Romney made a choice for his running mate. All the candidates should be shown respect for wanting to serve their country instead of lumped into a category.
Shame on Parker for writing it and on the Observer for continuing to print her articles.
In response to Erskine Bowles The debt debate we need to have (Aug. 12 Viewpoint):
Stick to facts on the debt, give it consistent front-page play
Its time to have this debate. National and local media must focus it by presenting correct facts on both positions, instead of promoting the disinformation we get daily during our 24-hour news cycle.
Lets put this issue above the fold each day, rather than sports, etc.
Lets not lose this moment an opportunity to get back to common sense.
Stop the negative ads and start talking about critical issues
Perhaps when the conventions are over and the platforms established, candidates on both sides can shift the focus to their positions on issues critical to the future of our nation.
The constant bombardment of negative ads makes me want to vote against the candidates because of their negative campaigns, not because of the way they portray their opponent.
We, the voters, need ads that give us reasons to vote for candidates, not against them.
In response to New NFL security makes me want to say home game day (Aug. 14 Forum):
I see a glimmer of hope in those long game-day lines
To believe that a handful of folks with security wands at each gate can process 73,000 people at Panthers games is crazy.
Based on my timed observations and on stadium capacity, the Panthers are correct it will take close to two hours to get in.
Why they cant hire more folks with security wands is beyond belief.
They must be saving money for the defensive backfield were missing!