Fix cracks in U.S. Capitol before they take on greater meaning
Before the United States sends another penny to a foreign country we owe it to ourselves to repair the U.S. Capitol. What a metaphor it would be to the world for this building to collapse.
Observer dropped the ball on coverage of Ron Paul delegates
Why no coverage of the Ron Paul situation at the Republican National Convention?
The decision not to announce Ron Paul delegates is significant and extraordinary. Your failure to cover the story in the face of coverage by so many other media outlets is unfortunate.
In response to The little city that could (Aug. 26):
Charlotte need not emulate some of what I saw in Portland
So UNC Charlotte historian David Goldfield thinks we should aim our admiring focus on Portland, Ore.?
I traveled there last month and did see an extensive light rail system and many pieces of urban art. But, I also saw a long-term homeless camp downtown and more than a few beggars wandering the streets. I also saw large signs painted on buildings: Keep Portland Weird.
Are we so sure the City of Roses should be a model city for Charlotte to emulate?
In response to Protesters attempt to recruit poor (Aug. 29):
Work hard for what you want; dont always expect handout
I couldnt help but notice that Tommy Thomas from West Mecklenburg High School seems to be waiting for someone to help him.
My question to him: What is he doing to help himself?
Any wage is better than no wage, and you are not guaranteed a living wage if you have no education or skill.
You are guaranteed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You are not guaranteed happiness. Pursuit means you have to go after it and you have to work to earn it.
In response to Pretending Mitt Romney is huggable (Aug. 29 Viewpoint):
Plenty of Dems have had gobs of wealth come their way
Frank Brunis column is not the singular place one reads that Mitt Romney has seen gobs of wealth distributed his way.
Lets be clear about one thing Romney earned it!
Those who cry the loudest and longest, Democrats all, seem to forget our presidential political history. Please remind readers how a few others had/have gobs of wealth George Washington; Thomas Jefferson; Theodore Roosevelt; Franklin D. Roosevelt; John F. Kennedy; Jimmy Carter; Al Gore; John Kerry, and even Nancy Pelosi.
Could it be Romneys tax returns led McCain to Palin?
Mitt Romney could be the first president to have secret Swiss Bank accounts and off-shore tax havens. Instead of producing five years of tax returns, he still has not been able to produce his actual 2011 returns.
In 2008 John McCains team reviewed more than 20 years of Romneys returns then decided to take a pass on Romney and select Sarah Palin as his vice president. This selection spoke volumes about Romney.
In response to GOP platform is window into its values (Aug. 26 editorial):
Be sure you give Democratic platform the same scrutiny
Thank you for the thorough scrutiny of the GOPs platform, which, as you said, is a window into its values.
Those values, particularly the pro-life and pro-marriage/family ones, are paramount to many of us who routinely vote the Republican ticket because they represent Gods laws, not mans!
In the interest of unbiased journalism, we expect you will publish as close a scrutiny of these same issues as enunciated in the Democratic Partys platform. That way, others who might not be aware of that partys stance on them will be able to make a better-informed voting decision this November.
Once again, moderate voices
of GOP drowned out; beware
This will make the third time in our nations history the evangelical wing of the Republican Party has taken over the party. The first stand led to the Civil War, the second to Prohibition.
Each time, moderate, more reasonable voices were replaced with more extreme voices of the far right. This time theyre taking a stand against Obamacare, the debt, abortion, gays, environmentalists, and the liberalization of America.
Look out for the law of unintended consequences: If both sides are the same side and one falls so does the other.
In response to Teachers shouldnt pay the price for poorly raised children (Aug. 27 Forum):
Great teachers motivate even
the toughest students to learn
Well yes, Forum writer Jack Heniford, we expect teachers to inspire and lead those underachievers from I aint gotta do nothing to I want to learn.
Kay McSpadden and many other teachers in our local systems exemplify this leadership.
If teachers are not excited and motivated by that challenge, perhaps they should rethink their career choice?