In response to $1.25M OKd for NoDa mills (Oct. 9):
NoDa mill project waste of precious taxpayer dollars
Its great to see that we have at least two Charlotte City Council members with business sense.
The city sold these buildings to a Washington, D.C.-based developer and management company to develop housing that the developer will collect rent on and earn profits from, just to give the money back to them to help with construction.
We already put $7 million into this project. We are wasting taxpayer money while private industry profits.
In response to Debate thrashing put this conservative in nirvana (Oct. 9 Forum):
If Obama flip-flopped like that on issues hed lose my vote
Forum writer Dickie Benzie sure seems happy about Mitt Romneys performance in the first debate. Given that Romney turned 180 degrees from almost every position he has held for the last 12 months, its as if Mr. Benzie doesnt even care about Romneys policy positions.
If President Obama stood up in a debate and suddenly sounded indistinguishable from Romney on policy, hed lose my vote. I guess Mr. Benzie is just excited to vote for a really good liar.
Debate performance didnt fool me; no to Romney and Obama
Mitt Romneys flip-flopping public personality, his unwillingness to answer specific questions truthfully, his attempt to repeat, and repeat a statement of questionable fact hoping the repetition would result in it coming true, illuminated the fact that he doesnt have any facts at his disposal.
Im one of those undecided independents who wont be voting for Romney or Obama. Theyre both examples of politicians who shouldnt be in the elective office they wish to hold. Yet, the American public continues to show its ignorance/stupidity by repeatedly electing those it should send home.
In response to Robert Pittenger, Jennifer Roberts Going against the odds (Oct. 7):
Choice clear for 9th District voters; Roberts is best choice
As founding director of Crisis Assistance Ministry, I am proud to urge voters in the 9th Congressional District to seize this extraordinary opportunity to elect Jennifer Roberts, who will represent all the people of our district in the best way possible.
Robert Pittengers record proves that he used his influence in state government to accumulate wealth at taxpayers expense. He will continue to protect the wealthy like himself and will not stand up for all his constituents.
Caroline Love Myers
In response to Taylor Battens Obama, the media and one angry reader (Oct. 7 Opinion)
Batten was open, honest about biases, and thats important
The writer is an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice at UNCC.
I want to congratulate Taylor Batten on his compelling column outlining his response to an angry reader. It is certainly important for a newspaper to delineate between its news pages and its editorial page although that line is sometimes blurred under the guise of news analysis.
Being open and honest about ones preferences (biases) and values is the only way to control abuse of discretion because of them; thats part of being an ethical professional in any field.
Robert F. Salvia
Observers bias is what sends readers to outlets like Fox News
Editorial Page Editor Taylor Batten acknowledged that the majority of journalists are left of center in a country that is right of center. So who is out of step?
The left of center journalists show their bias not only in what they write, but in what they choose not to cover.
You are correct about the success of Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and the Wall Street Journal. Consumers chose them because they didnt like the dog food that was being served by the liberal media.
David G. Van Hellemont
No denying that Obama also flip-flopped for political gain
Would Forum writer Lorraine Stark have us believe only Mitt has flip-flopped for political gain? Once Obama realized how tight the race was his opinion on gay marriage went from my position is evolving to Michelle and I have always believed in gay marriage. His position on the DREAM Act also changed. All for the benefit of Obama at the polls. That speaks to his underlying character.
Successful businessman not best option for the White House
What makes a businessman successful stems from a singular devotion to allocating the factors of production for the sole purpose of maximizing profits. Workers are simply a piece of the puzzle, a factor to be used, shaped, increased, downsized, even eliminated to achieve the most in shareholder profit.
Do you really want a president who has spent a life viewing his workers as one factor of production in the corporate world? Or do you want a president who views people as people?