In response to In Libya violence, did politics trump truth? (Oct. 11 Editorial):
I want president wholl give straight answer on Libya deaths
Editorial Page Editor Taylor Battens Oct. 7 column was well done and very even-handed, but if I were on the Observer editorial board I would be embarrassed over the Oct. 11 commentary about Libya violence and the death of an ambassador and three other Americans.
Lets call what President Obama and his administration said about it what it was lying. Is this what we want in a president?
George Wilson Miller
In response to City to meet with Panthers on stadium (Oct. 11):
City shouldnt put a dime toward stadium renovations
The City of Charlotte should not put $1 of taxpayer money toward the renovation of Bank of America Stadium.
Our local leaders have contributed way too much money to uptown projects already the arena, light rail, NASCAR Hall of Fame, just to name a few.
With roughly 65,000 PSL owners committed to buying season tickets, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is almost guaranteed a sellout every week, and the product he is putting on the field right now is terrible. There should be plenty of money from the 94-game sellout streak to do any renovations he wants.
Stop counting on taxpayers to help teams boost their profits
Receiving a $320 tax bill for my 8-year-old car reminded me how much I pay every year in taxes to our city/county leaders to manage our community. Yet, too often these funds are distributed to this or that sports team so the team can be more profitable. Or worse, given away to people who have made bad real estate investments and want taxpayers to bail them out the NoDa mill.
My votes on Election Day will go to local politicians who claim they will be fiscally conservative.
Voters were biggest losers in debate; rudeness won out
The vice presidential debate moderator made no effort to control time allocations for either candidate or control interruptions or rudeness.
The split screen format was a distraction. The tendency was to focus more on reactions/expressions of the non-speaking candidate rather than the speaker.
Neither candidate won. But more importantly, voters who watched the debate wasted 90 minutes of their time.
U.S. will go bankrupt unless we live by these economic truths
When voters to go the polls in November, they should keep in mind these two economic truths:
1. Governments do not produce any income. The money governments spend comes from taxes.
2. Neither individuals nor governments can spend more than they make or collect. If they do, it eventually leads to bankruptcy.
Robert W. Boylan
In response to What some K.C. fans tell us about incivility (Oct. 10 Editorial):
Why what the Observer does
on its editorial pages matters
As a political consultant and professor, I see everyday the nasty and often vitriolic behavior you discuss.
With the shift to media sources like Fox News and MSNBC that seek to confirm the partisan beliefs their viewers hold, individuals have begun to seek and accept only the information that confirms their pre-conceived beliefs. Any opinion that differs is dismissed as incorrect without even considering the merits.
In addition, anyone who disagrees with the group or party they naturally associate with is automatically dismissed.
This is why what you do at your editorial page continues to be important. We must always seek polite yet vigorous discourse on the important issues of the day if we are to find a way forward in our country.
In response to Romney reassures conservatives in N.C. (Oct. 12):
Grahams near endorsement
of Romney has me puzzled
As long as I can remember, my evangelical friends have campaigned that Mormonism is a cult and not a valid religion. Now, a renowned evangelical leader shows his approval for a Mormon to lead our country.
Is Billy Grahams near endorsement a new interpretation of biblical values, or will the next headline read: Franklin warns Billy that he has shaken his fist at God?
In response to Romney should disavow Florida employer who threatens layoffs (Oct. 11 Forum):
Employer who warned of layoffs was just being a good manager
Florida business owner David Siegel made his concerns for his companys financial stability known to his employees. This is the sign of good management.
He stated in an email that there may be job losses if President Obama remains in office. He stated that he did not want to tell them how to vote.
He never told them to vote for Mitt Romney, and never threatened to fire them if they did not.
Thomas W. Cochran