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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Foxx: City needs broad search for new manager” (Oct. 16):

Put the brakes on talk of raising new city manager’s salary

Stop already! A Charlotte City Council member says we may need to increase the salary of the city manager position if we want to get good candidates to apply.

The current manager just got a 6 percent increase and he’s leaving. Let’s draw the candidates who are interested in the job. Let salary increases come with outstanding job performance.

Miriam Martin

Charlotte


In response to “Debate rematch takes testy turn” (Oct. 17):

Obama had duty to demand facts on deaths in Libya

President Obama should have known the facts on Benghazi. With a murdered ambassador on his hands, he should have insisted on them.

Keith Mason

Matthews

Romney can’t have it both ways on job creation; say it Obama

Gov. Mitt Romney claims the government cannot create the jobs but blames President Obama for record unemployment. The president and the moderators have repeatedly failed to point out this contradiction in the last two debates.

Kenan Porobic

Charlotte

Mitt would open immigration door to likes of 9/11 terrorists

I don’t know if anyone else caught it when Romney said we should give green cards to people around the world who graduate with skills we need. He said staple a green card to their diplomas or degrees.

Such foolishness is an open invitation to terrorism. Doesn’t he remember all those students who came here to train as pilots before 9/11? Mitt, just think before you start handing out those green cards.

Otha Morris

Charlotte

Obama left impression U.S. is paper tiger; won’t get my vote

Internationally, Mr. Obama began his presidency by apologizing to our enemies and giving them the impression that America is a paper tiger.

This misguided approach has now led to the death of our Libyan ambassador and three other Americans.

Mr. Obama does not understand that America’s position must be one of peace through strength, not weakness.

He is a gifted speaker, but I need a president who doesn’t just say he’s going to fix things but actually knows how to get the economy on track, achieve energy independence, and project an image of a strong and determined America to our enemies.

Ron Shuping

Nebo

Neither candidate did a respectable job during debate

If Tuesday night’s debate was supposed to be an example of serious discourse, we have become the laughing stock of the world.

Here were two grown men vying for the highest office in the land – president of the USA – acting like high school kids. They glared at each other, smirked, got into each other’s space, and, most importantly, said nothing of any consequence that we have not already heard ad nauseum.

Why do we even have this nonsensical, farcical demonstration of our failing political system?

Chris Hollander

Charlotte


In response to “Our endorsements for Mecklenburg races” (Oct. 17):

Connie Green-Johnson best choice for Dist. 6, not Bill James

The Observer endorsed the wrong person for Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners District 6. Your candidate is a good man, but his service has been characterized by negativism, indolence and being unequal to the challenges of Mecklenburg growing diversity.

Connie Green-Johnson doesn’t carry any of that baggage.

That should be a factor when casting a vote in the coming election, and in the years of public service that follow the election.

Hal Markowitz

Charlotte

Ridenhour better reflects conservative views of Dist. 5

Matthew Ridenhour has many years of experience with budgeting in the private sector. He has leadership skills from 11 years in the Marine Corps and government experience through community and political activism.

He is the clear choice to lead District 5.

More importantly, he represent his constituents’ beliefs. I expect the Observer to lean left as usual and endorse Democrats, but I can’t believe you’d endorse a candidate with such little experience and liberal social viewpoints to represent such a conservative district.

Scott R. Carlisle

Charlotte


In response to “The Kochs’ quest to save America” (Oct. 14 The Big Picture):

Koch brothers’ motives have little to do with democracy

It’s interesting that only days after Obama became president the Koch brothers knew he would be horrible for the United States.

They had no objections when President George W. Bush invaded two countries for no reason or asked for and got two stimulus programs. How much money did the Kochs make from those wars?

Their real problem with President Obama is the fact that he wants to pursue peace thru diplomacy. Or, perhaps it’s because he won’t gut the EPA for the biggest polluters in the U.S. and he wants to pursue “green” energy.

C.G. Kilburn

Pageland, S.C.

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