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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Graham family ties tighten with Romney” (Oct. 18):

Poof! Mormonism is no longer a ‘cult’; I see right through that

Once again, Franklin Graham is showing his true colors.

Mind you, I have total respect for Mitt Romney’s religious faith. He seems to practice it conscientiously, unlike many of his evangelical Christian supporters.

Billy Graham has always taken the high road, but Franklin Graham is nothing more than an egotistic and opportunistic hypocrite. Without a doubt, he is responsible for eliminating the cult label from Mormons in an attempt to influence the outcome of our presidential election.

If Mormons were a cult last week, they are still a cult this week. Stick to your business, Franklin, and stay out of the electoral process.

Jack Hankins

Charlotte


No wonder women aren’t warming up to Mitt Romney

One wonders why a businessman with as many years experience in the private sector as Mitt Romney did not know, personally, many qualified and experienced women as colleagues, and was reduced to asking for assistance to find such women for a cabinet post.

Someone please inform him that we have been around all along; he appears not to have noticed. Also, tell him this may be one of the reasons women do not appear to be “warming up” to him as a candidate.

Janet Taylor

Lincolnton

In response to “Distortions crept into the town hall from both sides” (Oct. 17):

Can’t pin immigration bill on GOP, blame lies with Obama

From Tuesday’s Observer: “It’s true that the Obama administration hasn’t authored a specific immigration proposal, in large part because it knew that one wouldn’t get through a Republican-controlled House of Representatives and would probably die a procedural death in the Senate.”

Has Fact Check forgotten about the first two years of this administration which controlled both a Democratic House and Senate? Such a proposal certainly could have passed, just as Obamacare passed with majorities in both bodies of Congress. So, why wasn’t an immigration bill presented?

Amy Pallassino

Indian Trail


In response to “Bad timing? Jeb Bush gloats about ed reforms” (Oct. 17 Viewpoint):

GOP inconsistency on full display in Fla. education reform

Republicans insist that all race-based education policies, such as affirmative action, are unconstitutional. Yet now the state board of education in Republican-led Florida adopts a plan that sets different achievement goals for different races.

What astounding inconsistency!

Daniel Hoffman

Charlotte


Pittenger better choice than Roberts to restore fiscal sanity

The Observer’s endorsement of Jennifer Roberts said Robert Pittenger never gave a satisfactory explanation of how it was OK for him to vote on a bill that directly affected his business.

Mr. Pittenger faced a review by a Democrat-controlled state ethics committee, which found no violations, no wrongdoing.

He has been a businessman in Charlotte for over 20 years with a company of high integrity. He is a private sector job-creator.

This district, state and nation are suffering due to liberal policies – which Jennifer Roberts supports and Mr. Pittenger opposes – that support larger government, higher taxes, more stifling business regulations and crippling deficit spending.

It’s Robert Pittenger who will restore fiscal sanity and job-creating policies to our government, benefitting all residents of the district.

Mary Penfield Chapman

Charlotte

Roberts is ‘ethical choice’; I’ll cross party line to vote for her

As a Republican, I cannot in good conscience vote for Robert Pittenger because of his record of self-interest. Who spends nearly $2 million of his own money to get a job that pays less than $200,000 a year?

Jennifer Roberts is the ethical choice for Congress. I respect her integrity and her willingness to listen to the problems of every constituent in the district.

Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, if you want to elect someone who will be more concerned about you than themselves, vote for Roberts.

Larry Hale

Mint Hill


In response to “Light-rail extension moves to fast track” (Oct. 16):

Time to start talking about light rail between airport, uptown

Nowhere in recent discussion of light rail have I heard mention of a link to the airport. This seems an enormous omission.

All the major cities I’m familiar with provide inexpensive, quick connections to downtown. Minimizing the time and expense of coming into town for a quick meeting would insure heavy usage by business travelers. I don’t see the same attraction with a line between center city and UNC Charlotte.

Roger L. Bennett

Cornelius

Taxpayers for generations to come will foot bill for light rail

The federal government is not really paying for part of the proposed Lynx extension that will line North Tryon Street as well as the pockets of developers, contractors and landowners along the right-of-way! Nor is North Carolina.

The taxpayers are picking up the tab! It’s not just me, my wife and others of our generation. Our daughter’s generation is paying. So will my granddaughter’s generation, even though she’s only three and has no idea of the burden our government is laying on her shoulders.

Mel Morganstein

Charlotte

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