This election is about spending, taxes; Romney has best plan
The Obama administration thinks Congress can continue spending as usual and increase taxes. It is not sustainable.
To quote Sir Winston Churchill: We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
Please vote for the candidate who knows the economy best Mitt Romney.
Romneys binder comment revealed his true colors for me
The trouble with Mitt Romneys debate comments concerning appointing women to high positions as governor of Massachusetts is not just that he seems to think women can be hole-punched, stapled, and inserted where needed.
The real problem runs deeper.
Only women, it seems, need the accommodation of flexible work schedules! When he states that women might need to leave work early to pick up their children and feed their families, Gov. Romneys deep-seated cultural assumptions are glaringly obvious that men like himself have wives to do that for them!
Abigail J. Cudabac
Obama is pushing education, but should focus on jobs first
It seems President Obama is insisting all the teenagers get a good education so they can get high-paying jobs.
If those jobs existed, there are many people whove lost their jobs who would be more qualified to fill them.
In my own family, my grandchildren went to four years of college and couldnt get jobs for over a year. Finally, they had to take jobs that they did not go to college for.
Why doesnt the president preach on jobs and not on education for jobs that are not there?
In response to Private student loans under scrutiny (Oct. 16):
Shameful the amount of debt less affluent college grads face
Talk about passing debt on to our children and grandchildren! How about $26,000 non-dischargeable-in-bankruptcy debt for each debt-ridden college graduate?
But wait. Children of wealthy parents escape this debt. But not college graduates of less affluent parents. What a shame.
In my day, tuition was lower, allowing even those of us who worked our way through to graduate with little debt small enough to be paid off in one or two years.
Shame. Im so sorry.
Ronald C. Williams
In response to Our endorsements for Mecklenburg races (Oct. 17 Editorial):
Even Mecklenburg GOP is backing away from Hanks
The writer is chair of the Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation Board.
I would like to second the Observers endorsement of Jennifer Frost for our board. Jennifer is a storm water professional and has served on the board for eight years, currently as vice chair.
Her opponent, Doug Hanks, has never attended any of our meetings and has been removed from his own partys website and literature due to statements he has made concerning racial and religious minorities.
In response to Coastal dwellers protest (Oct. 18):
Commissioners actions driving insurers away from N.C. coast
The writer is owner/operator of an insurance agency in Davidson.
The problem with homeowners insurance in North Carolina is Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin.
By denying the Rate Bureaus request for an increase, Goodwin is effectively driving out the few remaining companies willing to write in the coastal areas.
The result will be that more insurance companies will refuse to insure homes in North Carolina. This limits competition and increases the pressure companies are already feeling to remain solvent in North Carolina.
If this happens, North Carolina will start to more closely resemble Florida, where many companies no longer write homeowners insurance.
Separation of church and state important in elections too
It seems the faithful religious leaders who enjoy a great level of influence in the lives of many Christians cannot resist using their influence to project their will on the election of the next president. The separation of church and state means nothing to them unless they lose their tax exempt status.
We must elect the person who will govern most effectively and ensure the rights of all citizens, including those who are not Christians.
We need only to look at the Middle East countries and see when religious influence goes too far and the need for all of us to guard against religious leaders with too much power and influence.
In response to 9th District foes spar on ethics (Oct. 16):
9th District a shining example of the absurdity of district lines
Although no system would be perfect, it is self evident from the map that ran on page 9A with the article about the 9th Congressional District that congressional voting districts should be by counties. An example is the grotesque boundaries of the 9th Congressional District.