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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “New NFL stadium wows city leaders” (Oct. 25) and related articles:

Obese society doesn’t need escalator at football stadium

The writer is a PSL owner.

With a national obesity epidemic how can the City of Charlotte even consider using my money to support escalators at the Panthers’ stadium – to be used 10 times a year?

As for larger video screens, take note that a quarter of the existing end-zone monitors were hijacked to make space for permanent advertising, instead of giving fans the benefit of larger screens.

Roy Badger

Charlotte


In response to “U.S. sues BofA, claims $1B fraud” (Oct. 25):

Flat out wrong to paint BofA

as bad guy in subprime debacle

Bank of America did the government and Countrywide a huge favor when it took responsibility for the tens of thousands of ill-advised, government-guaranteed subprime loans.

BofA was forced to take bailout funds even though they did not partake in the failed loans required by the likes of Barney Frank and Chris Dodd. These funds have since been returned to the taxpayer.

If federal prosecutors are concerned about fraudulent lending, perhaps they should focus on Dodd, Frank, Bill Clinton and the laws that allowed such loans.

Attacking Big Banks, especially BofA, is just another way this administration is attempting to divide the country.

Kirk Bost

Cornelius


Some endorsements lead me to question edit board’s credibility

The Observer editorial board has opted to indirectly support gerrymandered districts through its rationale for endorsing candidates. The endorsements of N.C. Sen. Bob Rucho and Mecklenburg commissioner Bill James are stark examples.

On several occasions the editors have noted with solid reasons that these officials have performed without the best interest of the community in mind.

To endorse their re-election either makes a mockery of the board’s previous assessments or suggests that the alignment of partisan candidate to a partisan district is more important than what is in the best interest of our community.

The consequence is a severe loss of credibility by members of the editorial board.

John H. Clark

Charlotte


In response to “Our recommendations for N.C. House, Senate” (Oct. 26 Editorial):

Flynn far better choice for N.C. Senate than Observer’s pick

It took me three readings of your endorsement to believe that after all the negative facts about Bob Rucho’s performance in the N.C. Senate you would endorse him.

If you researched Rucho’s votes and presentations in the Senate, you would see where these ideas come from, which are very far right, beyond being conservative. They are not his own thoughts, although he may agree with them.

Jack Flynn is a bright man who seriously studies the issues pertaining to District 39 and our state. He is an excellent communicator who doesn’t shrink from a debate. Vote for Jack Flynn!

Dottie Coplon

Charlotte


Still waiting to hear how raising taxes on rich will create jobs

I agree that it is difficult to imagine a future where the “imbalance of power and wealth in the U.S.” increases.

Doubled gas prices, sustained sky-high unemployment, and record deficits in the past four years have certainly tilted the scale in the wrong direction.

How can we fix it? Raising taxes on the “greedy” – anybody who makes more money than you do, I guess – has a catchy ring to it, but I’m still waiting to hear someone explain how that will create jobs.

Bill Grandy

Charlotte

Romney morphing into Obama to get votes; he’s done it before

It’s no surprise that Mitt Romney agreed with almost every one of Barack Obama’s positions in the last debate.

And it’s no surprise that he’s now co-opting Obama’s message of change.

When Romney needed Massachusetts voters he became a Massachusetts liberal. When he needed tea party voters he became a tea party conservative.

Now that he needs Barack Obama’s voters, he has become Barack Obama.

I know who I’m voting for.

Terry Neal

Mooresville


In response to “Troubled by Mitt Romney’s Vietnam war deferments” (Oct. 26 Forum):

Mitt’s deferments a nonissue; Obama never served either

Forum writer Scott Carter points out that Gov. Mitt Romney received deferments during the Vietnam War and does not have military experience.

He goes on to question the advisability of having such a person potentially send our sons and daughters to war.

Someone should remind him that President Obama never served in the military either.

John S. Perugini

Waxhaw

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