In response to New NFL stadium wows city leaders (Oct. 25) and related articles:
Obese society doesnt 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.
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.
Some endorsements lead me to question edit boards 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 boards 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
In response to Our recommendations for N.C. House, Senate (Oct. 26 Editorial):
Flynn far better choice for N.C. Senate than Observers pick
It took me three readings of your endorsement to believe that after all the negative facts about Bob Ruchos performance in the N.C. Senate you would endorse him.
If you researched Ruchos 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 doesnt shrink from a debate. Vote for Jack Flynn!
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 Im still waiting to hear someone explain how that will create jobs.
Romney morphing into Obama to get votes; hes done it before
Its no surprise that Mitt Romney agreed with almost every one of Barack Obamas positions in the last debate.
And its no surprise that hes now co-opting Obamas 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 Obamas voters, he has become Barack Obama.
I know who Im voting for.
In response to Troubled by Mitt Romneys Vietnam war deferments (Oct. 26 Forum):
Mitts 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