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In response to “Streetcar extension continues to stymie” (Oct. 31:

Skip the streetcar, repair Charlotte roads instead

Business-owner friends of mine suffered a great deal of lost revenue for more than a year while “tracks to nowhere” were installed on Elizabeth Avenue. In addition, city “leaders” endangered many pedestrians by not designing crosswalks on narrowed, obstructed driveways and streets where track runs.

City Council and Mayor Anthony Foxx need to start thinking about the real priority of fixing roads that cars actually ride on. Stop wasting time!

Scott Yamanashi

Charlotte


Pittenger’s view on climate change ‘indefensible’

Unless he has recently changed his view, Robert Pittenger does not believe that mankind is responsible for climate change. Thus, we should de-regulate greenhouse gasses because that would be good for business.

Ask people along the New Jersey shoreline if they would agree with that nonsense.

Are we really so backwards in Charlotte that we could elect representatives to Congress with such backwards and indefensible views? I think we have a better choice.

Brett Holden

Charlotte


Hypocritical to chastise Grahams yet endorse Obama

In response to recent letters, an editorial and articles showcasing the negative response to Billy and Franklin Graham supporting Mitt Romney, who they consider the better choice for president, I have to ask:

How is this wrong, but it’s OK for the minister shown in Monday’s paper who endorsed President Obama from the pulpit, exposing his T-shirt under his ministerial robe?

In Tuesday’s paper we have more black ministers coming out chastising the Grahams in an obvious endorsement of Obama. And this is acceptable?

What we really see is hypocrisy by these men and women of the church and the Observer. As the Bible says: “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.”

A.E. Wentworth

Charlotte

In a battle of ethics and morals, NAACP loses to Grahams

It gets more challenging each year to even take the NAACP seriously. The NAACP should steer clear of a battle of ethics and morals with the Graham family. Don’t the Grahams have the right to an opinion? If your opinion differs from the National Association of the Always Complaining People, then you are not entitled to have one?

Thankfully the Grahams are above being pulled into a shouting match with such an outfit.

Personally, I don’t like Barack Obama. I think history will remember Obama as the worst president this nation has ever seen. There, now the NAACP can talk about my family too.

Don Griffin

Monroe


If Obama loses, expect more decisions like Citizens United

The writer is a former N.C. Appeals Court judge.

If President Obama is not re-elected this month, it is virtually certain that the future composition of the U.S. Supreme Court will soon lean even more heavily in favor of the right-wing views reflected in the appalling Citizens United decision that allows unlimited corporate contributions.

The U.S. Supreme Court will doubtless have occasion to rule on a number of issues of concern to those interested in preserving good democratic governance. Future appointments to the Court will determine the nation’s course in that regard.

Sydnor Thompson

Charlotte

I see conflict of interest in McCrory’s ties to Duke Energy

Our new governor will appoint three members to the N.C. Utilities Commission.

If Pat McCrory is elected, his long employment and business association with Duke Energy raises troubling questions about those he would appoint.

Would McCrory’s appointees act in the interest of consumers or would they favor Duke Energy’s interests? Consumers’ interests are not necessarily synonymous.

I am uncomfortable with the possibility of McCrory as governor and any appointments he might make to our Utilities Commission.

Bob Gunn

Black Mountain


In response to “Panetta: U.S. lacked early info on Benghazi” (Oct. 26):

What happened in Benghazi showed lack of leadership

Who in our government should be held responsible for this tragedy?

I am very disappointed that more Marines were not sent to our embassy in Libya when we first heard about a possible attack.

The life of our ambassador and three other Americans might have been saved if more Marines had been stationed there. Many of our embassies used to have a detachment of Marines for security purposes.

The anniversary of 9/11 should have made our country more alert to terrorist attacks.

Merlin Giddings

Waxhaw


Panthers should copy Jaguar’s ‘touchdown dance’ plan

Congrats to head coach Mike Mularkey of the Jacksonville Jaguars for trying to ban these touchdown dances by giving money to charity for a direct return of the ball to the referee!

Jerry Richardson please note, celebrations are fine after the win.

T. Lee Keene

Charlotte

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