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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Obama needs Romney’s help to mend economy, partisan divide

Gov. Mitt Romney’s gracious acceptance of defeat reflected the patriotism of a gifted man who would have been a capable president had he won.

Looking forward, I hope that he will contribute his talents to assist our government, especially with economic problems. I am sure President Obama would appreciate his involvement, which would also help reduce partisan bickering.

Bill Brannon

Davidson

Obama win bad for economy, too many voters blind to that

How many small business owners are more inclined to hire this morning?

How many financial institutions are more inclined to lend?

How many rating agencies are considering upgrading U.S. debt?

How many investors are more inclined to take risks?

The answer is none.

To the 93 percent of blacks, the 71 percent of Hispanics, the large majorities of unmarried women, along with the 19-29 year old juveniles who voted to re-elect Obama, I hope you got a big emotional lift. Because that’s all you are ever going to get.

George Schwab

Charlotte

Obama in it to win; has no interest in greater challenge

Just read a newspaper headline that said “A world of challenges await the president.” President Obama and his team did a brilliant job of doing what they saw as the “challenge” – winning a campaign founded on demonizing a good man who wanted the challenge of leading with a vision.

Leadership and governing was never the challenge for Obama. So the ride ahead for the people of United States will be very bumpy, while the ride in the White House will be smooth.

Obama has won the only challenge he wanted to take up – the campaign. Let somebody else worry about the challenge of a declining nation.

Terry H. Montgomery

Charlotte


Lesson for GOP: abortion issue is settled, time to move on

Congratulations to Barack Obama on winning re-election. You should be grateful that an ill wind – Hurricane Sandy – blew in when it did. It gave you a chance to look presidential just before the election.

Congratulations to Pat McCrory, on becoming governor. I hope you can control the extremism of your fellow Republicans in the N.C. House and Senate.

And to all Republicans – particularly Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock – when will you learn that talking about abortion will hurt your chances in an election? Like it or not, the abortion issue in this country is settled. Get over it and move on.

Ronald McCraw

Salisbury

McCrory’s tenacity, spirit will serve all N.C. citizens well

In 1989, I stood with John Lassiter and Pat McCrory in Pat’s kitchen discussing his first planned Charlotte City Council run. Pat had been rejected by Leadership Charlotte and couldn’t get appointed by the City Council to any board, or committee; he was unknown.

But Pat’s determination to get involved and help Charlotte led to over 20 years of public service to his community. I had the privilege of watching him grow into a fine public servant.

Now, all will benefit from Pat’s spirit as he brings that same leadership, devotion and public service work ethic to all the citizens of North Carolina. Pat didn’t quit in 1989 and he won’t quit now.

Keith S. Shannon

Huntersville

Early voting means voters need access to voter guide sooner

Every election year the Observer publishes quality information about candidates. This information is especially important in less publicized elections like judges, Commissioner of Agriculture, etc.

The problem is that this information comes only days before Election Day, after many thousands have already cast their ballots.

Why can’t this be printed before early voting starts?And it’s in bad taste, to say the least, to have campaign ads in the Voters Guide.

Ross Stutts

Matthews


Dedicated poll workers, proud voters taught me something

After 40 years of standing in long lines to cast my ballots, I’ve finally seen the voting procedure from a poll worker’s point of view. While volunteering Tuesday at the polls, I learned two valuable lessons.

The first was about the dedication of returning poll workers, who without complaint, year-after-year, subject themselves to an extremely long day that is physically and mentally taxing.

The second involved the utter joy, enthusiasm and pride voters expressed as they were, at long last, led to their voting machines.

Jeffrey Beck

Charlotte


Question your choices on bogus study linking popularity, wealth

After reading Katy Waldman’s “In My Opinion, Be a popular teen – it’s a shortcut to wealth” (Nov. 3 Faith & Values), I seriously wonder two things:

What was the heart of the author and editor who would publish such a singularly focused and divisive opinion on one limited case study where high school popularity was linked to future earnings?

Secondly, how can the publisher ever label this under “Faith & Values”?

Barry Allmon

Matthews

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