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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Same sex marriage turns corner with historic vote” (Nov. 8):

World changing on gay rights; North Carolina should join in

Now in Maine, Maryland, Washington state and Minnesota, each received the support of voters for gay marriage rights. Even in Europe, France’s same-sex marriage rights will be made legal in 2013. The world is constantly changing. It’s hard to believe that North Carolina will not join in. What will be the deciding factor for North Carolina and its gay residents to equally share this justice too, sooner rather than later?

Lorraine Stark

Matthews


In response to “Broadwell studied Petraeus’ leadership, penned biography” (Nov. 9):

Why did Observer publish names of Broadwell children?

The Charlotte Observer published an article about the Petraeus-Broadwell scandal. In the story, they printed the names of the Broadwell children.

For what reason does the Observer find it necessary to include the names of the children, who are minors, in this story? Their names are not relevant to the story. In doing so, you exposed these kids to more torment and ridicule by including their names.

I found the inclusion to be extremely distasteful and unprofessional. The Observer should print either an explanation or issue a public apology to the family.

Bill Lynch

Matthews

(Editor’s note: The Observer named Paula Broadwell’s children in a story published Saturday. That biographical story was assembled on deadline from previous Observer stories about Broadwell’s book and activities in Charlotte that did name her children. The names have now been removed from all stories about Broadwell on CharlotteObserver.com. We regret that in republishing prior material about her, we repeated the children’s names.)


Do Republicans feel better blaming results on voters?

So Catherine Stout thinks Mitt lost because everyone who voted for Obama is morally bankrupt and expecting the government to take care of them as opposed to the real Americans like her.

I would refer her to the information arm of the Republican Party-Fox News and anchor Megyn Kelly, who asked Karl Rove on election night “Is this just math you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better, or is this real?”

Sharon Simpson

Charlotte


Republicans lost because voters didn’t have enough discipline

Why did the Republicans lose some tight races, including the race for president? The answer is quite simple – Republicans were selling hard work and individual responsibility.

The Democrats were selling a free lunch and Santa Claus – every day!

The Republicans underestimated the selfishness of people willing to sell their children into financial slavery! They also failed to recognize the absolute dishonest nature of too many in the “news” distribution business. It was not that their candidates were weak – a large segment of the voting public was.

John E. Lane

Charlotte

Battle brewing between holders and redistributors of wealth

Electoral College aside, the popular vote was pretty close, ergo a little over half the country is happy the other half sad/mad!

It is my guess the sad/mad group control most of the jobs and more wealth than the happy half, so it will be very interesting to see how the redistributors of wealth will find a way of getting around the holders of wealth?

Murray Coulter

Charlotte


In response to “As overtaxed businessman, I’m devastated by Tuesday’s vote” (Nov. 11 Forum):

As businessman, I appreciate party that helps workers

As a small business owner, I applaud Jim Cherry’s hard work and job creation, but I disagree with his remarks about the election.

My manufacturing business is not over-taxed and benefits from regulations that level the playing field and improve the quality of life for all of us. Our tax code assists owners in ways not available to workers. Examples include depreciation of assets and deductions for vehicle and travel and entertainment expenses.

I am pleased about the election because I believe that while Romney and the Republican Party would work for me, Obama and the Democratic Party are better advocates for my 30 employees, and that will be good for all of us.

Bruce Parker

Charlotte


As a longtime Panthers PSL owner, I’m finally giving up

Having been a PSL owner for more than a decade, I must finally concede defeat.

I’m a beaten down fan that can no longer endure the sorry product that provides little entertainment, and no return on my emotional investment. I pay $15 to park, $8.50 for a “premium” beer, and $4.50 for peanuts. What?

Drew Bennett

Charlotte

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