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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Suspicions fueled by FBI’s lengthy silence” (Nov. 13 Editorial) and related articles:

I suspect president knew before election about Petraeus affair

I was struck by the fact that both the attorney general and FBI director were aware of the Petraeus affair this summer but did not inform the president. That is hard to believe.

Both should be asked to resign for not informing the president. Or, did they tell the president and he chose to not to say anything until after the election?

This whole thing does not pass the smell test.

Bill Sherritt

Fort Mill, S.C.


In response to “Senators propose big changes in immigration law” (Nov. 12):

Talk across the aisle on immigration a hopeful sign

It pleases me greatly that two senators from different parties are working together on legislation to change immigration laws.

Perhaps this is an indication of successful peace negotiations between Democrats and Republicans. A bipartisan approach is the element that has been missing for several years. Perhaps members of Congress have finally decided to place the interests of voters above partisan politics and do some good for a change.

Alden Segrest

Denver, N.C.


In response to “Obama won, but reluctant businesses still won’t invest” (Nov. 11 Forum):

Pump those trillions ‘on the sidelines’ back into economy

If businesses have trillions of dollars “on the sidelines,” then taxes and regulations haven’t damaged them. If they would invest this cash in research and development and hiring, they could turn the economy around without government stimulus.

Then, everyone would benefit.

Katrina and Sandy both demonstrated a need for oil refineries in more locations. And we know that Exxon/Mobil has lots of money. They lose money when people can’t get gasoline, so I don’t understand their reluctance to improve the situation.

Where’s the entrepreneurship I keep hearing about?

Elizabeth M. Kerman

Charlotte


Feel like I’m watching society crumble, and it grieves me

My first husband worked for US Steel in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. I witnessed the unraveling of a giant company from poor, shortsighted decisions. They survived as a diminished company.

Election night I watched the unraveling of a unique and great nation due to poor, short-sighted decisions. We will survive as a diminished nation.

Today, I am frustrated and deeply grieved. My husband and I will have less income and reduced health care in our later years. Our children and grandchildren will be saddled with increased debt and taxes.

We forfeited the American spirit of personal responsibility to become a government controlled society. How sad.

Ellen Eller

Davidson


My long list of changes GOP must make to win back voters

If the GOP wishes to be credible again, they’ll have to:

Never again allow Karl Rove to have any involvement in any campaign; purge their ranks of the tea party, evangelical “Christians,” birthers, bigots, homophobes, racists and “child of rape” defenders; become pro-choice; bring back all the moderates who were chased away; end all “illegal” immigration talk; embrace Obamacare; understand and acknowledge climate change; and, I hope, promise themselves they’ll never again come across as the extremists they painted themselves to be.

Maybe then they may win an election.

Richard Johnson

Rock Hill


In response to “Burden of education loans extends past students to parents” (Nov. 12):

Change laws to ease burden on students, parents buried in debt

While there is “never” enough money for competing needs, we are continually advised that our state constitution demands we spend it. The article about bankrupt students and bereft parent co-signers shows the results.

Change the laws to allow students to discharge their crushing debt through bankruptcy filings.

Only then will meaningful, career-worthy courses and degrees be offered.

P.A. Williams

Matthews


In response to “Election convinced me we’re now ‘an entitlement society’ ” (Nov. 9 Forum):

Diverse set of voices in U.S. and all of them deserve to be heard

The attitude expressed by Forum writer Angela Stegall and others on the right is ugly and un-American.

In this country there are people who live in cities, people who live in swamps, straight people and curly people, white people and brown people. There’s even a blue guy out in California.

They’re all Americans and all have a voice that deserves to be heard. Apparently some people believe we should change the words to Woody Guthrie’s song to “This land is my land, this land is my land.”

Tony Hinson

Concord


In response to “Gordon fined $100,000 for wreck” (Nov. 13 Sports):

NASCAR dying a slow death, turning into a vanilla sport

The fine on Jeff Gordon is excessive, and these fines are killing the sport.

Stuff like this has always been a part of NASCAR, but now they’ve made the sport so vanilla there is nothing exciting about it anymore.

The loudest cheer of the race was when the pit crews were beating the heck out of each other, but I guess NASCAR wants to keep the sport boring and uninteresting.

Tripp Cherry

Charlotte

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