Fall of Petraeus says as much about society as about him
We transmogrified Gen. David Petraeus into a national hero replete with dozens of medals that would make an Eastern potentate proud.
He was a political general at best; no General Patton, nor Rommel was he.
His biography illustrates that he was a sycophant of the highest order, yet we still have people admiring him. That’s a sad reflection on our society.
Thank God this will end any political aspirations he had.
Carl J. Hamm
In response to “Firm: Revaluation flawed in places” (Nov. 14):
Big increase in appeals shows county must fix reval process
We should not allow the county nor Pearson’s Appraisal Service to paint an “acceptable” happy face on our severely flawed property revaluation while the most revealing indicator of a broken system goes unnoticed.
Typically, about 10 percent of those who file informal appeals then take their appeals one step further. In this reval that number jumped to 25 percent!
If that’s “acceptable,” our county should be honest enough to wear masks when sending out those dreaded “No change in value” notices.
Fix the process going forward and refund those citizens and businesses who’ve been robbed by their own government.
Dismissing majority of voters
as ‘takers’ is just plain wrong
Since Nov. 6, the Observer has run several Forum letters from disappointed Republican voters bemoaning President Obama’s alleged promotion of “dependence” on government and Americans’ lack of self-reliance.
I voted for Obama, the candidate who proposed to raise my taxes – not for the candidate who promised to lower them without offering any specifics.
I am a middle-aged white male who pays a much higher federal tax rate than Mitt Romney. Dismissing the majority of voters as irresponsible “takers” simply mouths empty slogans that are arrogant and factually incorrect.
In response to “Gay marriage, marijuana are coming to the Court” (Nov. 13 Viewpoint):
A stretch to say there has been a ‘real shift’ on gay marriage
Noah Feldman is an example of what’s wrong with Harvard and many of our universities. He sits in his ivory tower and sees “a real shift in public opinion” because same-sex marriage won in a whopping three states.
He also cites Minnesota, which rejected a constitutional ban but left in place a statute making same-sex marriage illegal. Because Minnesota’s vote fits Feldman’s worldview, he concludes four states is a “striking mini-trend.” Yeah, real impetus for the Supreme Court to make immorality legal.
In response to “White House to review Texas secession petition” (Nov. 13):
Those who threaten to secede must pay up before pulling out
The Texas secession movement reminds me of parts of Charlotte wanting to secede. That idea faded when it was revealed the new Providence community would get a bill from the city for services and infrastructure paid for by the city.
So, let the Texas secessionists have their way – provided they take with them a fair proportion of the country’s debt. In the case of Texas, with roughly one-twelfth of the population, that would be $1.3 trillion!
Could this be the answer to our debt crisis? Any other takers?
R. Charles Hudson
End to Obamacare not possible with John Boehner in the way
The U.S. House is our last line of defense against Obamacare. But they’re not defunding this monstrous law because Speaker John Boehner is blocking any such effort.
With a new solidly conservative Speaker – somebody like Michele Bachmann, America’s Iron Lady – we could put the brakes on Obamacare. We could defund it until the political will exists in both the Senate and House to repeal it.
We Americans should call for Boehner to resign as Speaker because he has betrayed us.
In response to “Bradley students give ‘Straight Talk’ ” (Nov. 6):
We need more programs like Straight Talk in CMS schools
Kudos to Bradley Middle School teacher Gilbert Parker for making a difference in students’ lives and helping them make the right choices.
He began Straight Talk, a club which supports and encourages kids who are “headed down rocky paths.”
Such clubs should exist at every school to help support troubled students.
In response to “As a longtime Panthers PSL owner, I’m finally giving up” (Nov. 13 Forum):
Don’t worry, those fair-weather fans will be back soon enough
Yes, we have a struggling team, but when my husband and I bought our PSLs, we weren’t promised that every season would be legendary.
We’re thrilled that our family can enjoy the NFL experience in our own beautiful city. So, win or lose we’re keeping our seats – confident the Panthers will one day be champions.
That will happen without fair-weather fans who take their ball and go home when things don’t go their way.