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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Teen stowaway’s family sues over fall from jet” (Nov. 15):

U.S. needs system to prevent suits like that of Tisdale family

The fact that there were security deficiencies at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport does not absolve Delvonte Tisdale of responsibility for his own death. He committed a foolish and illegal act and paid the ultimate price.

If this were the United Kingdom, Tisdale’s family would face the possibility of adverse economic consequences for their attempt to extract money from other parties through the courts.

We should adopt such a system here. It would cut back dramatically on frivolous and wasteful lawsuits of this type.

Steven P. Nesbit

Charlotte


In response to “Romney: ‘Gifts’ won election for Obama” (Nov. 15):

Romney’s blame game confirms Obama was right choice Nov. 6

It’s hard to believe. Mitt Romney is blaming the now famous 47 percent for his loss.

He’s claiming President Obama bought their votes by promising to expand their entitlements – rather than accepting that Obama won with a superior campaign and the combined votes of many diverse Americans.

It’s revealing that Mitt is not willing to accept the responsibility for, nor the reality of, his loss. I’m more convinced than ever that Americans chose the better man to be the most powerful leader in the world.

Bob Rothkopf

Charlotte


In response to Trudy Rubin “The price of Petraeus’ marital sin” (Nov. 14 Viewpoint):

Stop making excuses for these generals and replace them

How can we trust the top spy for America if he can so easily be distracted by another woman? And if Gen. John Allen sent more than 20,000 emails to any one person, when does he find time to do his job?

It is inappropriate to make excuses for them and justify their behavior by reminding the world of the affairs that their predecessors had.

They have a great responsibility to this country and their minds were obviously elsewhere.

No one is indispensable. I’m confident there is someone else who can do the job just as well.

Mary Dare Mayeux

Charlotte

In response to “Petraeus case raises issue of Americans’ privacy” (Nov. 14):

National security trumps privacy; ACLU doesn’t get that

Why am I not surprised that my ever-vigilant ACLU – the organization that protects me from public prayer and traditional religious holiday displays – is more worried about American privacy than national security!

This is not a case of either/or, but rather one of rational balance.

Don Markofski

Mooresville


In response to “Secession pleas from all 50 states sent to D.C.” (Nov. 15) and related articles:

Do those behind push to secede really want another civil war?

While voters in Puerto Rico have voted to join the Union as the 51st state, fair-weather patriots in all 50 states – including North Carolina – are circulating petitions to secede from the Union.

So far, only seven states, including N.C., have accumulated the 25,000 “electronic signatures” required for the federal government to reply to their petition, but others are working hard to get the required number.

Having lost an election, these soreheads seem to want to plunge the country into another civil war. As for me, “My country, right or wrong…” – my country!

Robert Scharff

Charlotte


In response to “My long list of changes for GOP” (Nov. 14 Forum):

Two-party system serves U.S. well, let’s not morph the parties

The way I read Forum writer Richard Johnson’s letter, he is proposing a one-party system for America. Elsewhere this is called a dictatorship.

G.J. Brenner

Matthews


In response to “Republicans lost because voters didn’t have enough discipline” (Nov. 13 Forum):

Plenty of blame to go around on deficit; both parties played role

How did this country go from projected budget surpluses in 2000 to the deficits that worry us today?

Some of the primary reasons include two unfunded wars; large tax cuts in 2001 and 2003; the creation of the Department of Homeland Security; expansion of Medicare to include prescription drug coverage; and decreased revenues due to the Great Recession.

All of these costs came into existence while George W. Bush was president, and they were still present when Barack Obama took office.

Let’s give both political parties their due when talking about the deficit.

Arnie Grieves

Charlotte


Warm thanks from New Jersey for sending Duke crews to help

We just want to send a thank you to all the workers from Duke Energy from the people of New Jersey for all of their work here restoring power after Hurricane Sandy.

These men and women worked 16-hour shifts for about two weeks in cold and snowy conditions. We are very grateful.

Rande Schutsky

Yvonne Schutsky

Basking Ridge, N.J.

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