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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Looks to me like Obama threw Susan Rice under the bus

President Obama is indignant over Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain “besmirching” Ambassador Susan Rice’s reputation. But their criticism was a direct result, by the president’s own statements, of the White House not fully informing Rice of the Benghazi truths prior to her assigned task of speaking about it on Sept. 16.

If Ms. Rice is so easily played as a stooge by the White House, how can anyone expect her to hold her own as the head of the U.S. Department of State?

J.T. Nuccio

Charlotte

McCain takes aim at Obama while ignoring GOP failures

In criticizing the president about the Benghazi attacks, Sen. John McCain said this was “the worst cover-up or incompetence I have ever observed in my life.”

Surely he must remember the 1983 attack on a Marine compound in Lebanon, during the Reagan years, which resulted in the deaths of 241 Marines.

Just how can he forget the attack on the Twin Towers in 2011, during the Bush administration, which resulted in the deaths of 3,000 Americans?

Sen. McCain seems to have a very select mind, ignoring the failures of GOP administrations.

Joseph Pepe

Charlotte


In response to “U.S. needs system to prevent suits like that of Tisdale family” (Nov. 16 Forum):

If lawsuit improves security at Charlotte airport, we all gain

Delvonte Tisdale was a high school student, not a terrorist.

In the U.K. there are far stricter laws that protect employees and school children from coming to harm than there are in the U.S.

What may be “frivolous” in one country may be the only way of getting proper protection introduced into law in another.

The lawsuit is not wasteful if it forces the airport to tighten up security.

Roy Badger

Charlotte

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

Comments like ‘free stuff’ helped set voting records

Some people still don’t get it. They continue to say President Obama’s supporters, in the words of Mitt Romney, want “free stuff.”

It is negative comments like these and the disrespect shown our president since he took office that made blacks turn out in record numbers.

Republicans and the tea party have demonized President Obama from day one with the goal of seeing him fail.

When Joe Wilson yelled out “You lie,” the president had to stand there and take it. But we voters didn’t have to take it. We had his back.

He won fair and square. So stop whining.

Sara M. Rhyne

Charlotte


In response to “Firm: Revaluation flawed in places” (Nov. 14) and related articles:

‘Acceptable’ tax reviews not good enough; do better

The bar seems to have been set pretty low for the tax appraisal reviews if the results were termed “acceptable” and in compliance with N.C. law.

Neither of these terms is necessarily descriptive of a well-formulated opinion based upon knowledge of the local market.

By the way, where in this town are there “neighborhoods with fast rising land values”?

I haven’t seen that in quite a few years and I have been at this appraisal stuff for over 25 years.

Glo Kearns

Charlotte


Don’t let NIH research fall off the fiscal cliff; it saves lives

Unless Congress takes action by Jan. 2, support for the National Institutes of Health will automatically be cut by $2.5 billion.

I urge the N.C. congressional delegation to work to protect the NIH from devastating cuts so lifesaving research can continue.

North Carolina is a top recipient of NIH grants. Nearly 21,000 jobs in our state are funded through NIH grants.

If the proposed cuts take place, more than 1,600 jobs will be lost. The last thing this state needs is more lost jobs.

NIH-supported research preserves our nation’s role as the world leader in medical research. But most importantly, research saves lives. Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer in our country, and stroke is the No. 4 cause of death.

Juddson Rupp

Charlotte


In response to “CIA opens Petraeus probe” (Nov. 16):

Look beyond all those stars and bars ‘ineffective’ generals wear

The generals in the news have lots of ribbons and stars, but it is misleading.

Our military commanders have been ineffective for decades. Look at Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan – not a single victory, all left in turmoil.

It’s easy to be impressed with all of the brass, but see the fallacy when you consider the facts.

Watson Burts

Charlotte


Think twice about Thanksgiving shopping; let family come first

Wow, it must be such a rush to be the first one through the door of Wal-Mart at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day! Something to aspire to and brag about on Facebook!

But I’ll never know that joy because some things are just more important to me than being the ultimate bargain shopper, such as spending quality time with my loved ones.

Somehow, squeezing through grasping, jostling crowds and standing in an hour-long line to buy cheap Chinese goods doesn’t conjure up the holiday spirit.

Deb Knapp

Weddington

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