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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Insider: UNC tolerated cheating” (Nov. 19):

‘No-tolerance’ policy needed for UNC athletes to succeed

I respect Mary Willingham for coming forward with her experiences regarding academic integrity at UNC Chapel Hill.

But I must question the basis of her statement: “That’s everywhere across the country.”

I can assure Ms. Willingham that my alma mater, Notre Dame, embraces and enforces both the letter and the spirit of NCAA regulations, as well as academic integrity.

Statements like Ms. Willingham’s facilitate an attitude of excuse among many, and are simply not true.

Successfully instilling a culture of compliance and integrity will prevent large-scale violations, and, more importantly, truly provide an academic education for our athletes.

Jim Meagher

Charlotte


In response to “McCain takes aim at Obama while ignoring GOP failures” (Nov. 19 Forum):

We deserve the truth from our president on Benghazi deaths

I object to Forum writer Joseph Pepe’s view. President Obama did not have an official press conference after Benghazi. He sent Susan Rice out to mislead the American people.

The way he handled the Benghazi matter overall diminished the terrorist attack on American soil after we should have learned from the tragedy of 9/11.

The American people deserve the truth, and then we can make our judgments.

Patsy Reames

Charlotte


Secede? Be my guest, but

pay up on national debt first

Unhappy citizens from all 50 states have petitioned Washington asking that they be allowed to secede from the United States.

Perhaps, we remaining loyal citizens should not only honor these petitioners’ wishes, but provide them a new homeland.

Because these rebels do not believe in taxes, perhaps they can design a society that can successfully ignore the common good, public education and law enforcement.

Who needs law enforcement or a military when everyone is armed to the teeth? Who needs public education when you already know all you want to?

Before they leave, however, we should, as columnist Dana Milbank suggests, insist they pay their portion of the national debt. Then, lock the gate as the last rebel leaves and let’s think twice before allowing them membership into the U.N.

David Scott

Lake Waccamaw, N.C.


In response to Robert Jeffress “Republican Party needs evangelicals” (Nov. 17 Viewpoint):

Time for evangelicals to reconsider their ‘absolutes’

I am always awestruck by evangelicals’ adherence to their so-called absolutes.

While defending the group’s allegiance to Republicans, Robert Jeffress dismisses many pro-life issues.

The anti-choice position he has aligned with Republicans fails to consider the 30 million people without health insurance who were put at risk during the election. Health insurance is a pro-life issue for people who are already born.

While Mr. Jeffress is clear that evangelicals won’t change their stance just for elections, take a page from Franklin Graham’s recent “epiphany” on Mormonism and update some of your core values to provide a better understanding of what pro-life means beyond the womb.

Galen Luse

Mint Hill


Stop stereotyping me just because our beliefs differ

I am not a racist because I believe Barack Obama is an incompetent president.

I am not a homophobe because I believe same-sex marriage is an abomination to God.

I am not anti-woman because I believe abortion is the act of killing an innocent baby.

I am an American who has every right to believe as I wish without being condemned.

Folks, you need to read George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” to understand what is happening in this nation. The pigs are at the trough.

Richard Greene

Lenoir


In response to “Big spending worked for the GOP in N.C.” (Nov. 15):

N.C. proof that Citizens United leveled political playing field

The writer is president of Grass Roots North Carolina, a gun-rights advocacy group .

The media insist super PACs orchestrated conservative victories in North Carolina.

They don’t mention, however, that the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act struck down by the Supreme Court in Citizens United didn’t just muzzle corporations; it also barred citizens’ groups from even mentioning candidates before elections.

Meanwhile, the media remained free to overwhelmingly endorse liberals.

In truth, Citizens United levels the playing field.

News organizations also ignored thousands of volunteers who phoned voters, walked neighborhoods, and, in our case, distributed 150,000 “Remember in November” voter guides to gun owners statewide.

Voters made North Carolina the only battleground state to repulse Obama and his media sycophants.

Super PACs on both sides spent big money.

What “worked” was voters’ will and volunteers’ sweat.

F. Paul Valone

Cornelius

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