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In response to “The Twinkie Manifesto” (Nov. 20 Viewpoint):

Can’t return to ’50s prosperity while shipping jobs overseas

Paul Krugman’s Op-Ed column on the “Twinkie Manifesto” was very insightful.

He concluded by saying we can do it again – bring back the prosperity of the 1950s.

In the 1950s we did not have unfair trade agreements causing massive trade imbalances that resulted from shipping most manufacturing jobs overseas.

Until we address the problem of unfair trade and the resultant loss of capital from this country due to the pernicious monthly outflow of money, we will never recover from the depression we are in, much less bring back the prosperity of a bygone era.

Allen Cooke

Charlotte


In response to “Obama launches trip to Asia” (Nov. 19) and related articles:

Skip the junkets, let countries come here if they want aid

As President Obama returns from another political junket or “ego tour” of Asia, we need to remind him of the billions of dollars his past travels have cost the U.S. taxpayers.

As a leader of the world’s greatest nation, there is no need for him to waste money on trips abroad when there are so many haunting economic and social issues to be dealt with at home.

Any foreign entity that needs help from the United States can come here and grovel for the “foreign aid” that freely flows to despots and so-called “friends” of America.

Ed Carlson

Charlotte


This holiday I gave thanks for neighbors who show they care

When my neighbor at a previous residence was going to move, she told me, “We want to live in a neighborhood.”

What a strange comment, I thought. Don’t we all live in neighborhoods?

Shortly before Thanksgiving last year, my husband almost died following a surgeries that did not go well. Through that experience we learned what it means “to live in a neighborhood.”

Neighbors, other friends and relatives stood with us in prayer, thoughtful deeds, and meals which did not stop after his hospitalization but continued throughout his long recovery.

This Thanksgiving in addition to life itself, we are thankful that “we live in a neighborhood.”

Sherril Harrill

Charlotte


Time to start serious push for term limits in House, Senate

Why don’t we take more of a stand to promote term limits for the U.S. House and Senate?

Two terms should be mandatory so that new ideas could be addressed. Twenty and 30 years – or longer – is far too long.

Shorter terms would bring new ideas and the possibility of the political parties working better together.

When one person holds the office for so many years, it’s my opinion that more of their effort goes into getting re-elected and the public just votes for a familiar name.

Gloria Giddings

Waxhaw


In response to “My long list of changes GOP must make to win back voters” (Nov. 14 Forum):

Win or lose, I’ll never vote for party that caves to liberal view

So let me get this straight… In order for the Republicans to win presidential elections they must cave in to the liberals’ agenda; totally ignore the laws of God (e.g. Thou shall not kill); pay exorbitant health insurance costs on our minimum wage jobs; and let government completely control our lives?

Forget about pride and responsibility, and just let the government care for you at the expense of those who worked long and hard for their money. I would rather be a “sore loser” in every election.

It will be a cold day in hell before I – and may others – will accept this so-called plan for going “forward.”

Jane Gwilt

Troutman


In response to “Stop counting on U.S. funded bombs to bring lasting peace” (Nov. 20 Forum):

No blood on U.S. hands when it comes to Israel defending itself

Forum writer Jibril Hough knows full well who is bombing the world to pieces. We read daily about deaths, injuries and mayhem caused by so-called suicide bombers. Mr. Hough knows who bombed the World Trade Center.

That’s a lot of innocent civilian blood on a lot of despicable hands.

Mr. Hough’s denunciation of U.S. policy is paramount to saying the U.S. was wrong to bomb Japan after Pearl Harbor, and that Great Britain was wrong to bomb Germany in response to volumes of V2 rockets launched indiscriminately into London.

No sir, Mr. Hough; my hands are clean and my pillow is soft at night.

Jim Champion

Matthews


In response to “Maryland jilts ACC for Big Ten” (Nov. 20 Sports):

I won’t shed a single tear over departure of Terps from ACC

When they win, they often riot. When they lose, they often riot.

The University of Maryland is the only place in the ACC so dangerous to visitors that Coach K’s wife will not attend games there.

Lots of great memories of Duke-Maryland and N.C. State-Maryland games, but all in all, good riddance.

Philip M. Van Hoy

Charlotte

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