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The Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

If no fiscal agreement by Congress, slash members’ salaries, benefits

Congress should immediately pass and the president should sign the following law to go into effect on January 1, 2013, if they do not reach an agreement that would avoid the “fiscal cliff”: All members of Congress, the president, and all federal agencies will incur a 25 percent reduction in salary and all future pensions and benefits. They will also have to fire 25 percent of staff and all remaining staff would have a similar reduction in salary and benefits. Presto – reduction in spending and smaller government.

John Vaughan

Charlotte


Gridlock community forum was no ‘conversation’ with congressmen

When the panel at the community forum to discuss congressional gridlock in Washington was over on Friday, the moderator, Sonja Gantt of WCNC-TV, thanked everyone for the “conversation” with the panel of congressmen. It was hardly a conversation with the audience, the people of Charlotte.

Many submitted questions. Few were read. Most of the forum was a chance for the congressmen to tell us why they are perceived as not getting along and why they have low ratings. Most of the attending audience came after work, many without having dinner, for the chance to have a real lively conversation with them, not listen to the moderator and a few handpicked questions paraphrased by an assistant.

I have great respect for all three congressmen and the job they are doing, but the forum was not as billed: a chance for real dialogue to give suggestions to help solve gridlock in Washington.

Jay Dunn

Mooresville


In response to “Retail developer Henry Faison dies suddenly” (Dec. 1):

Henry Faison left remarkable legacy of generosity to others

Henry Faison was a tycoon that many will remember for the buildings he and his business teams assembled through much of the last 25+ years. In addition to this success, Henry was a deeply caring individual – one who gave generously to the causes that captivated him. And he gave to a wide variety of causes and people in need – most often giving anonymously. He made an impact on hundreds, if not thousands of lives. He has left this place better than he found it. We all should learn from his remarkable legacy, and be thankful for his life in our community.

John A. Tate III

Claire K. Tate

Charlotte


In response to “Give Helms building the Helms treatment” (Dec. 2 Opinion):

Voters elected Helms five times – that’s an unrivaled record

To the Observer editorial board: Please explain how Jesse Helms, friend to all, was elected for five terms and 30 years! Who else can equal that record?

Patricia S. Broderick

Mooresville

Helms was a thorn in the side of progressive change in N.C.

My memories of Jesse Helms began in the ’60s when he was a commentator on WRAL-TV. His rails against “Martin Luther Coon” and the “Negri” rabble-rousers and agitators were classic, and his “good Negri” stories still make my blood boil. His senatorial record for furthering the racist policies of the Jim Crow era was exemplary. He was a valued asset to the needs of white North Carolinians. He was, however, a thorn in the side of progressive change in the state. No federal building should be named for him.

Warren D. Smith

Concord

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