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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Jesse Helms and the ‘University of Negroes and Communists’” (Dec. 7 Opinion) and related articles:

Observer’s moral outrage reads like liberal blind hatred to me

To all the Forum writers, and Editorial Page Editor Taylor Batten, who are righteously indignant about the fact that lawmakers are considering naming a federal building after Jesse Helms, I have three words: Bob Walton Plaza.

The Rev. Walton was convicted and served jail time for sexually assaulting a high school student in his church in 1987 and not only kept his job as a county commissioner, but had a building named in his honor.

Incidentally, the building in question still houses some Mecklenburg County Child Protective Services offices. How disgusting.

Jesse Helms may be many things, but he isn’t a pedophile.

Moral outrage? I don’t think so. This is really about liberal hypocrisy and their blind hatred of anything conservative. Period.

David C. Love

Cornelius


In response to “Tea party hero to leave Senate” (Dec. 7):

Way I see it Sen. DeMint’s departure is all about money

Sen. Jim DeMint quit on the people of South Carolina. He will not be missed by anyone except the folks on the far right or tea party members.

Could it have anything to do with money? He makes $174,000 a year as a senator. Now he stands to make over $1 million.

It’s all about him.

John Weir

Charlotte

Sen. DeMint and his divisive politics will not be missed

With the resignation of Jim DeMint from the U.S. Senate, the GOP’s tea party wing has once again discovered that the will of the people trumps the will of the extremists.

Mr. DeMint, who claimed Obamacare would be the president’s “Waterloo,” has decided to turn tail and run after Mr. Obama’s resounding triumph!

The citizens of South Carolina can now elect a representative who works for the people and is not beholden to special interests.

Doug Samut

Mooresville


In response to “McCrory, his money, and transparency” (Dec. 6 Editorial):

Amount McCrory makes on $10K won’t corrupt decisions

After years of winking at and enabling Mike Easley, Jim Black, and especially John Edwards until the last conceivable moment, the Observer has rediscovered its investigative DNA.

Wow, Pat McCrory might have $10K in stocks, the annual dividends from which in the current market might buy him and a guest a nice dinner or two uptown. That will surely corrupt all of his executive decisions.

I know it’s your newspaper and you can print what you choose, but I’m so sad to see a once-solid newspaper let its journalism bleed away into irrelevance.

Jack Peele

Cornelius


In reference to “True balanced jobless benefits plan needed” (Dec. 7 Opinion):

Keep in mind that N.C. had higher unemployment rate

Associate Editor Fannie Flono’s In My Opinion column cited Maryland’s foresight concerning unemployment benefits. It could have been more “balanced” if it also mentioned Maryland’s unemployment rate has been 2 percentage points or more lower than North Carolina’s over the last couple of years. That makes a huge difference in funding requirements.

John R. Sherwood

Charlotte

Kudos to Siers for honoring Brubeck in such a clever way

Sincerest thanks to Kevin Siers for the moving cartoon commemorating Dave Brubeck, a truly amazing musician. As jazz lovers and fans of Mr. Brubeck for many years, we will miss him in live and TV performances. But his many recordings will continue to add to our musical enjoyment. And what a clever reference, Mr. Siers, to the great album “Time Out.”

Martin and Harriet Goode

Rock Hill


I can’t even afford a ticket, so forget those stadium upgrades

Jerry Richardson wants the Panthers’ stadium to be refurbished with upgrades and he wants taxpayers to help pay.

I’m a retired 71-year-old taxpayer who can’t afford parking for games, much less a ticket to the game. Why should I pay any taxes for this while the players reap the rewards?

Maybe we ought to figure out a way for players to pay for all this. Take 10 percent out of their yearly pay. We taxpayers have too much coming out already.

Mr. Richardson and Panthers players, play with what you’ve got.

Francis Bundy

Charlotte


In response to “71 years later, Pearl Harbor account finally gets published” (Dec. 7):

Must reading for those who favor apology for Pearl Harbor

Thank you for publishing Elizabeth McIntosh’s account of the events 71 years ago at Pearl Harbor. The account was informative of the period she wrote about, and after 71 years it certainly needed to be printed.

I would hope those who think we should apologize for the use of atomic weapons to end this brutal war, and save American lives, will read it and understand what brought our country to that decision.

Dennis J. O’Connor

Concord

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