Sometimes during the holidays we use this space to tell you about ourselves. This year, wed like to introduce you to some of our Forum regulars. Today and Tuesday theyll talk about who they are and why they write.
Letter writing lets me
release my inner journalist
While a student at Wofford College many years ago, I served for two years as the editor of The Old Gold and Black, the student newspaper. The editorial page was my responsibility, which included writing editorials and selecting and editing letters to the editor.
Even though I chose a law career, journalism has remained an interest. So I send an occasional letter to the editor to scratch the itch of a would-be journalist.
You whine, I write; for me, Forum letters are cathartic
I am an unapologetic, non-hyphenated-American WASP educator who writes as a catharsis.
I am weary of our citizens who whine for fairness and demand equality of outcome. Life isnt fair; we are guaranteed only equality of opportunity which should be a function of ones work ethic and integrity.
We are called to care for widows and orphans, and to care for the poor; but, by making them dependent, we disrespect and do them a disservice.
James B. Hall
I aim to shine a light on policies that impact the least among us
I am a retired educator who served the Detroit Public Schools for 32 years as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent.
Ive been married 44 years to my wife Alfreda. We have three grown children and 10 grandchildren. Weve lived in Stallings for 12 years.
I am passionate about issues that relate to average Americans. When I hear of policies that seem to hurt the most vulnerable; I write to express my opinions.
Writing to the Forum soothes my soul, spares my cat
I am still, at 85, a product of the Great Depression and of life on the wrong side of the tracks. Im driven by a need to do battle for those who cant, and for those many causes I believe in strongly.
My weapon of choice for doing this are my letters to The Charlotte Observer my time-tested, effective, no-cost alternative to sitting around talking to myself and taking it out on the cat.
Writing letters to the editor
is in the Cherry family genes
Weve always been a family willing and able to speak our minds about problems and issues within our local government.
The mainstream media doesnt fairly represent the conservative viewpoint, so writing to the Forum is an easy way to have our voices heard.
All five Cherry kids were raised in Charlotte. Tripp, Trigg and Traci write regularly. So does our dad, Jim.
We run a family business in Indian Trail that Jim started in 1967. It was built on old-fashioned values of hard work, independence and saving your money. We write because we see our country getting away from these values.
Real estate is my job, but animal rescue is my life
Animal rescuer/advocate, Realtor, appraiser. I write mostly about animal welfare. I write because some people think animal abuse is no big deal that animals are disposable, that chaining dogs, breeding animals repeatedly for profit, killing them for sport, and considering Michael Vick a role model are all OK. I write because silence condones these practices.
Way I see it, I balance out the Opinion pages for the Observer
While the Observer leans to the left, it makes a conscious effort to include opinions from the right. As a moderate conservative defense attorney I feel obligated to contribute opinions which help maintain balanced editorial pages. Ive practiced law in Charlotte since 1979 and witnessed dramatic changes in government and our legal system, some good and some bad. When I witness the bad changes, I must express my viewpoint.