Final installment of a 2-day series of letters from Forum regulars on who they are and why they write.
My aim is to get people
to think for themselves
My letters are often contrarian; I point out inconsistencies and biases on the part of the news media. In doing so I try to encourage people to think for themselves and adopt positions rationally, out of core principles rather than political reflex.
Of course my best letters are the ones that dont get printed. As a fiscal conservative, my greatest concern is the runaway national debt. Both people and countries must eventually pay the piper.
Steven P. Nesbit
Cant stand to see taxpayer money wasted on projects we dont need
After retiring from a 40-year career as a design engineer with an Army R&D lab in Maryland, my wife and I moved to Charlotte to be closer to our daughter. I volunteer often in the community, including going pro-bono photography work for several nonprofits.
In Charlotte, I found a city and county government that was out of control, continually squandering taxpayer money on over-hyped ego projects. This does not attract people and businesses; it only chases away those who can afford to move. I couldnt help but try to do something about it!
I root for the underdog, focus
on issues that impact women
Im a free lance writer who loves to write about what I believe in. The Forum gives me the opportunity to express my opinion and root for the underdog, too.
I live in Matthews with my husband. I write poetry and vignettes that have been published in various venues.
I support numerous causes for women and I knit scarves for various organizations supporting women of domestic violence.
I hope to sway open-minded readers with facts, statistics
I am 64, a father, grandfather and ex-New Yorker, socially liberal and fiscally conservative.
Issues Im passionate about include equal rights for women, minorities and immigrants, environmental protection, and peaceful resolution of conflict.
I tend to rely on facts and statistics more than rhetoric in my letters in hopes of persuading open-minded readers.
I worry that too many today choose nationalism over liberty
My wife Debbie and I have been married 21 years and have five children. I own a home-building business with my sister and two brothers. Ive been influenced by reading Tolstoy, Ibsen, Chekhov and the classical liberal philosophers and economists; Spencer, Bastiat, Smith, Ricardo, Mises and Hayek.
I write because Im concerned our society is opting for coercion. majority rule, militarism, nationalism and law over liberty, individualism, peace, commerce and voluntary cooperation.
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