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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

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 don’t 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

Charlotte

Can’t stand to see taxpayer money wasted on projects we don’t 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 couldn’t help but try to do something about it!

Mel Morganstein

Charlotte

I root for the underdog, focus

on issues that impact women

I’m 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.

Lorraine Stark

Matthews

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 I’m 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.

Thomas Strini

Mint Hill

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. I’ve been influenced by reading Tolstoy, Ibsen, Chekhov and the classical liberal philosophers and economists; Spencer, Bastiat, Smith, Ricardo, Mises and Hayek.

I write because I’m concerned our society is opting for coercion. majority rule, militarism, nationalism and law over liberty, individualism, peace, commerce and voluntary cooperation.

John Cunnane

Charlotte

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