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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Roe v. Wade: 40 years of discomfort” (Jan. 11 Viewpoint):

Roe v. Wade court decision a stain on our nation’s history

Op-ed columnist Gail Collins calls Roe v. Wade a “great” decision. What’s so great about the destruction of over 50 million pre-born children in our country since 1973?

Young Americans seem to be getting it right. Many have stopped buying the lie that abortion is just another choice among many in life. They are naming it for what it is: The willful taking of innocent human lives.

The shameful Roe v. Wade decision is a dark blot on our country’s history and is anything but “great.”

Patricia J. Hennessy

Charlotte


In response to “McCrory visits his political roots” (Jan. 10):

Way I view it, McCrory’s ‘roots’ don’t seem to be very diverse

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Thursday’s front-page picture showed Gov. Pat McCrory, with a headline that said “McCrory visits his political roots” – and he is mostly surrounded by old white men. Priceless.

Sharon Simpson

Charlotte


Solution is armed volunteers in our schools, use ex-servicemen

Ban all guns? Not a chance.

Arm all school teachers? Unrealistic.

But consider the vast number of prior service members, especially former active duty Army and Marine personnel, fully trained, permitted to carry a handgun. These volunteers could serve as auxiliary police, supervised by the police and fully checked out, of course.

They could even wear some sort of uniform, but I’d prefer plain clothes, like air marshals.

Normal police response is not very timely, but a trained ex-grunt with even a little firepower could mean a great difference.

Henry N. Graham

Charlotte


In response to “Obama failing the nation, taking his supporters down with him” (Jan. 10 Forum):

GOP’s recipe of posturing, theatrics just isn’t working

I’m a progressive “blue crab,” but alive and well.

You obstructionist GOP chefs taint progress for immigration, women, fiscal balance and science. Americans prefer Medicare and Social Security to a bloated defense budget and tax code largesse for the rich.

Now you want to hold the entire U.S. economy hostage over a debt ceiling that was increased seven times under George W. Bush and 18 times under Ronald Reagan.

There is a reason the GOP has lost the popular vote in the last four presidential elections. America is tired of the GOP’s inconsistent theatrics.

Legislating responsibly is more important than posturing to win gerrymandered districts.

Chip Potts

Mooresville


Baffling that budget ideas once mainstream now are radical

Remember only about 30 or 40 years ago when balancing the federal budget, lower taxes, smaller government, a reasonable national debt and reasonable spending were mainstream thinking for at least 70 or 80 percent of U.S. citizens?

That’s radical thinking now folks. Wow, what a difference elections make.

Jerry K. Sammons

Unionville


In response to “Survey: small business owners still wary” (Jan. 9):

Taxes, regulations don’t trump sales in successful enterprise

So, a survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses finds that poor sales ranks third behind taxes and regulation as the top business problems. Really?

The small business I worked for felt that sales – people actually buying your product – was always the most important part of a successful business.

Taxes and regulations are, of course, important considerations when running a business, and at times can be frustrating, and yes, unfair. But to rank them over actual sales is ludicrous.

Maybe some of these businesses should focus more on getting and retaining customers, which is virtually the only reason a business succeeds or fails.

Roger Craig

Mooresville


In response to “In defense of those GOP ‘no’ votes on aid for Sandy victims” (Jan. 9 Forum):

Great nation wouldn’t withhold aid from hurricane victims

It was at first saddening, then infuriating to read Forum writer Larry Gregory’s salute to those in Congress who in effect said “Tough luck – your problem, not ours” to victims of Sandy.

If his views are reflective of its citizens, Mr. Gregory need not fret any longer about our being a “great nation.” His letter alone should suffice to dispel that fiction.

Bernie Hargadon

Charlotte


Quick! The world badly needs

a grammarian like Kilpatrick

Am I the only one who misses James Kilpatrick?

It’s a new year and way past time to replace his wonderful column. I am so frequently appalled by the common mistakes in printed materials and on-air reports.

Surely someone would be happy to succeed Kilpatrick in the valuable service he rendered.

How about it?

Julia Reynolds

Charlotte

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