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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “GOP in Charlotte to plan next move” (Jan. 23):

GOP can’t get right message out because it’s not listening

It isn’t, as New Hampshire Republican Chairman Wayne MacDonald said, that the GOP needs to do a “better job of getting our message out.”

I’m a 65-year-old pro-choice, gay woman. I’m also a small business owner, get Social Security, have a concealed weapons permit, and I’m for stricter gun control laws.

Two of the most wonderful folks I know are illegal immigrants who are adding more to the small mountain community where we own a home than many natives.

GOP, forget improving your message; instead get the message so many are sending you.

Diana Travis

Charlotte


In response to “Time to invest back into Panthers” (Jan. 20 Viewpoint):

Richardson made hefty profit on Panthers, let him reinvest it

While Steve Luquire’s points about the rewards of having the Panthers franchise in Charlotte certainly ring true, he forgets to mention that the franchise, purchased in 1993 for $140 million, is now worth $1 billion.

It seems Mr. Richardson has been handsomely rewarded for his $140 million investment.

Additionally, 40 percent of the stadium was funded by the sale of PSLs and luxury boxes, and now Mr. Richardson is majority owner of the stadium.

If he thinks the Panthers are worthy of investment, perhaps he should put more of his money on the line, versus burdening the already over-burdened taxpayer.

David R. Brown

Davidson


Obama said we must trim debt; now buckle down and do it

In all of the critiquing of President Obama’s inaugural speech, no one seems to quote this line: “We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit.”

As he laid out what “we the people” must do to fulfill the founders’ dreams, he recognized that deficit reduction must also be a part of the agenda.

While I support most of his goals, it’s time for him to put his money where his mouth is.

For government to provide the equalizing platform for all citizens, it must also be fiscally viable. Best wishes, Mr. President.

Deb Park

Charlotte

Obama selectively enforces laws, so governors can too

In a recent editorial (“Another guns misfire,” Jan. 19), the Observer editorial board lambasted several governors who vowed not to enforce new federal gun laws. “… Federal law is the ‘supreme law of the land,’ and states are bound by it,” the board said.

Yet editors made no mention of the Obama administration’s policy of not enforcing federal immigration laws, marijuana trafficking laws or the Defense of Marriage Act.

I don’t have a journalism degree, but I can spell hypocrite – and I can spot one a mile away.

Alan T. Williams

Charlotte


In response to N.C. Opinions: Raleigh “Both parties like clean water; N.C. should fund it” (Jan. 9 Editorial):

Clean water is critical; give it priority in next state budget

The writer is chair of the Clean Water Management Trust Fund Board of Trustees.

A recent editorial acknowledged that clean water is critical to North Carolina’s economic development and protection of its natural heritage.

The Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) is a non-regulatory program driven by local needs for water quality protection and restoration.

The demand remains great for CWMTF funds. Infrastructure needs alone for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater are estimated at $16.6 billion between 2005 and 2030.

Water is the state’s most valuable natural asset. It plays a key role in helping to sustain our major state economies of agriculture, tourism and recreation.

The CWMTF has proven itself to be an essential part of local and statewide efforts to support economic and environmental health. It should receive priority for additional and recurring funding in the next budget.

John B. McMillan

Raleigh


In response to “Some experts take aim at ‘breast is best’ claims” (Jan. 22 Carolina Living):

Quit fanning flames of tired,

old debate about breastfeeding

Reigniting the old “is breast best” argument is a fun parlor game for news outlets, I suppose. But a reasonable person who steps back and looks at biology and evolution shouldn’t really have any questions about this.

Does anyone really think a concoction created by pharmaceutical companies would be in any way the equal of the diet that has sustained human infants for millions of years?

It’s a silly argument and one I wish you’d stop encouraging.

Wooten Lee Schmitz

Charlotte


In response to “Hobby Lobby can’t control what employees do with paychecks” (Jan. 23 Forum):

Employer shouldn’t have to fund act it finds reprehensible

Even if one grants that an employee has a moral and legal right to use a contraceptive to kill her unborn child, she has no constitutional right to expect her employer to pay for it.

Hobby Lobby may have never had the moral or legal right to control how employees spend their earnings, but it certainly has the right and duty to not use its own earnings to fund what it deems morally reprehensible.

Stuart Smith

Salisbury

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