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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Defiant Clinton testifies on Benghazi” (Jan. 24):

Hillary that Observer portrayed not the one I watched on TV

I watched the “interrogation” of Hillary Clinton on Wednesday and do not feel the Observer accurately represented her demeanor and remarks.

The photographs you published suggested she was yelling and belligerent; the headlines suggested she was anything but sincere and honest.

As a nation we should be in one accord, especially Congress, when other nations harm us.

Instead all we hear is partisan bickering and finger-pointing.

Clara Starnes

Lancaster, S.C.

Hearings let Clinton, Democrats off the hook on Benghazi

Broadcasting the hearings reveals the absolute bias and monumental stupidity of many members of Congress.

Some ask questions a good press should ask. But the press is nothing more than a Democrat newsletter. America is ill-served.

The result – Obama and his excuse makers are excused.

Ed Mesko

Charlotte


In response to “U.S. to allow women in combat” (Jan. 24):

Yes, put women in combat,

but don’t lower the standards

This former Army officer stands in full agreement that equal opportunity for all volunteers is long overdue.

I ask only that as they’re accepted into combat arms training – artillery, infantry, armor – there will be no, repeat no, changes to any training course content.

Understand, war is 24/7. There can be no exceptions for size, no time-outs for normal life events, and no lesser passing grades allowed for areas that require the strength and stamina men possess.

There can only be that for which we all strive – a truly equal opportunity to be all that we can be.

Coy Powell

Charlotte

In response to “40 years after Roe v. Wade, the controversy marches on” (Jan. 23):

Facts show more, not fewer, support Roe v. Wade

In Wednesday’s article Dr. Melissa Colbern, who started a crisis pregnancy center, said: “I think more of America is becoming pro-life. I think maybe the culture is changing.”

Unfortunately, what Dr. Colbern thinks is wrong.

According to a Jan. 22 Wall Street Journal article “Seven in 10 Americans believe Roe v. Wade should stand... That is the highest level of support for the decision … since polls began tracking it in 1989.”

One would have to question Dr. Colbern and her crisis center’s clarity of thinking and ability to actually read any facts. What school of wishful thinking did she graduate from?

Kathleen Rackley

Charlotte


Arm teachers? No, but let’s train resource officers better

It is one thing to take target practice, but totally different when someone is charging at you with a gun. Ask any combat soldier.

I certainly would not rely on a teacher to make the right call in a school shooting situation. But much more actual training for resource officers who might come under fire could provide a better comfort zone for all.

S.J. Petruso

Pineville


Spend less time on Air Force One, more time with Congress

The people have spoken. President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden got re-elected. But so did our representatives.

Please work with them.

What sense does it make to take Air Force One all over the place at over $1 million a pop to “take it to the people”? Oh I forgot, you have no fiscal reality.

Please work with the people we sent to Washington.

Nance Woods

Charlotte

In response to “Will Charlotte grad rule Super Bowl ads?” (Jan. 23):

Ad with men in dresses, tutus may not reflect all family values

Goodbye Frito-Lay!

I hope Jeff Klein, senior director of marketing for Frito-Lay, is wrong when he says that dressing men in women’s apparel, wedding dresses and tutus “would appeal to the overall family.”

Hopefully, the overall family is not so desperate for fun, food and sports, that we would trade-off values and virtue.

Pauline Porter

Charlotte


In response to “City to consider upgrades to I-277” (Jan. 15):

Shorter ramps a mistake for

I-277, area’s speedy drivers

Whoa! Shorten the ramps on Interstate 277?

The lengths of ramps are tied to the speed of moving traffic on the I-277 loop.

With a posted speed limit of 55, with most traveling at 60 to 65 mph, it’s critical that merging traffic has a long enough ramp to get up to a safe merging speed. Trucks, buses and uphill ramps just compound the problem.

To shorten the ramps would require a reduced speed limit on I-277. Big problem in a go-fast society.

Gary Coon

Mooresville


Motorist surprised, delighted me with warm act of kindness

I’m a volunteer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Citizens on Patrol program. I was directing rush-hour traffic at a malfunctioning signal at Interstate 85 and W.T. Harris Boulevard Wednesday morning and it was COLD!

Suddenly, a lady slowed her car just long enough to hand me a pair of woolen gloves for my nearly frozen fingers, and she did it with a big smile.

Her act of kindness warmed not only my hands, but my heart! Thank you so much.

Earl Carver

Charlotte

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