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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

City like Charlotte can’t afford to let NFL franchise slip away

Wake up Charlotte! Wake up North Carolina! NFL franchises are coveted.

If you don’t want to financially support the Panthers, other cities would be only too happy to take the team off your hands.

Other cities have and will build new stadiums in a heartbeat. Other cities have and will fund it all just to get a team.

Like it or not, that’s the way the NFL works.

Patrick Baines

Charlotte

N.C., Charlotte deserve payback if taxpayers help fund upgrades

If Charlotte is going to be a primary source of funding for the Carolina Panthers then some changes need to be made.

First, Jerry Richardson should change the team name to the “Charlotte Panthers.” Second, find a new location for training camp – at an N.C. university rather than in South Carolina where Spartanburg and Wofford College benefit each summer.

Kevin M. Cox

Charlotte


Too much fuss made over

Pope Benedict’s resignation

The obsession of the western world with the pope’s resignation is silly and pathological.

The world is rife with killing of innocent human beings, sectarianism, religious extremism, poverty, gang rapes and consistent moral degradation in spite of the pope.

While the pope enjoys his ceremonial displays to the delight of fools, it is the unsung heroes, men and women alike in the remote corners of the world who impact human behavior and bring about a change for the better by their tireless dedication to noble causes.

Masood N. Khan

Charlotte


We don’t need mandated preschool for kids to succeed

Just as is the case with mandating the minimum wage, mandating preschool falls out of the realm of what the federal government is permitted to do under the Constitution.

Countless generations past didn’t have the benefit of preschool, yet somehow managed to do well in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.

While I am against government mandates, if any kind of education should be mandated, it would be universal education in basic economic principles.

Then everyone from the president on down would understand that no matter how hard it tries, no government is more powerful than the marketplace in setting wages and prices.

Stephen V. Gilmore

Charlotte


Hard to believe NRA’s LaPierre lives in the same country I do

In what country does Wayne LaPierre live? Not my country.

In my country there is no need to be armed at all times. In my country we don’t worry that a fiscal collapse will cause Armageddon.

His plea for every American to buy more guns makes people of good sense laugh and cry. It makes misinformed, gullible people hide in their homes with an arsenal.

In my country patriotism is not measured by how many guns you have. It’s measured by how much we love and fight for wise people to represent us and how, through legal, peaceful means, we maintain a country that’s an example for others to strive for.

Barbara Kahn Roseman

Indian Land, S.C.


In response to “All the new programs Obama wants come with a serious cost” (Feb. 14 Forum):

Obama inherited economic mess, he’s getting us out of it

Did President George W. Bush misrepresent GOP positions? Didn’t this economic downturn begin on his watch? I thought so.

This nation had eight years of GOP policy and leadership and we were led into the Great Recession. The Obama administration stabilized matters, and the Obama administration has led us through several consecutive months of job growth.

Seems to me the proof is in the pudding.

Torrius Grantham

Charlotte


In response to “GOP: No to more Medicaid” (Feb. 13):

Don’t let the current rate of uninsured in N.C. climb

I’m a nurse practitioner at Charlotte Community Health Clinic, a nonprofit, low-cost clinic for the uninsured.

We serve over 5,000 adults and children who have no form of health coverage. We turn away 300 people a month who need care we are unable to provide.

We are only one clinic in one county trying to fill the health care gap daily.

Health care for the uninsured is not a political issue. In a dynamic, robust government that exists to serve the people we have a moral and ethical obligation to provide basic health care to every N.C. resident.

I urge the governor and his administration to tackle this problem without hesitation.

Martha M. Brinsko

Charlotte


Remembering an ‘icon’ who served Charlotte’s poor, elderly

Recently the Observer ran three articles in reference to medicine. Two were headline articles about salaries/compensation and legal actions toward an insurance company. The third was in the Obituary section. It was about a medical community icon, Dr. Charles G. James.

Dr. James passed away Jan. 30. He dedicated his medical career to giving care to the poor and elderly citizens of Charlotte.

He was a fine clinician, medical humanitarian and teacher. Dr. James’ dedication to the medical profession will always be remembered.

L.B. Wallace Jr.

Charlotte

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