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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Don’t let judge’s decision on soda ban set precedent for U.S.” (March 18 Forum):

Living in a free country means you get to make own choices

Using Theresa Troglio’s logic, we should have the government make all kinds of “shoves” to get us where she and others want us to be. Have a genetic propensity towards cancer? Excise the body part that has caused problems in your family. Don’t do well in school? Send them to labor camps. Having too many children? Be sterilized (Oh wait, we already did that, didn’t we?). Being a free country means that we all get to make our own choices, not just those that someone else thinks we should make.

L.B. Pope

Mint Hill


In response to “American race lines shifting to off-white” (March 18):

I’m fine with the “off-whites” who respect Constitution

U.S. off-white? OK. But what I do mind is “off-white” disdain for the Constitution, the push to socialism, ignorance of history, voters voting for dependence.

White immigrants sought freedom. White voters, a minority, still vote for freedom. We need an “off-white” leader to teach us the Constitution and what made America great. If not, we are not a United States, but a Disparate States.

Ed Mesko

Charlotte


Reward immigrants who follow laws, not those violating them

How can the Observer fail to comprehend that giving special benefits to illegal immigrants will only encourage more illegal immigration? Those who break our laws should NEVER be granted special benefits. The United States has always welcomed legal immigrants who have followed the specific procedures. It’s a slap in their faces that those who violate our laws are given blanket amnesty and REWARDED for doing so.

G. J. Brenner

Matthews


In response to “Too many ignore crosswalks, putting themselves, kids at risk” (March 18 Forum):

In North Carolina, more than defensive walking is needed

It is likely pedestrians ignore crosswalks mainly because they are largely useless. In North Carolina, drivers largely seem to ignore common laws about driving safety. They rarely use turn signals, proceed through red lights and drive through pedestrian crosswalks whether anyone is in them or not. Here, it is necessary to assume the worst of a driver. Defensive walking is required, but involves more than simply using crosswalks.

Richard Schmidt

Concord


In response to “Delaying the recruitment of a DSS director was smart move” (March 17 Feedback):

Dumont Clarke’s reasoning about DSS doesn’t make sense

Lets’ see if I understand Mecklenburg County commissioner Dumont Clarke’s reasoning.

The DSS is a disaster and has been for many years. It doesn’t work – so the best thing to do is leave it without a director for months and that will help this dysfunctional department. He also says “We needed that extended period of interim management by a small, relatively anonymous group of experienced, competent senior managers at DSS.”

Experienced, competent? What department is he talking about?

Ed Garland

Charlotte


President Obama failed his duty to submit budget; GOP hasn’t

The reason the GOP must put forth a budget is because the president hasn’t fulfilled HIS constitutional duties to submit a budget in four years. Of course he doesn’t want any budget constraints, he just wants to spend money on government programs that don’t produce anything but votes for the Democratic Party.

James Sutton

Matthews


On debt, Obama’s words highlight his hypocrisy

On July 3, 2008, Barack Obama (while campaigning) chastised then President George W. Bush over the national debt. He said that Bush had added $4 trillion to the debt and at $8-9 trillion the debt was “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic.” It ‘s now at $17 trillion. What do you call that Mr. President?

Robert Elmore

Charlotte


In response to “The pope and Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ ” (March 17 Viewpoint):

Eugene Robinson’s criticism does Pope Francis a disservice

Eugene Robinson’s attempt to criticize Cardinal Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) for his efforts during Argentina’s “Dirty War” reflect more on Robinson than on Bergoglio. Bergoglio has spent his career helping the poor. During the “Dirty War” he did all he could. Robinson has spent his career sitting at a keyboard, commenting on what other people do.

As Theodore Roosevelt said: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena... who spends himself in a worthy cause; and who if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”

Fred Benson

Charlotte

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