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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Lawmakers endorse easing law on helmets” (March 28):

Motorcyclists not wearing helmets can cost taxpayers

Motorcyclists should have the right to decide about helmet use – as long as that decision doesn’t put the financial responsibility on someone else, e.g. the State of North Carolina!

Let’s hope the House Transportation Committee spends a little time reviewing data available from NHTSA and the Institute for Highway Safety. If they do, they will discover other states that have made similar changes such as Florida, whose required $10,000 in medical insurance fell short of the $40,000 average costs of treating head injuries. Does N.C. have enough “disposable revenue” to supplement medical bills run up by those that are underinsured?

Bill Kniegge

Waxhaw


In response to “Parade headed for chopping block” (March 28)

Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade is an asset that will be missed

I’m sad at the possibility of the cancellation of the Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade. My father, William Lupo, then manager of Sears, was one of the founders of the parade in 1947. Growing up, I looked forward to riding my horse in the parade. Horses were permitted and we were able to have celebs like Hoppalong Cassidy and Fred Kirby.

Taking my children and grandchildren to the parade was a highlight of the holidays. The Carrousel is one of the best in the area and is an asset to the Queen City’s reputation. Hopefully sponsors will come forward to support and continue our historical parade.

Alice Lupo Bischoff

Charlotte


How far will Republicans go to make it harder to cast a vote?

After introducing bills in the North Carolina legislature requiring voter identification, eliminating straight party voting, and cutting one week from early voting, what’s next the next proposal by the Republicans up in Raleigh to make it more difficult to vote? A return of poll taxes? Re-imposing literacy tests?

Donald Latham

Charlotte


In response to “New ads aim to persuade swing-state senators to back pending gun control bills” (March 25):

Lawmakers, don’t be scared; strengthen gun control laws

It is understandable that some lawmakers fear taking this side in firearms violence legislation. But as a citizen and registered voter I call upon them to support legislation to require firearms purchasers to pass background checks, and to strengthen laws against “straw purchasing” and “firearms trafficing.”

It is high time to end the astonishingly huge number of deadly firearm assaults against helpless victims – victims that from birth through elementary school, high school, courtship, marriage and family rearing – should be entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness... and to expect their elected officials to be appropriately cautious – not callous and careless – with protective firearm legislative actions.

Do your jobs on this ASAP!

Lloyd Weichinger

Waxhaw


In response to “I’m worried about my rights if gays are allowed to marry” (March 29 Forum):

Marriage ban infringes on the rights of gays and lesbians

Nothing in a gay marriage law will infringe upon Ms. Lloyd’s right to believe in “one man and one woman marriages.” But Ms. Lloyd never had any right to force anyone else to accept her belief or to punish or retaliate against them for not accepting her belief.

Robert Scharff

Charlotte

Haven’t we learned from the past? Discrimination is wrong

It simply amazes me that here we are in 2013 and yet we still question whether or not people should be denied the basic right to marriage, employment and healthcare. Society seems slow to learn from its past mistakes. Those who are against LGBT equality seem to fear the loss of their own equality and this just isn’t the case. This is about everyone being treated humanely, equally and fairly.

Heterosexuals who are against same-sex marriage need to examine the current state of “one man-one woman” marriages. Divorce rates are ridiculous and domestic violence cases plague our judicial system. What justifies your fear? If it’s religion – the marriage covenant has been broken, the secret’s out, and the state of “one man-one woman” is failing miserably.

Tammy L. Harless

North Wilkesboro


In response to “Business, education: Valuable partnership” (March 29 In My Opinion) and “Students need businesses to step up, help” (March 29 Viewpoint):

Businesses haven’t been asked to be true education partners

The writer is president of DeHavilland Associates.

On Friday’s opinion pages, Fannie Flono and Paul Myers both argue for business involvement in education. I would suggest, however, that both educators and businesses carefully consider what it means to be a true partner.

Historically, businesses have either supported the pre-set curriculum or worked through extracurricular programs, thereby either enhancing or working around the existing course of study. A relationship where one party sets the objectives and the methods, and the other is only there for resources, can hardly be considered a partnership. To produce the kinds of results we all want to see, businesses must truly be full and equal partners, with a role in setting outcomes, curriculum and instructional strategies. Without that, we are merely sponsors, not partners.

Brett Pawlowski

Charlotte

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