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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Judge makes morning-after pill accessible” (April 6):

Judge’s ruling on pill is a common sense decision

I think we all should applaud the decision of federal judge Edward Korman to make the morning-after pill easily accessible to all women. His decision and explanation for it easily justifies use of the term “common sense.”

You would also expect social conservatives to solidly support his decision since it will obviously lead to fewer abortions, which they seem to despise so much.

Or, perhaps in opposing the ruling, they really oppose sex for any reason other than procreation.

Bonner Mills

Mt. Holly


In response to “Wrestling with a legacy: Life, death of Reid Flair” (April 7):

Could Reid Flair tragedy been prevented by court system?

Reid Flair paid the ultimate price for his actions. Our court system surely didn’t do him any favors. I couldn’t help but wonder if there had been some consequences for his multiple prior arrests for drug usage, maybe a different path would have presented itself.

Instead, dismissed charge after dismissed charge made it easier for him to commit his final tragic act.

Brad Frazier

Cornelius


In response to: “Making college kids vote at home will cost GOP my vote” (April 7 Forum):

Absentee ballots save college students that long drive home

Kurt Hausler laments his concern for his children’s future college-age voting with N.C. Senate Bill 667 looming. You can not have it both ways. Is your child’s permanent residence with you or at college? Are they not on your “home” auto insurance policy? How about your health insurance?

I assure you, Mr. Hausler, many college students in the past have had to endure the hardship of voting in their “home” district for many years. My children figured out how to fill out an absentee ballot and mail it in and never had to “miss classes or drive six hours” to vote.

I’m sure yours will, too.

J.S. West

Charlotte


In response to “What’s Next? Familiar names floated among potential mayoral candidates” (April 7) and other articles:

Foxx’s resignation an example of self-imposed term limit

As a registered Democrat, I applaud Mayor Foxx’s decision not to seek re-election. This should serve as an example to the politicians who claim to support term limits and then hang around forever.

I wish him the best of luck in whatever he chooses to do. And I hope we can now get a Mayor who represents all of Charlotte

Gautam Bose

Charlotte


In response to “Minimum wage increase won’t have impact Obama, Harris tout” (April 7 Forum):

Corporations force employees into difficult choices with jobs

Perry Clark’s letter in Sunday’s Observer neglects to consider a couple of important points: It is now all too common for workers to juggle multiple jobs because they have no other way to afford basic necessities like food, car insurance and fuel.

Employers have forced a majority of minimum wage workers into part-time employment in order to circumvent requirements for providing basic health care coverage to full-time workers.

This is corporate exploitation of the worst kind. And the workers who have no other options in this economy are stuck with it... thanks to inaction from both parties.

Raymond Moore

Concord


In response to “We need only one gun law” (April 7 Buzz):

We already have one gun law, and it should be left alone

I agree with the Buzzer there should be one gun law. We have one, the Second Amendment, and it clearly says my right to own and carry guns shall not be infringed. I agree with severely punishing PEOPLE who use guns to commit crimes. Leave us who simply own and carry guns alone.

Alan Dockery

Newton


I like ‘mike’ (but not ‘mic’) because it makes sense

I recently received an e-mail announcing “open mic” night at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Mic, alas, is evolving from a technophiles’ abbreviation into an accepted colloquialism for microphone.

Mike filled that role for decades before mic made its ungainly appearance. I like mike. It’s pronounced the way it looks. Mic isn’t. Think of some other American words whose “ic” ending is pronounced “ike.” See?

Those who lic mic no doubt would write, “Let’s hic along the turnpic to the dic, where during a storm the lightning strics make the tics on their trics say ‘yics!’ ”

I enjoy new words that make the language richer. Mic just makes it more confusing. I say nip it in the bud.

Ed Williams

Charlotte

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