U.S. lies about N. Korea nuclear threat disturbing
For weeks top-ranking Pentagon and administration officials proclaimed North Korea does not yet have nuclear capabilities.
Then, by accident, a Pentagon briefing incorrectly marked unclassified is released, and it reports that North Koreans more than likely do have nuclear capability.
Now the government is trying to downplay that report.
The question is not whether the North will use its nuclear capability; the issue is why did our government lie to us. And what else do they lie to us about?
In response to U.S. drone war kills more than al-Qaida (April 10) and related articles:
Drones kill terrorists and future terrorists; thats the mission
McClatchy reporters seem to think collateral damage drones create is more important than the mission they accomplish.
Al-Qaida leaders surround themselves with family and civilians for their own protection or political ammunition, without regard to the danger they place these people in.
The minor al-Qaida soldiers who may be killed are still terrorists and some would progress to become leaders.
Visualize the hundreds of thousands of citizens women and children, too that these terrorists have indiscriminately killed or maimed, including almost 3,000 in New York.
Tega Cay, S.C.
Purpose of Second Amendment is getting lost in gun debate
Part of the intent of the Second Amendment was to help protect the people from attempts to implement an oppressive government in this country.
Considering the excessive and abusive use of executive privilege during the past four-plus years, we should be wary of letting our emotional response to tragic situations cloud our judgment of the amendments importance.
In response to Bill would ban abortions for sex selection (April 11)
Samuelson should shift focus, stop chipping away at abortion
House Bill 716 intrudes on the privacy of every woman who seeks an abortion in our state.
This is the second time N.C. Rep. Ruth Samuelson has tried to discredit a personal choice made by individual women. The first time, a federal judge stopped the requirement for a woman to have an ultrasound before an abortion procedure.
As a woman, Samuelson should be initiating legislation to enhance women and their causes. But she keeps trying to chip away at abortion instead.
In response to Closed door stadium deal a shady self-serving scam (April 12 Forum):
Condemnation of stadium deal was way over the top
Shady deal, closed doors, relocate millions of tax dollars to a billionaire for new toys, sleazy shell game, corruption, cronyism, cynical disregard for tax dollars, self-serving political hacks...
Leonard Pitts would have difficulty topping Forum Writer Wayne Powers melodrama.
In response to Morrison yet to prove worthy of large sum he wants for CMS (April 11 Forum):
Cant run public schools like a business; wont work that way
Forum writer Trigg Cherry has it backward. Public education is funded with tax money.
Starving the beast until it is successful is folly.
Atlanta hasnt ruined the reputation of public school administrators. Perhaps the relentless testing has ruined some educators whove seen their livelihoods threatened or destroyed.
Privatization efforts are ruining the commitment society has made to provide an equal opportunity for all of our children.
Dont fall for it America! Stand for public education!
Lake Wylie, S.C.
In response to Charlotte residents rally for immigration reform (April 10):
Latino protestors should sing Americas praises at rallies
The article said those in favor of immigration chanted, carried signs and sang songs in Spanish on a 3-mile march in Charlotte.
Dont these people get it?
I have no problem with immigrants joining our country, legally. But wouldnt you think they would understand that this is our country theyre coming to and they should at least try to conform to our way of life?
A good first step would be to chant and sing in English! I might suggest they sing America the Beautiful, in English.
In response to N.C. lawmaker equates Islamic prayer with terrorism (April 10 CharlotteObserver.com):
N.C. pols must stop using fear to promote political objectives
Its ironic that Republican lawmakers like Rep. Michele Presnell are the ones who promote fear tactics against Islam, yet seek to make Christianity the official state religion.
We should not impose any one faiths prayer over anothers before beginning government business. Government meetings are not church socials, and our elected officials represent all the people, regardless of faith.
Terrorism is the use of fear to promote a political objective. This definition describes Presnells actions.
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