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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “No voter fraud in North Carolina? Check provisional ballots” (April 12 For the Record):

Lt. Gov. Forest reveals ignorance of electoral system

As a Watauga County precinct judge for over two decades, I can tell you that Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s claim of voter fraud is flatly untrue.

Provisional balloting is not about voter identity. These are ballots cast by voters who do not appear on a precinct’s election rolls on election day. The reasons are numerous.

It is true that about half of provisional ballots are determined to have been cast by ineligible voters, and not counted. But these voters are guilty of no fraud or criminality. They took the time to fill out an extra form, with an explanation for why they thought their vote should count. These voters should be commended, not insulted. At least they tried.

Perhaps a case can be made for a photo ID law which could disenfranchise thousands of otherwise eligible voters. But to base that case on provisional balloting is truly fraudulent.

Matthew Walpole

Sugar Grove, N.C.

Forest offers timely reminder of problems in N.C. voting

A number of people are saying there is no voter fraud in North Carolina. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s piece is timely. Those who question the voter fraud problem and the need for voter IDs might want to check with the non-partisan Pew Charitable Trust. It concluded in February 2012 that approximately 24 million active voter registrations throughout the United States are inaccurate or no longer valid.

Barbara V. Frazier

Matthews


Sen. Burr was courageous to support open debate on guns

I would like to commend Sen. Richard Burr for backing open debate on potential gun legislation in the wake of Sandy Hook. That took some courage and I thank him for it.

William D. Charnock

Charlotte

Second Amendment is archaic, needs to be replaced

Surely it is time to replace the Second Amendment with one that is clear and up to date. People have been arguing about what it means for decades if not centuries.

The NRA has claimed meanings for it which do not exist. It does not give people the privilege of going hunting, it does not give you the right to shoot an intruder in your living room, and it does not give you the right to defend yourself against your own government (which is a stupid idea in the first place).

It does give the right to defend the security of a free State, which I take to mean that we are permitted to have guns so that we can defend the country. Once our country was formed and we formed a standing army, that “freedom” became meaningless.

Larry Bennett

Charlotte


City considering a tax hike.

This won’t be the last time

The Charlotte City Council wants to raise our taxes again. No wonder people are leaving Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in droves for surrounding counties. The list of bad investments the city has on the books is way too long to list here. The idea that “the city would be able to stockpile some money…” is preposterous. The city has never been able to save any money and this will be no different. Within a year they will be back at the trough asking for another tax increase. Enough is enough.

Tripp Cherry

Charlotte


If North Korea launches a nuke, precision is not biggest worry

First we were told North Korea did not have a nuclear weapon; then we were told they did not have a rocket, then we were told they could not load a nuclear device onto the rocket; then we were told once tipped with a nuclear device, the rocket would not be accurate.

World leaders need to know if North Korea launches a nuclear tipped rocket, it will not matter where it detonates. It will not matter if it is accurate or not. The event of the nuclear detonation in and of itself will change the earth in ways we cannot imagine. The world’s leaders are in denial. They need to get a grip and face reality.

Bob Burroughs

Charlotte


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

College kids lean Democratic; that’s why GOP targets them

Kurt Hausler says he would tell his kids not to vote rather than have to come home. Please be aware that that is exactly the Republican goal: to stop as many college kids as possible from voting.

They looked at the demographics from the last two national elections and targeted the groups who voted predominantly Democratic then crafted legislation to make it most difficult for them to vote.

I was a Republican for more than 40 years. Now I’m independent and will stay that way. Anyone who has to cheat this way to try to stay in power has no value to the people and does not deserve to be in power.

Susan B. Nulf

Gastonia

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