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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Don’t jump the gun on chemical weapons; get irrefutable proof

I don’t often find myself supporting an Obama administration position, but I agree with their reluctance to react to the limited information concerning use of nerve gas in Syria.

I would want irrefutable evidence that it was deployed by President Assad’s troops and not by the rebels themselves. It seems to me that those who outfit suicide bombers to further their goals would not be the least bit reluctant to kill a few of their own to bring about the “greater good” of U.S. support.

Sen. John McCain and others ready to jump into the fray need to back off until there is proof positive of chemical weapons and those responsible have been clearly identified.

Roger L. Bennett

Cornelius


In response to “Council mulls tax hike” (April 15) and related articles:

If tax increase comes, so should a new City Council

We’ve been repeatedly told a tax hike is necessary – for the capital plan, the streetcar, the Panthers, the sequestration, and now “because the city has little room to annex.” So presumably we should expect tax increases as a yearly feature?

This is a tax increase seeking a raison d’etre.

Meanwhile we Charlotteans need to seek a new City Council.

Gautam Bose

Charlotte


In response to “Dr. being sued by former NFL player dies” (April 23):

Focus of article on Dr. Brigham did him, his family a disservice

Craig Brigham was an excellent and caring physician, highly respected by his peers and loved by his family and friends.

He treated patients with respect and kindness, explaining complicated procedures, avoiding unnecessary surgeries and always encouraging them to rehab so they could quickly resume life’s activities.

He was a personal friend and looked after several of my family members.

Unfortunately, the Observer’s coverage of Craig’s untimely death implied that his passing was somehow related to a civil lawsuit he faced. The articles focused more on the allegations of this lawsuit than on his life and good works.

Craig and his family deserved more respect.

Richard Thigpen

Charlotte


Focus in bombing case should be guns, not immigration issues

After the Boston bombings, the first thing some elected officials think about is immigration reform? Or, trying the surviving suspect as an enemy combatant?

Both are smokescreens for what some do not want to talk about. Take another look at the fact that both alleged bombers had illegally obtained guns.

Please, let’s reconsider the gun control legislation that was recently defeated by so few legislators and supported by so many of the American people.

Cynthia Rewolinski

Fort Mill, S.C.

In response to U.S. Opinions: New York “The Boston terrorism case” (April 23):

I’m with Sen. Graham; try bomb suspect in a military court

The New York Times editorial criticized Sen. Lindsey Graham for his views on the government’s handling of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. This 19-year-old bombing suspect was radicalized not only by his older brother, but most likely through websites published by Islamic extremists on how to kill U.S. citizens and make bombs.

He is a brainwashed killer and a terrorist who killed innocent people and inflicted pain and suffering on others for the rest of their lives.

He should be treated as a terrorist under military law. A trial by jury will be a waste of time and money. He will be “lawyered up,” and two to three years from now we will be still reading about his case.

J.J. Corcoran

Charlotte

In response to “Bush influences his legacy through presidential library” (April 25):

Even as a conservative, Bush is on my list of worst presidents

With all the hoopla about the Bush library opening, this conservative Republican has pondered how to express and support my view that George W. Bush was one of the nation’s worst presidents. My thanks to Carl Leubsdorf for speaking my thoughts precisely, albeit more mildly than I might have.

History must record that the majority of the nation’s current strife originated in the egotistical, self-serving cranium of Bush.

John V. Doyle

Matthews


In response to “Newtown deserved a more effective president” (April 23 Opinion):

Don’t blame Obama for gun vote failure, blame Congress

Maureen Dowd wrongly placed blame on the president.

The majority of Americans favor enhanced background checks, yet Congress failed to vote the way constituents vote in poll after poll.

The president did an effective job of leading. It’s Congress that fails when it only listens to the gun lobby, not to constituents or the president.

Pat Bullard

China Grove


Problem with Bobcats isn’t the coach, it’s team management

In firing coach Paul Silas the Bobcats’ Rod Higgins said the team’s losing record spoke for itself. Now, after an improved season Coach Mike Dunlap was fired partly because of the record, according to Higgins.

Dunlap was simply doing the bidding of management by developing his young talent over playing veterans.

It’s becoming clearer to me that Higgins is the problem and should get the hook. The team needs some stability and Higgins is failing them on that account.

John Brewer

Charlotte

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