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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Dems cry foul at sweeping vote changes” (July 24):

GOP push is pathetic attempt to manipulate election results

How do measures like cutting early voting address voter fraud?

It does nothing of the kind. It only serves to create long lines and torturous waits as witnessed in Florida.

Eliminating straight-ticket voting is designed to further slow the voting process.

Special restrictions on student ID are another blatant attempt to discourage those less likely to vote Republican.

It’s shameful and pathetic to see politicians try to influence election results in this manner.

The real fraud occurs when Republicans like Sen. Bob Rucho use words like “integrity.”

Kelly Stevens

Charlotte

Election law changes much needed, not discriminatory

N.C. election laws are changing one way or the other, and long overdue.

It seems all the news, though, is focused on Democrats and their core bases constantly whining about how the changes will make it harder for the elderly, poor, minorities and students to vote. What we’re not reading with any real validation is “how” and “why.”

One and a half weeks is more than enough time for early voting. Giving voters until 2016 to get a photo ID is more than enough time. Those who always wait until the last minute or look to play the “poor discriminated me” card are the problem, not the guidelines.

Floyd Prophet

Kannapolis


We need airport authority; drop the lawsuit and reinstate Orr

Sen. Malcolm Graham suggests that you don’t try to fix a $10 billion enterprise before it is broken. I’d say that is precisely the time you change it – to prevent mismanagement and political favors regarding airport vendors and contractors and overpayment for services.

One only has to look at Detroit, Chicago and Atlanta to see what bad governance can do to a city.

Adopt the authority, drop the legal action and reinstate airport director Jerry Orr, who has had no hint of political influence or fraud in more than 20 years of service.

James Pressly

Charlotte

Airport battle making us more Mayberry than world class

The airport fiasco reminds me of the Andy Griffith Show with our state legislators as Andy, Jerry Orr as Barney Fife, the Charlotte City Council as Gomer, and Charlotte as Mayberry.

It is a real comedy of errors. If it were a TV show, it’d be a smash hit. But in reality it’s a sad commentary, in as much as the entire nation is looking at this as one big fumbling mess for Charlotte and North Carolina.

We want to be a world-class city, but we have a long way to go baby!

John Corcoran

Charlotte


In response to “Charlotte firefighter charged with felony assault” (July 21):

Two victims in this case, both must be protected from harm

As a clinical social worker, I was deeply concerned to hear a firefighter was charged with assaulting his girlfriend and killing her cat.

Violence toward animals, or the threat of it, is often used to intimidate spouses and partners, which compromises the safety of all involved.

It’s important that authorities pursue both crimes comprehensively. That includes ordering psychological counseling to help determine the source of the behavior if the suspect is convicted.

There have already been two victims in this case; all available means should be employed to prevent there from being any more.

Maria Stine

Monroe


Zimmerman verdict opened old wounds, revealed bitter truths

In the light of recent events and the obvious lack of justice for Trayvon Martin, we are forced to remember and ponder the injustices of our dark past and drink from the bitter cup of prejudice and hate once again.

And in the awakening of these realities, let us also remember and accept the bitter truth. We cannot legislate love.

O.W. Prince

Sumter, S.C.


In response to “Weiner will stay in NYC mayor’s race as wife lends support” (July 24):

Sure, South had Sanford, but NYC has no room to criticize

Gee. All those Yankees commenting on how morally backward we Southerners were when South Carolina elected Mark Sanford.

Now they have two, count ’em two, morally questionable candidates running for office in New York City.

Joe F. Myers

Charlotte


McCrory interview was true dialogue; I want more of that

It is good to have John Hancock back on WBT in the afternoon. His excellent interview with Gov. Pat McCrory Tuesday afternoon gave some good insight into the airport situation.

Others could learn a thing or two from Hancock. The philosophy that all things related to government must be bad, and the tendency to burn all bridges with people who work in government, prevents some true education and dialogue from taking place. And remember, agreement is not necessary.

Tip Nicholson

Statesville

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