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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “McCrory gives protesters cookies; they give them back” (Aug. 1):

Cookie delivery no substitute for sitting down to talk

The Parable of the Good Governor: The good governor, seeing the crowd that needed to speak to him, crossed to the middle of the road and placed a plate of chocolate chip cookies into the hands of a young woman who didn’t need cookies but only wanted to talk to him.

Rather than talk, he blessed her three times. The good governor then returned with his security guards to the safety of his mansion praising himself that he had shown mercy.

Charles Conner

Charlotte

Gov. McCrory acted for the good of women; I applaud that

Once again, a handful of women are vilifying Gov. McCrory for his dedication to women’s health. He signed Senate Bill 353 into law to protect women.

The requirements are not useless chicanery; rather they are intended to keep the atrocious conditions of Kermit Gosnell’s clinic from being replicated in this state. These requirements would be placed on any other surgical center.

To try to make a dangerous procedure a bit less hazardous for women who choose to undergo it is laudable. I thank him for his decision to uphold the rights of North Carolina’s smallest citizens and their mothers.

Kelly Lang

Huntersville


No guns allowed in capitol, but they’re OK at restaurants?

Our legislators just passed a law that allows permit holders to carry a concealed firearm into a restaurant that serves alcohol, keep it in their vehicle on school property, and have it at a parade or funeral.

Clearly legislators feel it is safe and reasonable to freely carry concealed handguns.

Why then are guns prohibited in the legislature? Why is it safe for my children to be near any number of concealed handguns in a restaurant, but it’s not equally safe for the enabling legislators where they work?

I would far prefer we place reasonable restrictions on where and how firearms can be used, but until then I say what’s good for the public goose should be good for the legislative gander.

Jeffrey Bierer

Charlotte


In response to “Voter ID bill won’t prevent fraud, just Democratic votes” (July 31 Forum):

Voter fraud documented; new law won’t cut into Dem’s votes

I would direct Forum writer Jeff Williams and others to the voter fraud perpetrated in Chicago, Detroit and Florida.

The only individuals who should fear voter ID are those who would abuse the system.

Today every individual holds an ID card for numerous purposes – driving, bank accounts, food stamps, travel, etc. I would venture that if any individual were to win the N.C. lottery, he/she would obtain the required photo ID in an expeditious manner.

As for Democrats losing votes, are you kidding?

Frank Harrington

Charlotte


In response to “Teachers take lead at final protest” (July 30):

Quick, get Claude Pope to a classroom to open his eyes

Somebody needs to take Claude Pope, head of the N.C. Republican Party, and put him in an elementary school classroom for about two months. He would be begging not only to get out of the classroom, but for whatever it would take in raise money to keep these incredibly loyal and educated teachers and give them what they deserve.

Terry Bame

Cherryville

In response to “  ‘Liberal largess’ took Detroit; Charlotte headed same way” (July 29 Forum):

Can’t just blame unions; it takes two to tango in Detroit

Forum writer John Hackler blames the decline of Detroit on “liberal largess.”

The truth is more complex.

Although unions demanded benefits and pensions which turned out to be unsustainable, don’t overlook the fact that the large corporations and shareholders got their share.

To make capitalism work, responsible decisions need to be made keeping in mind a balance of competing interests.

Steve Brosnan

Belmont


Complaint fell on deaf ears; as city taxpayer I expect better

The traffic light at East Boulevard and Kenilworth Avenue is the worst I’ve encountered. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, traffic was backed up from East to Morehead Street.

I contacted 311. They informed me there was already a request to look at the light and therefore they couldn’t take another.

They didn’t know the status of the request and declined to let me talk with anyone about it.

Is this any way to serve the public?

Stan Trost

Charlotte


In response to “Man of steel was heck of a player” (July 31):

I’ll miss Drungo as much as I miss games nights in Dilworth

The article about the untimely passing of Drungo Hazewood brought tears to my eyes, with memories of Crockett Park and Dilworth baseball.

I recall the Yanks had a player named Steve Balboni who got a lot of press back then, only to have Cal Ripken and Don Mattingly, respective teammates, end up as major all-stars.

Remember Thursday night was four beers for a dollar?

We will all miss you.

David Conard

Charlotte

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