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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Keep it up and N.C. will have a hard time finding good teachers

Shocking, isn’t it, that our state government deems it an investment in a child’s future to freeze teacher salaries, eliminate tenure and discourage teachers from the profession?

North Carolina should be ashamed for treating the educators of today’s youth this way.

Teachers work long hours, work on weekends, and spend their own money in their classrooms. They invest love, time and compassion in the children they teach. The least North Carolina could do is make a serious investment in them!

This state will soon find there is a shortage of teachers to meet the needs of students in days to come!

Kim Kaczmarek

Charlotte


In response to “Silencers now legal for N.C. hunters” (Aug. 1):

Allowing N.C. hunters to use silencers puts others at risk

How does a bill allowing N.C. hunters to use silencers fit the agenda of smaller, less intrusive government?

Do we really need legislation that could endanger someone who doesn’t hear the hunters’ gunfire, when the hunters could simply wear noise-protective headsets like those used on airport tarmacs?

Ron Rabatsky

Waxhaw


In response to “The danger and value of revealing secrets” (Aug. 1 Editorial):

No new law needed; First Amendment covers it all

Thursday’s editorial suggested Congress needs to write a law protecting the news media from government interference.

This desire is based on the unprecedented police-state activities of the Obama administration against reporting and leaks.

Since it’s not just the media that needs to be protected from its government, but all people of the United States, I suggest the following, which should suffice:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Any language beyond that will act to allow government more leeway in its nefarious activities, not less.

Lewis Guignard

Crouse


In response to “Environmental groups target coal ash threat” (July 24):

Coal ash is a threat; don’t let Duke off the hook on clean up

Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds are a stain on North Carolina’s landscape and a burden on North Carolinians’ health.

Coal ash ponds left over from the Riverbend power plant on Mountain Island Lake leak dirty, nasty toxins into our water supply every day and Duke’s recent settlement ensures Duke won’t have to do anything about it in the near future.

The N.C. Division of Water Quality has written Duke a blank check to continue to endanger the health of North Carolinians for a long time.

Jordan Woods

Charlotte


In response to “Abortion clinic closed by state” (Aug. 1):

Abortion law changes protect women; raise clinic standards

As one who counseled abortion-minded mothers and peacefully protested at abortion centers for 40 years, I applaud the legislature’s commonsense law protecting vulnerable women.

Through my work I saw ambulances take women away after botched abortions and spoke to women who had witnessed unsafe health conditions.

While the Observer calls it “abortion politics,” honest people recognize the need to regulate this lucrative, bloody business. Higher health standards for abortion centers, banning gender-selection abortions, respecting the conscience of medical personnel and demanding abortionists be present during an abortion aren’t political, just reasonable.

The enabling relationship between media and the abortion business has long been obvious. When will they report on abortion truthfully?

Diane Hoefling

Charlotte


In response to “Bias revealed in daily criticism of Republicans in Raleigh” (Aug. 1 Forum):

Reporting isn’t unbalanced, but legislature’s policies sure are

Sadly, there are those who either cannot see or refuse to see the apparent unbalanced policies being crafted by the current N.C. legislature.

These policies simply seem to benefit primarily the wealthy and corporations. North Carolina is “Open for Business,” yet closed to her constituents.

The Observer’s reporting simply highlights the obvious.

Upton Sinclair once said: “It’s difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary or continued lifestyle depends on his not understanding it.”

Albert W. Moses

Charlotte


In response to Joe Nocera “Lawyers’ harmful business model” (July 31 Viewpoint):

Lawyers share blame for loss

of trust in U.S. justice system

In his 2009 book “Life Without Lawyers,” Philip K. Howard, claims that modern law is the main cause of society’s decline.

As the number of lawyers in America doubled from 1970-2000, common sense and concern about our common good declined.

Americans no longer trust American justice, with good reason – as the BP case cited by Joe Nocera exemplifies. And lawyer jokes are no longer funny.

Sheila Peltzer

Charlotte

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