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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Voting lawsuits expected” (Aug. 4):

ID required everywhere else I’ve voted, should be in N.C.

Everywhere I’ve lived, I have always been required to show my ID to vote.

I was appalled this past November during my first election in North Carolina. I pulled out my voting card and license as proof of who I was. Much to my dismay, no ID was even asked for.

I looked around at all those in line. None of them had been ID’d? It was unfathomable. Are all these people U.S. citizens? How do we know – no one had to provide identification!

So thank you, Jim Morrill, for writing the story and Gov. Pat McCrory for soon signing the bill.

Janine Bradburn

Charlotte


This isn’t the wild west, no need for guns in restaurants

I pretty much disagree with just about every political stance Jennifer Roberts takes, but her position on gun policy and bars/restaurants is spot on.

Charlotte is not Tombstone, Ariz. in the 1880s. There is no reason to carry concealed weapons in bars/restaurants, or on school property for that matter.

No one is questioning the civil liberty of the right to bear arms, but where one carries weapons is a matter of public safety. Never in 25 years of living here have I felt threatened while dining out or attending a school play.

If Forum writer Cheryl Jones and others feel the need to carry a gun to the local Appleby’s, perhaps they should choose an alternative location.

Tom Quigley

Charlotte

My worry: Who’ll screen those gun-toting restaurant patrons?

Seems as if restaurant and bar owners will probably have to add more employees with the passage of the latest gun law.

Someone will need to check patrons at the door to make sure those carrying guns have not had any alcohol before entering.

I think I’ll stick with the owners who declare guns off limits. Makes things a lot easier!

Chris Horn Williams

Charlotte


In response to “City just wants to be able to siphon off airport revenue” (Aug. 4):

Misleading to suggest City will ‘siphon off’ airport revenue

The mayor of Charlotte is paid $23,052 with expense, auto and technology allowances, for a grand total of $40,952 in cash compensation. Referencing “millions” in the same sentence as the mayor’s salary, as Forum writer John Hasty did, is extremely misleading.

In addition, Hasty seems unaware the U.S. Congress restricted use of airport revenues so the City cannot “siphon off” airport revenue, as he alleges.

The true risk to Charlotte’s citizens is that Charlotte Douglas airport revenue could be used for other airports should the N.C. General Assembly place other airports under an airport commission’s control.

And what makes anyone think political appointees are not political?

Kathleen Britton

Charlotte


In response to “Utilities fight renewable rival” (Aug. 4):

Time to embrace renewable energy rather than fight it

It is interesting that power companies want to roll back incentives on renewable energy sources, but make no mention of the large incentives we give the oil and coal industries.

Renewable energy does not require that we destroy our mountains in Appalachia to get coal or risk oil spills in the Gulf.

We need a unified national smart energy grid that can carry these new sources of energy to replace the antiquated system we have.

Instead of fighting against renewable clean energy, perhaps the power companies should start investing in it.

Lanny Reavis

Gastonia


In response to “Abortion law changes protect women, raise clinic standards” (Aug. 5 Forum):

Support for these babies, moms must extend beyond the womb

Many “pro-life” activists do not fight for “higher health standards” or better living standards for these children or their families once the children are born. They are pro-fetus, not pro-woman, not pro-child.

Instead of trying to shut down “abortion centers,” which in reality provide many more health care services than just abortions, they should focus more on preventing pregnancies with contraception, not abstinence education, and providing support for these families for the long run.

“Life” does not end after nine months in the womb.

Margaret Thomas

Charlotte

In response to “More clinic closings as politics heat up” (Aug. 2):

Media reports graphic details of war; do same with abortion

An article in Friday’s Observer reported that an abortion assistant, rather than doctor, “examined biological material after the procedure.”

What the article did not report is that the “biological material” is tiny, recognizable arms, legs, spinal cords, faces, and other pieces of dismembered preborn human beings. It is standard abortion practice to count and reassemble the bodies so no body parts are left inside the mother to cause infection.

Readers endure graphic reports over animal abuse, wars and murders. Why not abortion?

It’s time for honest investigative reporting.

Susan Collis

Charlotte

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