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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Background checks on candidates” (Aug. 17):

Candidates’ backgrounds

make for compelling reading

Jim Morrill and Maria David’s article investigating the backgrounds of the 43 mayoral and City Council candidates was painful to read, but illustrative in its detail. A sidebar identifying those candidates without legal, financial or civic baggage would have been equally compelling.

Paul C. Perlik

Charlotte


Part-time economy may be inevitable, but is not reform

America is moving rapidly toward a part-time economy. The employer benefits, except in finding people willing to accept this.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is promoting immigration legislation not to help the middle class, but to import younger, cheaper workers for himself. As the tech giants heavily fund elitist politics, politicians do the math and march in line. This “reform” is cynical, and in the end, self-destructive.

Perhaps this is part of the natural process of expansion followed by collapse and rebirth. Perhaps the part-time train wreck is unavoidable. Here’s hoping we all can be among the survivors who get off the track before it occurs.

John Eberle

Cornelius


DSS accepts reasonable documents establishing ID

This past week I read on the Opinion page the statement “.....never heard the first complaint about showing a photo ID to receive food stamps....” This was mixed in with an unrelated statement “....necessary to prevent Dems from stealing elections....”

I decided to investigate. Starting at the Department of Social Services website I found “....Accept any document that reasonably establishes the applicant’s identity....” – certainly not a “photo ID” requirement “to receive food stamps.”

Lloyd Weichinger

Waxhaw

Most people have photo ID - what’s the big deal, protesters?

I really don’t understand these protesters against voter ID. You have plenty of time to get an ID. Most people today have an ID of some kind. What is the big deal? You go Pat. Make these laws and stick to it. You are cleaning up North Carolina.

Shirley Natale

Weddington


Republicans are obsessed

with overturning Obamacare

It seems like the only thing on the agenda for the national Republicans is overturning Obamacare.

The only thing on the agenda for the local Republicans is suppressing Democratic voters so they can finally win national elections and then overturn Obamacare.

They better hurry. Apparently, Obamacare is starting to work.

Jack Matthews

Charlotte

Getting Obamacare insurance is not at all like buying a car

Mr. Obama, this healthcare insurance change is not like rolling out a new car with the glitches. The auto people cannot, according to regulations, roll out anything that isn’t tested and OK’d because it might hurt people. This law will hurt many people. Why do you get to choose which parts of this law are enacted? This is so unconstitutional, it’s unbelievable. Why aren’t people standing up against this? Because they are getting food stamps, free cell phones, free education, free legalization.

Nance Woods

Charlotte

In response to “Gov. Hunt rallies Democrats” (Aug. 18):

Buck up Democrats! We are not powerless in N.C. politics

I was incensed when I read of the defeatist attitudes expressed at the Sanford-Hunt-Frye reception.

Yes, the Republicans are ruining North Carolina’s reputation as a fair and progressive state. But wake up, people! We are not powerless. We can right this sinking ship by getting out the vote. Don’t just give up.

Linda J. Brooks

Charlotte


In response to “Poor and struggling in Charlotte” (Aug. 18 Editorial):

Why don’t we tell the truth about poverty’s main cause?

Never in any article about the poor – specifically in reference to unwed mothers – do I ever see mention of the fathers.

Be it in reference to one child or several children, never is there a mention of the fathers doing their part.

Jerry Fulmer

Wesley Chapel


In response to “Is legislature helping K-12 education?” (Aug. 11 Viewpoint):

Don’t place a limit on teachers to be rated highly effective

It was very disappointing that N.C. Sen. Phil Berger’s recent commentary on education indicated that the senator thinks there are only 25 percent of teachers in North Carolina who are highly effective and deserve performance increases.

That percentage is unbelievably low and excludes way too many good teachers.

I realize that money is limited for salary increases, but it is bad policy to place a limit on the number of highly effective teachers.

Les Linthicum

Harrisburg

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