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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Panel urges changes for UNC” (Sept. 4):

To end academic fraud focus on true mission, not on athletics

The new recommendations for “reforming” UNC Chapel Hill’s athletics make it clear that nothing will change and that UNC athletic-academic fraud will continue.

The only way to stop the athletic fraud is a complete shutdown of the UNC athletic department and the Rams Club.

Then, UNC can concentrate on its real mission – education and research.

Marcus Henry

Durham

In response to “Hairston fined $40 plus costs for I-85 ticket in July” (Sept. 4 Sports):

Letting Hairston off easy no deterrent for him, others

In May, UNC basketball player P.J. Hairston was cited for speeding. In June, he was cited for marijuana possession and driving without a license. In July he was cited for reckless driving for going 93 mph in a 65 mph zone.

The June charges were dismissed.

The July charges were reduced to 75 mph in a 65 mph zone and he was ordered to pay a $40 fine and court costs.

With results like that, it’s no wonder he continues to run afoul of the law. Perhaps a stronger penalty would serve as more of a deterrent – and as a learning experience.

Eric D. Swanson

Charlotte


In response to “Movie studio hinges on state” (Sept. 1):

Rucho doesn’t get it; film industry a plus for N.C.

Once again Sen. Bob Rucho demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding. Of course, North Carolina’s film industry incentives create jobs – not only crew positions in successive movie projects, but also support positions around the film-making community.

The Eastland Mall Studio project could be the incubator of an east side revitalization.

Sen. Rucho knows industrial development costs something. Whether it is roads, new facilities or natural resources, taxpayers sacrifice something.

If the choice is between film production – a clean, green industry that showcases North Carolina’s natural beauty – and one that ravages it like fracking, strip mining and coastal drilling, I’ll take films any day.

Martha Catt

Charlotte


In response to “Clear choice: Provide a living wage or spend on subsidies” (Sept. 4 Forum):

High-paying jobs will come if government gets out of way

Government does not need to mandate a higher living wage or subsidize people to live.

The government needs to get out of the way and stop punishing business with high taxes and regulations. Then, the free enterprise, capitalist system will work to create millions of high-paying jobs.

President Obama’s policies have helped create low-wage jobs and taken away good paying jobs.

Larry Gregory

Mooresville


Obama’s red line remark painted U.S. into a corner

The drumbeat for military action in Syria, coming from the White House and some members of Congress, represents the same world-police mentality that drew the United States into war in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

As Vladimir Putin urged Saturday, the U.S. must ask where the benefit is from those wars?

If President Obama had not painted himself into a corner with his “red line” remarks, he wouldn’t now be scrambling to defend American honor before the world.

Chris Cole

Huntersville


Retiree with a big heart is

an inspiration to us all

I loved Mark Price’s article celebrating the seaside ministry of Bill Spier (“Charity experiment proves big success – Charlotte retiree’s effort to collect food from beachgoers hits 100,000 pounds,” Sept. 4). What an example for the rest of us.

Instead of spending his summers at the beach working on his golf game, he’s doing what he can to help the hungry, one unopened can of veggies at a time.

There’s a bigger story here, of course: The power of one person with a great idea and a good heart to change the world.

Ken Garfield

Charlotte


In response to “To gain respect, first respect yourself; don’t dress scantily” (Sept. 4 Forum):

The most covered women in the world aren’t always respected

Granted, modesty is a good thing. But the women who live with the least freedom or respect are required to wear burkas.

How scanty is that?

Maggie Nelson

Monroe

Fiscal conservative like Payerle best fit for Dist. 6 voters

Occasionally someone with a rare combination of intellect, energy and high character steps forward to run for Charlotte City Council.

Kate Payerle, a candidate for election in District 6, is such a person.

If successful, Kate will be a smart, progressive and effective advocate for her district and a champion of fiscally conservative government for the benefit of our entire city.

I encourage everyone in Dist. 6 to vote for Payerle on Sept. 10. You’ll be very glad you did!

Richard Vinroot

Charlotte

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