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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Richest 1 percent earn biggest share since ’20s” (Sept. 11):

It’s not the richest 1% I’m worried about, it’s the voters

It is not surprising to read that the richest 1 percent earned their biggest share of total income since the 1920s.

What continues to be baffling is how those who represent the interests of the top 1 percent – and thus implement policies favoring the rich – continue to get elected to public office.

How long are the other 99 percent going to keep voting against their own interests?

F.J. Jesgar

Charlotte


Foolish to think Assad will surrender chemical weapons

Who in Washington, or in the whole world, could be dumb enough to think that Syria will surrender its chemical weapons to international control?

With assurance that the U.S. will not launch any military strike, all Assad has to worry about is where he can hide enough of these chemical weapons to wipe out his opponents – which includes many of his own people.

Are we really that stupid?

John W. McAlister Jr.

Charlotte

President has done admirable job on Syria, foreign affairs

President Obama has ended the Iraq war. He is winding down the Afghanistan conflict. He ordered the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Now, by threatening Syria with a military attack, he has pushed Assad and Putin to the negotiating table where they are ready to find and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons.

When has any president been able to disarm a brutal regime like Assad’s without firing a single shot?

Obama has shown brilliant strategic leadership regarding foreign affairs in general and with Syria in particular.

But as far as the GOP goes, Obama cannot do anything right.

Politics as usual.

Robin E. Oden

Stallings


Kudos to all those who made fabulous new park a reality

The new Romare Bearden Park is a real gem – a lasting gift to all. Admiration and gratitude to the County staff for the vision and planning, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners for the approval, and for the labor and talents of those who built this beautiful park.

Ward McKeithen

Charlotte


In response to “N.C. passes on protecting our water” (Sept. 12 Viewpoint):

Time to see water as the valuable resource it is

I appreciate greatly the wisdom of Professor Dick Schneider’s op-ed piece regarding our dear water supply.

In Steven Solomon’s book “Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization” he coined the term “water is the new oil” which has been used by former Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers and others.

It is not ironic that on the same day the Observer published an article celebrating the discovery of five new aquifers in Kenya (“New aquifers found in desert-dry region of Kenya,” Sept. 12 CharlotteObserver.com).

We must be better stewards with our water supply as it is projected to become even more dear.

Keith Wilson

Charlotte


In response to “Hospital CEO warns of financial woes” (Sept. 11):

Tarwater’s real fear: paying huge salaries CHS execs get

Michael Tarwater, CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System, is crying wolf.

What he is actually afraid of is not meeting payroll for a host of highly paid executives who are milking the health care system and the public for everything possible.

Didn’t the Observer expose hospitals and health care systems for the money-making machines they are last year?

I shed few tears for the misguided, self-interested of our health care system – especially those who make more in one year than most of the people they serve make in 10 to 20 years of hard work.

Dale Williams

Boone


In response to “NASCAR stalls again on road to legitimacy” (Sept. 12 Editorial):

Hard to take NASCAR seriously; it gets less and less authentic

What NASCAR suffers from is a lack of authenticity.

Fans pay for and expect real competition. When the results are skewed by shenanigans such as occurred last weekend, then you are left with nothing but wrestling on wheels.

Does every driver have to pose for every picture with arms folded, a glaring look and ridiculous sunglasses?

The whole thing is just too fake for me.

Brad Frazier

Cornelius


In response to “Hundreds who left UNCC game early let me and the team down” (Sept. 12 Forum):

It’s college football; more disappointments likely to come

Forum writer Anna Prushinski is let down that fans left the first-ever UNC Charlotte football game early. Welcome to college football.

Ever been to an N.C. State, UNC, South Carolina or Clemson game? Unless the game matters people leave at halftime. Let me put it another way: boozed-up, early 20-something students and others leave early. It gets hot, the game is won, time for more parking lot drinks and fun.

Just wait till your players start taking money from alumni.

Michael Lippard

Charlotte

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