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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Put blame for shutdown where it lies – with the U.S. Senate

I’m so sick of hearing President Obama talking about the “Republican shutdown.”

The Republican-led House of Representatives sent multiple budgets to the Senate, and Harry Reid and the Democrat-led Senate rejected every one.

The reason none of the budgets had funding for Obamacare is because overwhelmingly, the American people do not want government-controlled health care.

This government shutdown is the direct result of the Senate and is not the Republicans’ fault.

Tripp Cherry

Matthews

Political stalemate in D.C. an embarrassment to nation

This shutdown of the government is shameful.

It’s all just politics, by both sides. Neither side seems as if they are looking out for the welfare of the country. Both just want their side to win. Neither side will do anything that might make the other look good.

So, our government can be a laughing stock for the world, and our citizens suffer. Shameful!

Al Krantz

Charlotte

Shutdown makes clear that federal workforce is bloated

The government shutdown will force the furlough of 800,000-plus non-essential federal employees. That’s proof the federal bureaucracy is extremely bloated. These 800,000-plus jobs are an unnecessary burden on taxpayers.

Thomas W. Cochran

Troutman

Don’t need new term-limits law to end this political circus

The finger pointing has begun; it’s the Democrats’ fault, no it’s the Republicans’.

My take: It’s the voters’ fault.

For the past few years we have lived through the same political circus, yet we have re-elected mostly the same “performers.”

How can we expect the “performance” to improve if we don’t make some changes in the “players”?

We, the voters, have the power to dismiss ineffective office holders in the next election. We could refuse to repeatedly re-elect incumbent officials to preclude them from making it into a lifetime career.

Yes, we can do that.

Manfred Katz

Statesville


In response to “Cartoon that portrayed GOP as terrorists went too far” (Oct. 2 Forum):

Political cartoons are supposed to sting, Siers did just that

Way to go Kevin Siers, for an inspired cartoon Tuesday.

To all the naysayers, Lord help us if we start limiting creative imagination. On the occasions when political cartoons sting our sensibilities, just consider that maybe that’s exactly what they’re intended to do.

Kelly Meyer

Denver, N.C.


In response to “Voter ID suit spurs praise, caution” (Oct. 1):

N.C. voter ID law safeguards elections, isn’t restrictive

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s lawsuit claiming that North Carolina’s new voter laws are restrictive is unfounded.

I agree with N.C. Speaker Thom Tillis’ statement: “The Obama Justice Department’s baseless claims about North Carolina’s election reform law are nothing more than an obvious attempt to quash the will of the voters and hinder a hugely popular voter ID requirement.”

As Mr. Tillis said, the law was designed to improve consistency, clarity and uniformity at the polls and it bring this state’s election system in line with a majority of other states.

Edith Kurie

Huntersville

In response to “Guns, abortions lead list of more than 50 new laws” (Oct. 1):

Go ahead, boycott restaurants that ban guns; I’ll feel safer

As a gun-control advocate, I could not agree more with Paul Valone of Grass Roots North Carolina.

Please, gun lovers, boycott bars and restaurants that won’t allow guns in their places of business. Many of us would feel much safer.

And please, don’t tell me you can take your gun into a place that serves alcohol providing you don’t drink.

Yep – I always go to a bar and don’t drink!

Holly Saftner

Matthews


In response to “fracking panel eyes lower water standards” (Sept. 28):

I need living proof before I’ll believe fracking is safe

N.C. fracking commissioners said Friday that “fracking is so inherently safe” that they plan to loosen water standards for operators.

Now, if they had said fracking is so inherently safe that they’ll move their families next to the first drill site, joining the families of the drilling company’s senior scientists, then I would have believed them.

Unfortunately that’s not what they said.

William C. Barnes

Charlotte


In response to “County may ban recyclables in roll-out trash cans” (Sept. 30):

If trash bin isn’t full, don’t put it out; saves time, money

Another suggestion on the trash/recycling subject...

Don’t put your trash or recycling bins out if they are only partially full.

My trash bin only goes out every other week with the recyclables. This helps the collectors to be more efficient and complete their task in less time.

Noel A. Triplett

Charlotte

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