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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Airport: Did we mention we’re searching your cars?” (Oct 8 O-pinion blogpost):

Airport car searches raise questions; I want answers

No one has detailed exactly what airport employees are searching for.

If something that doesn’t violate security, say a legally stored gun, is found, what happens? Suppose something illegal is found, but it’s not a security threat?

I wonder if Interim Aviation Director Brent Cagle would be OK with a valet from an uptown restaurant searching his car before parking it in one of the public bank parking decks? Those big buildings are security risks too.

Bill Wood

Huntersville


In response to “Lewis arrested at D.C. rally” (Oct. 9):

Arrest those causing stalemate, not those who seek reform

Do we really need to arrest congressmen for trying to get reasonable legislation passed in Congress?

We should arrest those who want to ruin this country, not those who seek needed reform.

Meanwhile, one person, the Speaker of the House, can prevent our entire country from passing reasonable laws.

Americans better wake up soon, or we will be a Third World country in all categories.

Daryl K. Solomonson

Troutman

Opening National Mall to Dems shows preferential treatment

Shame, shame, shame on the Charlotte Observer.

You are doing the bidding of the Democratic party by running the propaganda picture of Rep. John Lewis being arrested during an immigration rally on the National Mall.

This was the same mall President Obama closed to WWII veterans and American citizens to cause maximum pain. But it’s OK to open it to push the Democrats’ political agenda.

Obama, the Democrats and liberal press disgust me.

Larry Gregory

Mooresville


In response to “Shutdown blocks death benefits owed to families of 17 slain troops” (Oct. 9):

Angers me to see families of slain troops suffer in shutdown

How can members of Congress sleep at night knowing that families of our fallen heroes are going without death benefits?

I am angry and believe members of Congress should be made to surrender half of their overloaded congressional pay to these families.

Haven’t they lost enough already? Unbelievable!

Anna-Louise Fitzgerald

Charlotte


In response to “Apparently ‘affordable’ doesn’t mean what I think it means” and related Forum letters (Oct. 8):

Pin blame for high health insurance rates on McCrory

Forum writers Michael Yount and Julius Bryant, please direct the blame where it lies.

It was Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, not President Obama, who decided to not have North Carolina join the health care exchanges. Other states that did sign up have more options and lower costs.

John Immel

Lancaster. S.C.

Even your car insurance involves wealth redistribution

Forum writer Michael Yount complains, “Obamacare is nothing more than one more form of wealth redistribution.”

All insurance, and not just Obamacare, is a form of wealth redistribution: the wealth of accident-free drivers helps reimburse drivers who cause accidents; premiums paid by the living help to finance the lives of the heirs of the dead; and the wealth of the healthy pays for the care of the sick.

When we buy insurance, the promise of such redistribution is precisely what we are buying. I don’t see why Obamacare incurs a special wrath, when the protest is really against the nature of insurance generally.

Trent Foley

Cornelius


Don’t mistake draw of subsidies as support for Obamacare

Obamacare supporters point to backlogs of people trying to sign up online as a sign of the program’s popularity.

How hard is it to sell $10,000 worth of coverage with an $8,000 government subsidy? Sell cars that way and the line would go around the block 10 times!

Tony Capranica

Stanley


To fix debt, just do your job; shutdown was unnecessary

I don’t understand why it is so difficult to understand how to fix the debt problem.

Individual households do this every day. If you have to make one payment and these are your choices: Pay the power bill, make a payment on the second car, pay the cable bill, or go out to eat tonight, the choice is pretty simple. It’s just common sense.

And you don’t padlock the garage door until you sit down and figure out which bill to pay.

Bonnie L. Polansky

Mooresville


In response to “Troopers to race fans: Park closer” (Oct. 8):

I’ve had it with race day traffic delays, I’m staying home

The new traffic pattern at the speedway is not better. Fans park far away because they can walk and still get out quicker.

Most of my friends have had it with the traffic and no longer go to races due to delays getting home. And, let’s face it, races cost more and with that comes boring racing from NASCAR. I’d rather sit home than spend my hard-earned money on a frustrating event.

Scott Wille

Fort Mill, S.C.

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