In response to “Another ugly turn in fight over airport” (Oct. 10 Editorial):
Carlee’s focus on Orr did nothing to move issue forward
I could not agree with the Observer more about the continued shenanigans of City Manager Ron Carlee and his obvious vendetta against Jerry Orr.
He is indeed vindictive and clearly small. His actions do nothing to put this entire, ugly mess behind us.
Hopefully, Mr. Carlee will open his eyes and see the light.
J. Edward Crutchfield Jr.
In response to “We need more schools like Jackson Training School” (Oct. 9 Forum):
Treatment at Jackson School was abuse, not discipline
Forum writer Grant Eagle must have skipped the personal stories of abuse highlighted in the article about Stonewall Jackson Training School.
Anyone raised in an atmosphere of constant fear, abuse, physical and mental degradation will suffer for many years to come, as evidenced by the statements of the individuals who attended the school.
The “real” discipline Mr. Eagle espouses for today’s children is called abuse and is against the law.
Craig T. Probst
In response to “Obama won’t negotiate; split government requires it” (Oct. 10 Viewpoint):
Obama isn’t refusing to negotiate; he already did
Eric Cantor says President Obama refuses to work to solve the debt problem.
Unfortunately for Mr. Cantor and others who buy into this argument, facts get in the way.
The continuing resolution sent to the Republican-dominated House from the Senate was the one dictated by Republicans, which House Speaker John Boehner promised would pass “clean” in order to get the concessions demanded by House Republicans.
Then, House Republicans, goaded by Sen. Ted Cruz, demanded more. Thus began the current stalemate.
The fact that Senate Dems and the president are saying “no more” is not a refusal to negotiate; it is a refusal to give further concessions and it is the correct action in this case.
Mary F. Englebert
Reform tax code, entitlements or face certain economic pain
While each party continues to point the finger at the “other guy,” the fact remains that the U.S. is on an unsustainable fiscal path and has passed the tipping point.
We must act now to accomplish two important feats: raise tax revenues through tax code reform, and reform entitlement programs to reduce spending.
We cannot continue to rely on unrealistic growth projections which promise fiscal corrections in the future. Both parties must concede their sacred cows and put everything on the table for negotiation.
Until both parties truly recognize the fiscal precipice we are upon, the U.S. is doomed to fiscal calamity.
In response to “Time to set job qualifications for members of Congress” (Oct. 9 Forum):
Make sure those qualifications also apply to Oval Office
I agree with demanding job qualifications for representatives, but let’s take it one step further and ensure our next president has been more than just a “community organizer” and associate professor.
A real leader would sit down with all the children in the House and hash out the issues, even make a couple concessions on the debt ceiling.
The political posturing, on both sides, is doing nothing to bring our country peace.
In response to “Poverty amid Charlotte’s riches” (Oct. 9 Viewpoint):
Stop focusing on inequities, seek solutions instead
Poverty will always be with us. Where are the solutions?
Don’t write about the problem without offering solutions. I’m not talking about shelters and/or food. Those are not solutions!
Pointing out the inequity doesn’t make it go away.
Look to other nations that have a smaller poverty class. What have they done to reduce poverty? More welfare? Government “work programs”?
Give a man a fish, he will be full for a day; teach him to fish, he will be full always.
To eliminate poverty focus on education and parenting
Mary Irvine’s analysis of poverty in Charlotte addresses the effects of poverty but fails to address the causes.
Two of the biggest causes are lifestyle choices. Dropping out of school limits employability, and becoming a single mother saps your budget.
Instead of subsidizing poverty let’s eliminate it by concentrating on education and responsible parenting.
Jim Van Meerten
In response to “Obama chooses Yellen to lead Fed” (Oct. 9 Business):
This is a bank town; Yellen should have been on front page
While news sources as wide ranging as The New York Times and Bloomberg ran Janet Yellen’s nomination to the Federal Reserve as their lead story Wednesday, the Observer buried this landmark event on page 2B in a back section of the paper.
Yellen’s nomination is of historic proportions.
News flash, Observer: Charlotte is a “banking town.” Please show more effort and respect toward your readers, or at least pretend to.
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