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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Let 2 men marry? Not here” (Oct. 10):

Let same-sex couples marry in N.C.; time for change is now

Greetings to all my friends, present and future, to everyone lucky in love, to everyone looking for that special someone, to everyone who has ever cried like a fool at a wedding!

Here’s to the three couples who recently tried to make it so, right here in Charlotte, knowing full well that the judge couldn’t marry them. What a pleasure to be around people who adore each other!

Let’s join together to offer them a wedding gift: permission to marry in the state of North Carolina!

Jenny Sperry

Charlotte


In response to “Court should preserve contribution limits” (Oct. 9 Editorial):

The more transparency in political donations, the better

Would you rather have the “transparency” of being able to see directly just how much money politicians take from individuals, or, as we have now, with millions filtered through the obfuscation of third parties, – e.g., George Soros, the Koch brothers – but with it still going to the candidate or their surrogates? Don’t we all want transparency?

James B. Hall

Charlotte


In response to “Stonewall Jackson secrets: ‘Children against monsters’” (Oct. 6) and related Forum letters:

Training school abuse victims deserve compensation

The opportunity to learn a well-guided, self-sufficient work ethic would’ve been a valuable life lesson for the young men legitimately housed at Stonewall Jackson Training School had those “lessons” not been given at the hands of staff who brutalized and terrorized the defenseless youth placed in their care.

Regardless of the reason for their incarceration, none deserved the brutality exposed in the Observer article.

Sad irony: The same day’s paper featured an article about a $5.7 million jury award for the victim of a personal watercraft crash. Yet, the training school article said there was little hope that victims of this abuse would ever receive restitution.

Brenda Murray

Belmont


Will seniors like me be next target of N.C. legislature?

At a small dinner gathering recently, six white, Catholic, senior citizens all indicated that we had voted for Pat McCrory for governor in 2012.

All indicated that given the opportunity, they would not do so again.

Wonder how the N.C. legislature will arrange to disenfranchise us?

John Huson

Charlotte


Raise the debt ceiling and Democrats will just want more

To paraphrase a children’s book: “When you give a mouse a cookie, he’s probably going to ask for milk.”

As House Speaker John Boehner urges his conservative colleagues to permit a short-term debt increase, I hope he realizes that Democrats will surely ask for more.

A short-term debt ceiling increase is a Band-Aid and still does not solve our country’s spending problem.

Traci Cherry Cockerham

Charlotte

In response to “Obama wants debt ceiling raised, but then what?” (Oct. 9 Forum):

Higher debt ceiling doesn’t give Obama free rein on spending

The debt ceiling needs to be raised to pay for expenditures the government has already incurred.

It is not about Obama wanting to spend more money.

Why are so many people still uninformed about this?

Allen Hubbard

Lincolnton


There’s only one party to blame for government shutdown

The government shutdown is not the result of a legislative breakdown or both parties refusing to compromise.

It is a direct result of the tea party House Republicans’ legislative strategy of taking hostages and making extreme demands that are out of touch with the American people.

Facts are facts.

Barbara Ziegler

Charlotte


In response to “Make sure those qualifications also apply to Oval Office” (Oct. 11 Forum):

Obama’s credentials go way beyond ‘community organizer’

Forum writer Mike Gengo suggests we ensure that our next president has been more than “just” a community organizer and associate professor.

President Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago.

For those people who don’t do much reading, he was also an Illinois state senator for eight years and a U.S. senator for four years.

Jim Hinkle

Charlotte


Hard to find best solution when president’s ego gets in the way

Maybe the best solution is to remove Obamacare from the table. Unfortunately President Obama’s ego will not allow that – he insists on turning this country into a socialist nation.

It appears he cannot do the thing he does best, blame Bush. He now must put on his big boy pants and do his job.

Personally, I would like more job opportunities, reduced debt and a smaller government.

Unfortunately those were promises offered by the guy who lost the presidential election.

Jeff Canipe

Huntersville

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