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Harris forgets that Baptists separate church and state

As a Baptist, I have been taught that our founder, Roger Williams, created a church for those who had been oppressed by religion and were seeking asylum from that persecution. It has always been a major tenet of all Baptists that church and state should remain separate.

Rev. Mark Harris, who is running for the U.S. Senate, seems to have left behind this basic focus of his religious heritage. Not only is he running for political office, but he is using his bully pulpit as head of the North Carolina Baptist Convention to travel the state to speak. Since he already has churches all over the state lined up with friendly members, how can he claim to be a Baptist and run for the Senate?

Jane Leighton Burts

Charlotte

Harris shouldn’t use pulpit to boost political fortunes

I have no problem with Rev. Mark Harris running for Senate That is his right. I do have a problem with his use of his church as a political platform. He hosted a presidential candidate at the church for a get out the vote event. And in 2012 he endorsed a Supreme Court Justice from the pulpit. If Rev. Harris claims to be a moral man with integrity and honesty, should he be using his church and pastoral voice in this manner?

Chris Turner

Charlotte


Short-term debt deal could expire when we need it most

If a short-term debt deal of six weeks is reached, we will again be in shutdown mode and economic crisis right when the holiday season begins.

This time will be worse. Any government employees will be afraid to spend money for Christmas, retailers will suffer greatly and our entire economy will be put into a tailspin. A six-week deal is no win for the American people.

Beverly Tatum

Waxhaw


The Greeks and their ilk could have used the tea party

All the tea party basically wants is less taxation and less government interference. They ask us to follow the Constitution.

The path we’re on leads to Armageddon! Just ask the Greeks, the Portuguese, the Italians and all the countries with their hands stuck out for help because of runaway spending. Wake up America. Is this what we want to leave our future generations?

Murray Coulter

Charlotte


In response to “Affordable care? Not for the poorest” (Oct. 13):

Poor patients’ trips to emergency room cost us all

So let me get this straight. State Rep. Nelson Dollar says it’s OK for poor people not to have insurance - they can go to an emergency room for care. By which he’s saying that it’s also OK for those of us who have insurance to pay higher premiums so that hospitals can provide this care and the state can save money. Really, Mr. Dollar?

Ian J. Gilmour

Mint Hill

Obamacare’s creation, effects both extremely problematic

Possibly the worst piece of legislation ever passed, Obamacare, was accomplished by buying off various groups. In the private sector this is criminal; in politics it's everyday business. With massive giveaways and special protections to the insurance industry, pharmaceutical industry, legal profession and unions, we have this mess.

It does not protect the poor it was intended for, makes drugs sold in the U.S. often unaffordable, pushes huge insurance premium increases and protects the lawyers form tort reform. This is only the tip of the iceberg and Captain Obama is at the helm of the Titanic.

Bill Wallace

Charlotte


In response to “There’s only one party to blame for government shutdown” (Oct. 13 Forum):

Liberals don’t know facts from opinion; see if this helps

With all due respect to Barbara Ziegler and those who think like her, saying that our government is shut down because of the Tea Party making extreme demands is not a fact, it is an opinion. But let’s talk about facts: The U.S. Constitution requires that all spending bills originate in the House. The Republican controlled House has passed over a dozen bills to fully fund government. The Democrat controlled Senate has refused to pass any of those bills.

Andrew Thiel

Charlotte


Bonds build schools, but can we attract teachers for them?

CMS overcrowding is an urgent situation. Using bonds to build more schools is important but more money must also be allocated to hiring qualified teachers to accommodate more students. Building schools without teachers makes little sense.

Emery Tran

Charlotte


Check out this newfangled contraption; it’s cool!

If email had been invented before the telephone, once the telephone was invented would everyone have dumped their email devices in favor of an easy-to-use device that allows you to carry on a two-way conversation instantly?

Mel Helms

Charlotte

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