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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Nation dodges default” (Oct. 17):

The damage has been done, time to oust the culprits

Now that the shutdown is over, those who were part and parcel of this unnecessary catastrophe from both sides of the aisle should be immediately fired. An extraordinary election should be held to replace this gang of miscreants and ne’er-do-wells, from top to bottom.

It’s going to take years to regain our respect and standing in the free world.

Like the song says, “Something’s Gotta Give.”

Herb Stark

Mooresville


In response to “Pittenger, Ellmers are to blame for the predicament they face” (Oct. 17 Forum):

Grateful for politicians unwilling to dive off a cliff

A few weeks back one of the Cherry clan stated that the tea party needed to stand its ground and shut down the government.

Thursday, Forum writer Jim Cherry was back at it.

It is the tea party pandering to constituents who are to blame for the shutdown.

You may goad any number of politicians to dive blindly off a cliff. Unfortunately for you, humans are often interested in self preservation.

The vast majority of Americans are thankful for said politicians’ “character flaw”!

Mark Ciprich

Charlotte


Obama divides us; where has common sense gone?

Where has common sense gone? We have not had a budget in five years. There is always a crisis with this president.

Between Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS, and the mud-slinging, this president has shown no leadership.

This goes beyond voter ID. There needs to be a law that if you are an uninformed voter, a parent or mentally ill you must pass a test to vote, to be a parent, or own a gun.

It’s time for this “PC” society to get a kick in the keister.

Nance Woods

Charlotte


If weapons allowed then carry them openly, not concealed

With no widespread agreement about when/where those who want to carry weapons can walk about armed for conflict, how about changing the law?

Allow those who qualify for a permit to pack heat openly so that everyone knows and can decide for themselves how to respond.

Those who are happy as clams to be in the company of armed self-appointed guardians of public safety can thus congregate together.

The rest of us – who may be somewhat uneasy about the notion of armed strangers whose mental/emotional state we know nothing of randomly scattered among us – would then have some choice about the company we keep in public.

Janet Taylor

Lincolnton


In response to “Nuclear plant hasn’t hurt lake values; neither will solar farm” (Oct. 16 Forum):

Plenty of other places in Lincoln County to build that solar farm

Forum writer Joanie Gardner acknowledges those of us who live in Sailview drive by all sorts of eyesores to get to the lake.

The sole motive for the solar farm is money, not concern for the environment.

There is plenty of empty land in Lincoln County where 28,000 exposed glass panels surrounded by chain link and barbed wire won’t hurt the value of $400 million in Lake Norman residential property.

Christopher Young

Denver, N.C.


In response to “CMS to take another look at late bells, school hours” (Oct. 15):

Any CMS plan for the better must include more buses

The writer is a seventh grader at Randolph Middle School.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools needs to buy more buses. This is an absolute certainty.

I’ve seen buses with 60 kids all forced into one bus.

The staggered schedule of the school times is a good idea, allowing more efficiency from each bus.

Once the report from the “School Time Task Force” is in they should immediately decide how many new buses to buy. They are already clearly jammed.

Zack Lee

Pineville


In response to “Macy’s to open on Thanksgiving for first time” (Oct. 15):

I doubt execs would be willing to work on Thanksgiving

It’s very easy for retail executives to decide to open their stores on Thanksgiving because they won’t have to work.

I bet if they had to leave their Thanksgiving dinner tables and families and go to their offices and work they might have a different opinion on the “need” to be open on a holiday.

Eric Benson

New Salem


In response to “With Jamie, we can shine a light” (Oct. 16 Viewpoint):

Shining light on domestic violence will help others

My heart goes out to Ron and Jan Kimble. Nothing can be worse than losing a child.

As they pointed out, domestic violence “can happen to anyone, no matter the race, gender, socioeconomic status or situation in life.”

I thank Temple Israel for posting stickers with hotline numbers in their men’s and women’s restrooms, and the Levine Jewish Community Center for its lobby display of male and female cardboard figures with personal stories attached.

Thanks Jan and Ron for using your tragedy to help others.

Sheila Peltzer

Charlotte

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