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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Citizens United led to avalanche of political dysfunction

Many column inches were granted to former senators Tom Daschle and Trent Lott offering suggestions to improve the political climate. (“Reducing Capitol dysfunction,” Nov. 29 Viewpoint)

They summarized the dysfunction and claim “no simple panacea for reform” exists.

Our system needs more than minor changes. Now is the time for a real “game-changer.” Reverse Citizens United!

Robert Hrozencik

Vilas


In response to “The source of all McCrory’s troubles?” (Dec. 1 Opinion):

Gov. McCrory isn’t getting a

fair shot from the Observer

The disrespectful tone of Editorial Page Editor Taylor Batten’s column, and the overblown characterizations of the governor as “obsessed with his image” and believing that “all his troubles” stem from a media that “can’t understand his greatness,” illustrate the very frustration the governor justifiably expressed.

Perhaps a more penetrating look into the Observer’s own mirror is in order so it will start to provide a more accurate account of the efforts that the governor has made to deal with problems in state government that have been neglected for many years.

Cantey S. Brown

Charlotte

Spotlight on McCrory grows with his political aspirations

Gov. McCrory’s preoccupation with his image should not come as a surprise. It is however, surprising he appears to be alarmed at the increased media and public scrutiny as he moves up the political food chain.

Interesting that he takes a position on the airport a few months too late. Similarly, he regrets not stopping the legislature from adding educational reform in the budget.

I hold out some hope that perhaps he will start to recognize the bigger the spotlight, the wider the radar.

Giving more thought behind his actions and inactions, and how the people of North Carolina will respond, is the first step toward preparing for a national position – surely on his bucket list.

Steve Harkins

Charlotte


In response to “A chance for governor, legislators to be heroes” (Dec. 3 Editorial):

N.C. GOP trying to fix poor decisions Dems made in past

The Republicans have been vilified by your editorial board at every turn since they took office.

You complain because they’ve cut programs. You complain because the governor says our universities should use money wisely and educate people in areas that will actually get them a job after graduation.

Now it’s up to Republicans to make up for weak Democrat decisions in teacher pay.

They’re working on it, but to be financially responsible other bloated or ineffective programs must go to pay for it.

Raising taxes is not a solution, it would be a new problem.

Bill Wallace

Charlotte


N.C. women benefit if Congress passes health protection act

Imagine the freedom of choice women will have if the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2013 is passed by Congress.

No longer will any women have to reconcile with any means of discretion about her personal decision to obtain birth control or to have an abortion.

In every state, including North Carolina, women will have to answer to no one. It’s never too late for justice for women’s rights.

Lorraine Stark

Matthews


NRA’s tiresome arguments will take lives, not save them

The usual NRA answer to 100,000 Americans being shot each year is that we “just need to enforce existing laws.”

The NRA says we need more gun owners so the good guys will shoot the bad guys. Huh?

The NRA thinks military-style guns with 100-round magazines are just what the good guys need to stop the bad guys. Huh?

If it takes 100 rounds, you’ve likely shot up the joint and killed a lot of good guys.

Time for sane gun laws.

Bob Harrison

Wingate


Patent overhaul will stifle innovation; say ‘no,’ Congress

In hearings last week, Congressman Mel Watt showed great leadership in attempting to slow down the patent system overhaul effort.

I am involved in technology creation in Charlotte, a region familiar with the benefits of innovation. The intellectual property industry supports 30 percent of jobs in this country, accounting for about $5 trillion in value added to our economy.

Our patent system has effectively earned America the position as the global leader in innovation. I urge Congress to oppose the Innovation Act when it comes to a vote this month. Diminishing the power of our patents will reduce the incentive to invent.

Clifton B. Vann IV

Charlotte


Hollywood take note; TV needs more shows like ‘Duck Dynasty’

I can picture Hollywood execs sitting around the boardroom scratching their heads trying to determine why a TV program about a family that makes duck calls has such high ratings.

Well, here’s a thought: There’s no nudity, bad language or violence. Hmm, a show you can actually watch with your family without having to screen it first.

What a concept. Hollywood might want to take note.

Scott Sandel

Matthews

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