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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Board: Fracking data is needed” (Dec. 7):

Would lawmakers risk fracking if they were vulnerable?

How interesting to see the comments in Saturday’s Business Section of those pushing fracking in our state and a few pages later the actual results of the CDC study of ground contamination at Camp Lejeune (birth defects at 4x the normal rate, according to some sources). The contamination at the Marine base was due to chemicals seeping into the ground; can it possibly be less harmful when chemicals are injected?

While everyone wants to pay as little as possible for energy, the General Assembly should consider carefully just what, and how much of it, should be sacrificed for that savings. Would our supportive state lawmakers feel the same if their child became the unlucky 1 of the 4 negatively affected by the way that exploration was carried out?

Mary F. Englebert

Statesville


Let’s have a holiday detente

on negative campaigning

This is the season of “Peace and goodwill to man”. Why can’t Greg Brannon and Kay Hagan put off their fighting until after the holiday season. Greg, you profess to be a Christian, and Kay you profess to be a family person. Please put this bickering aside until Jan. 2, 2014. Some of us voters are tired of it.

Bill Lane

Polkville


In response to “Tis the season for imagined attacks against Christmas”: (Dec. 6 Viewpoint):

Palin’s class would help

make her a great president

Sarah Palin has demonstrated, once again, that she is a class act and a real lady! No wonder the Democrats start frothing at the mouth at the mere mention of her name. After all, their pin-up girls are Foulmouthed Debbie Schultz; Clueless Shirley Jackson Lee and Don’t Worry about the Embassy Hillary Clinton.

While the Democrats continue to preach the gospel of hate and envy, Palin is out there working to make the world a better place. She would make a great President!

John E. Lane

Charlotte


In response to “Many stuck with fast food jobs are paying for poor choices” (Dec. 8, Forum):

Fast food workers deserve our respect, not denigration

I was saddened to read Michael Grzonka’s comments. He should be thankful for his stable, high paying position. There are many who have taken fast food jobs because that is all they can find. Unemployment or underemployment is not confined to those Mr. Grzonka denigrates.

While not typically a lifelong goal, fast food workers deserve respect for putting up with the rudeness and attitudes of so many who judge what they do not know.

Melissa M. Thorpe Hill

Shelby


Drilling will have small impact on North Carolina coastline

I have observed the decline of North Carolina’s coastline. During fishing trips in the 60s and 70s on the outer banks, I observed a pristine coastal environment. The water was clear, the sandy bottom was clean and the wildlife was plentiful. In the 90s, the water was brackish and brown and the wildlife (fish) were all but nonexistent.

Excessive development and large farms impact most of the “pristine coastline”, whereas drilling for oil will only impact a small area. The oil spill in the Gulf has been dealt with appropriately. Unlike fishing in coastal North Carolina, fishing in the Gulf is fantastic.

Robert E. Ward Jr

Mooresville


Symphony’s performance

says a lot about Charlotte

What joy to attend the Charlotte Symphony Christmas performance last weekend, which included the Charlotte Children's Choir and a spectacular ariel dance act by Ulia O'Hara (featured in Saturday's Observer).

As a newcomer to the Queen City 20 years ago, the ongoing joke was that Charlotte was a great place to live but you wouldn't want to visit. How fortunate our city is to have an Arts and Science Council, a internationally renowned YMCA, and a public school system committed to addressing diverse student needs. Charlotte – a paradise for youth and a great place to visit.

Alicia Durand

Charlotte


In response to “CMS school board should be held up as national model” (Dec. 7, Forum):

CMS school board resists using students to advance agendas

I read former S.C. and N.C. schools’ superintendent, Ray Brayboy’s, letter to the editor and said to myself, “Finally” followed by, “Duh!” Brayboy lauds the CMS Board of Education because they focus on effectiveness in teaching and learning; not on political goals.

The goal of our schools is that all students receive a quality education. The CMS Board has broken with history and isn’t using our students to push social and political agendas. Good for them and, “Finally!”

Ellen Martin

Charlotte

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