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 Saturdays 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
Lets have a holiday detente
on negative campaigning
This is the season of Peace and goodwill to man. Why cant 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.
In response to Tis the season for imagined attacks against Christmas: (Dec. 6 Viewpoint):
Palins 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 Dont 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
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 Grzonkas 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
Drilling will have small impact on North Carolina coastline
I have observed the decline of North Carolinas 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
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.
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 Brayboys, 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 isnt using our students to push social and political agendas. Good for them and, Finally!
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