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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Canada to stop mail delivery to city homes” (Dec. 12):

Canada dropped daily mail delivery, U.S. should too

Congratulations to Canada for changing its method of mail delivery.

I am convinced the U.S. will get there eventually, but it will require much gnashing of teeth, debate, and hues and cries before we realize that the current model of delivering mail to each and every mailbox is no longer a sustainable business model.

Meanwhile, each and every day we delay the inevitable millions of dollars are being wasted on an antiquated system.

Tricia Marlow

Fort Mill, S.C.


In response to “Charlotte DOT apologizes after Tuesday filming caused uptown gridlock” (Dec. 10 CharlotteObserver.com):

I expected more from City, CMPD during rush-hour debacle

I was a victim of the traffic boondoggle during rush hour last week.

I don’t know who is responsible for the decision to film during rush hour, but that individual sure is a perfect example of what government is all about. And, police standing around and doing nothing is an even better example.

I expect better for the taxes I pay for living in the city of Charlotte. And, Charlotte police, get out of your cars and direct traffic next time we have a ridiculous situation like this. It’s your job!

Terry Chambers

Charlotte


In response to “Why applaud single-mom celebrities?” (Dec. 13 Viewpoint):

Tackle single-mom issue and we can fix other problems too

I applaud Keli Goff’s column!

Just because there is no longer a public stigma associated with being a single mother doesn’t mean that the child doesn’t face overwhelmingly negative odds at getting ahead in life.

There is a major stigma associated with failing to be a productive member of society. Why are we reluctant to stigmatize the thing that causes it?

Can we not see the correlation between lack of stigma, misguided social programs and the fact that single-mom households have tripled since 1960?

We cannot fix failing schools, reduce incarceration rates, or close the income gap until we tackle this root cause – the single-mom phenomenon.

Jim Shalvoy

Cornelius


In response to “Family feud: Boehner takes on GOP critics” (Dec. 13):

Glad to see Speaker Boehner

finally stand up to tea party

As a past – or constant – critic of House Speaker Boehner and the GOP in general, and as much as it pains me to do so, I have to commend Speaker Boehner, Paul Ryan and the Democrats for passing a budget before the threat of another shutdown developed.

They passed a budget in the House that neither party was particularly fond of but compromise is a welcome sign of, perhaps, more leadership to come.

I am especially impressed with Speaker Boehner openly standing up to the ultra-conservative special interest groups and the tea party. Hopefully other members of Congress and the Senate will follow suit.

Michael Brunt

Huntersville


In response to “Why honor slave owners at cathedral?” (Dec. 12 Viewpoint):

Can’t view 19th century history through a 21st century lens

If columnist John Kelly read the biographies of Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, he would understand why niches for these great Americans are entirely appropriate for the Washington National Cathedral.

There is also a statue of George Washington, another slaveholder, in the cathedral. I wonder if Kelly also thinks that he shouldn’t be honored there?

It is perplexing how persons of presumed intelligence and education persist in looking at 19th century history through 21st century lens.

A. Lee Ivester

Mooresville

In response to “There’s good reason to honor Lee, Jackson at D.C. cathedral” (Dec. 13 Forum):

Ignoring ties to slavery perpetuates, justifies racism

To paraphrase Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens: The Confederacy existed for the sole purpose of perpetuating the institution of slavery.

Until we grasp that notion we will only continue to prolong the myths that serve as basis for our ongoing racist attitudes.

As long as we ignore our racist history and make heroes of those who fought and died to perpetuate racial inequality – with all due respect to those who did fight and die – we perpetuate and justify racism.

Paul Suko

Charlotte


In response to “McCrory raises N.C.’s profile in offshore drilling push,” (Dec. 4):

McCrory’s approach to energy moves N.C. in wrong direction

An oil spill would devastate our coastal communities, who rely heavily on the tourism and fishing industries. This would have a profound ripple effect on our state’s economy as a whole.

So, while McCrory makes a “good for the economy” argument for his plan, the facts just aren’t in his favor.

Nothing will be more damaging to our state than weakening our tourism economy and increasing our energy costs, not to mention the risk of environmental catastrophe.

Our governor might be willing to take these risks, but the residents and business owners of North Carolina are not.

Eliza Root

Charlotte

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