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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Ever increasing envy of the more well-to-do serves no one” (Dec. 23 Forum):

That’s not envy; it’s justice that minimum wage earners seek

Forum writer Sydney A. Odell states a classic myth when he says minimum wage earners “envy ... anyone who has more.”

No. Most of them simply want justice.

Anyone in the lower tiers of the socioeconomic system knows justice is hard to find in their world. Big fish eat little fish, and they have a tight rein in “this wonderful country of ours.”

Robert Maier

Davidson


In response to “Tea party groups prep for battle” (Dec. 22):

Tea party has no credibility with me; lacks a positive plan for future

America has weathered some dramatic change in the economy and workplace since the year 2000. Has the tea party put forth anything that can be remotely perceived as delineating a positive plan for the future?

I’ve heard a lot of playing to fears, hate-speak, and a longing for some euphoric time when American life was perfect, but nothing positive or indicating a sense of hope.

From all that I’ve read about Sen. Bob Rucho, he’s a poster boy for this tea party perspective. Is there a reason other than seniority for his being re-elected?

David Gilliam

Weddington

In response to “Watt’s move has domino effect” (Dec. 22) and related articles:

Obama appointees like Watt,

Foxx lack pertinent experience

Neither U.S. Rep. Mel Watt nor Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has any credentials or experience to manage the federal positions they now head.

Wonder what President Obama has planned for Patrick Cannon?

Thomas W. Cochran

Troutman


Is Santa Claus real? I’m 10 years old and I really need to know

Dear Charlotte Observer,

I’m Sophie and I’m 10 years old. And some of my little friends say Santa isn’t real. Well, I think differently. My dad says if you see it in the Observer, it’s true. So please respond to tell me and my friends the truth. I just need to know. Sincerely,

Sophie Hunter

Charlotte

EDITOR’S NOTE: We think you’re pretty smart, Sophie. To quote the New York Sun’s response to a similar letter in 1897 from a girl named Virginia: “The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see.... (Santa) exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist.”


In response to “Look at the Duck Dynasty flap from a historical perspective” (Dec. 22 Forum):

Christianity has a history of reform and inclusion, not exclusion

Forum writer Don Fortson would unite Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson with a normative Christianity ever hostile to homosexuality. Yet facts are rarely so simple and history resists such commandeering.

The history of Christianity includes, if nothing else, the gay advocacy and dissent of recent decades within the churches – a reminder that the Reformed tradition of Professor Fortson is at its best when it asks not only what Christians have done in the past, but what they should do now, and when they remember reform is not only a possibility but sometimes an imperative.

It’s time to duck the dynasty of religious exclusion.

Karl Plank

Cornelius

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