In response to “Look at the Duck Dynasty flap from a historical perspective” (Dec. 22 Forum):
Christian tradition is no defense for Duck Dynasty comments
Forum writer Don Fortson defends recent anti-gay comments made by Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson as an expression of historical Christian belief.
I wonder if Fortson would also defend slavery and man’s dominance over women, as both have the same historical Christian support?
The truth is intolerance towards gay people is dying out, and it’s one tradition our country will be much better off without.
Nick de la Canal
In response to Peter St. Onge “Duck Dynasty and our tolerant struggle” (Dec. 21 Opinion):
Time to acknowledge rising tide of liberal intolerance
Unfortunately, this Duck Dynasty episode is just another example of rising intolerance toward traditional or conservative points of view.
Left-wing intolerance has deep roots, particularly in entertainment, academia and the media.
In the ’80s, college liberals shouted down U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick when she tried to speak on their campuses.
More recently, Brown University students opposing New York City’s “stop and frisk” policy prevented the police commissioner from explaining the city’s position.
I commend Peter St. Onge for his piece, but it’s time the Observer took the next step – acknowledge the undesirable and rising trend of liberal intolerance in America.
Steven P. Nesbit
In response to “Shoeshine man at Latta Arcade takes his next step” (Dec. 23):
Thanks for a 14-year friendship to one of finest men I know
When I moved to Charlotte in 1999 Grady Parker was one of the first people I met.
In the past 14 years it has been my privilege to call Grady my friend. He is one of the finest people I know.
It was great to see Gov. Pat McCrory and Mayor Patrick Cannon shining Grady's shoes Monday after he was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Enjoy your retirement Grady, you will be missed.
In response to “There is good argument for increasing the minimum wage” (Dec. 23 Forum):
Raise minimum wage and watch price of products go up
Any high school student can understand that an arbitrary increase in wages will result in a cost increase for the end product and, in turn, raise the retail price for the item.
In a free market, that inevitably results in lower demand for the product, and you’re back to the former status quo.
I’m already paying for uninsured; now my costs are up too
In my case Obamacare will cost me more: 20 percent more even if I never go to the doctor, and 60 percent more if I have a major illness.
I hear others say, “well, all those who weren’t covered will now be.” And they say we were already paying for the uninsured.
The big difference is that those costs are currently being paid by taxes that we already pay. So now, we will be paying for all those people directly with our higher premiums – and our taxes will not go down.
In other words, we’re just being taxed even more.
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