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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Moyers says documentary on N.C. was accurate” (Jan. 10):

All in N.C. would do well to watch Moyers’ documentary

It takes a mighty big flashlight to penetrate the true nature of “dark money” politics in North Carolina after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.

Thanks goes to Bill Moyers for his enlightening documentary: “State of Conflict: North Carolina.” I hope all North Carolinians will watch and learn.

Harold McKinney

Boone


In response to “DA: Many ‘reckless’ in deaths in Boone” (Jan. 10):

Charge against Boone hotel exec seems a gross overreach

By Assistant District Attorney Britt Springer’s own admission others are at fault, as well, in the case of the Boone carbon monoxide deaths.

However, indicting Appalachian Hospitality Management president Damon Mallatere hardly seems like a just response. A manslaughter charge seems like a gross overreach.

Furthermore, Independence Gas & Oil bears responsibility for its product.

Best Western should have liability insurance ample enough to cover the tragedy that occurred at the hotel.

Hanging a man out to dry for something out of his control is a miscarriage of justice.

Sydney A. Odell

Charlotte


In response to “Top aides to Christie sought lane closings as revenge” (Jan. 9):

Gov. Christie’s quick action on bridge scandal praiseworthy

I applaud N.J. Gov. Chris Christie for his prompt response and quick actions regarding “Bridgegate.”

It’s rather satisfying seeing a politician actually holding personnel responsible for bad decisions and unethical behavior.

The mainstream media were all over the governor and this issue when in the scheme of things it pales in comparison to the episodes plaguing the Obama administration.

Unlike Christie, though, the president refuses to hold people accountable and the media is fine with his lack of leadership.

Floyd Prophet

Kannapolis

‘Bridgegate’ confirmed again that media are left’s best buddy

As a solid conservative with a sizable Libertarian streak, I’m not a big supporter of Chris Christie.

However, I’d love to see the media be as aggressive toward the Fast & Furious, IRS and Benghazi scandals – which were 10 times more important – as they are toward “Bridgegate.”

But alas, he is a Republican and a true threat to Hillary Clinton’s presidential chances. So, as usual, the media solidifies their position as the left’s best buddy.

James McCall

Taylorsville


Today’s workers need a minimum wage they can live on

In 1914, Henry Ford implemented a $5 a day wage for all Ford factory workers. According to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that’s equivalent to $116.53 in buying power in 2013.

The current minimum wage of $7.25 has a buying power of only $7.25. Today your wages for a 10-hour day will buy you $72.50 worth of goods, and your annual earnings are $18,125.

Better off today? That is less than the poverty level for a three-person family. This is a disgrace!

We should have made progress in the last 100 years – instead we’ve gone backward. What possible, reasonable argument can be made to maintain the status quo?

Ellen Siegler

Charlotte


In response to “Watt seat open now until Nov. election” (Jan. 7):

Take McCrory to task for leaving 12th District seat open

Gov. Pat McCrory’s decision to postpone filling the open 12th District seat betrays constitutional principles his home city – and this 12th District resident – hold dear.

Our forebears’ lack of representation led to revolution and turned Charlotte into a “hornet’s nest of rebellion.”

Representation was so valued, North Carolina decided to elect its state representatives annually. Though biennial elections became the law of the land, the framers instructed governors to hold elections to fill vacant seats.

Gov. McCrory’s excuses – cost and fear it would be “too complex” for voters – insult voters’ intelligence.

North Carolinians who respect the basic constitutional principle of “no taxation without representation” should rebuke Gov. McCrory.

Richard C. Worf Jr.

Charlotte


In response to Fannie Flono “Lawmakers, listen to those on front lines” (Jan. 10 Opinion):

Tillis would do well to heed feedback from N.C. teachers

The survey by two UNC Wilmington professors shows that many of our teachers and administrators feel the policies of our Republican-led legislature have “negatively impacted the quality of teaching and learning in their own school.”

I wonder if they are some of the whining losers N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis is talking about?

Dave Ballenger

Monroe


In response to “Wounded in war, Afghan girl gets a chance to heal, be a kid” (Jan. 9):

Story of Afghan girl reminded me how great America can be

This was a wonderful story of the beauty and generosity of America.

We should all be grateful for being here in this land of opportunity to succeed for all.

Those who would denigrate America as intolerant bigots please read and reread this story.

David Cabaniss

Charlotte

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