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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Come clean at UNC CH” (Jan. 14 Viewpoint):

Fault at UNC CH greater than two unethical instructors

If I were an alumnus of UNC, I’d be writing the trustees to insist the administrators who admitted those unqualified students and the coaches who recruited them be sent packing in disgrace.

The primary goal of a university should be education, not entertaining sports fans.

Students who cannot or will not do college-level work waste instructors’ time and the university’s resources. Giving them unearned credit cheapens every student’s degree.

Rufus Getzen

Wadesboro


In response to “Obama vows ‘year of action’ on jobs” (Jan. 16):

Obama six years too late

on his latest jobs promise

At the beginning of his presidency, President Obama put together the Simpson-Bowles committee to come up with ways to boost the economy. He all but ignored their recommendations.

His administration has added thousands of new rules and regulations on business that hurt efforts to create jobs.

Obamacare has been so confusing that some companies are not hiring because of it.

Now, in his sixth year in office, he is telling us he’s serious about creating new jobs. And we’re supposed to believe him?

Dick Meyer

Charlotte


In response to “Senate report spares no agency on Benghazi” (Jan. 16):

No mention of Hillary in Benghazi article; I suspect bias

Reporter Nancy Youssef managed to write an article on the Senate intelligence committee Benghazi report that does not mention Hillary Clinton once!

Obviously the more liberal press, like the Observer, does not want to associate Clinton with Benghazi, even though she was Secretary of State at the time.

It would hurt her 2016 presidential run. How convenient to leave her name out!

Patrick A. Walters

Charlotte


It took some effort but Healthcare.gov paid off for me

I finally completed my online application through Healthcare.gov. I confess, it wasn’t very easy. Comparing all the options took some time.

I did, however, get a better plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield than I have now, and I got it for $82 less per month, without any subsidies. Patience pays.

Juan A. Sanchez

Charlotte


In response to “In Charlotte, elsewhere, illegal immigrants have cases tossed” (Jan. 16 For the Record):

I’m not buying Cadman’s argument on immigration stats

Dan Cadman’s op-ed column takes a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup approach, combining two things that seemingly go well together.

If you dislike President Obama’s prosecutorial discretion and you dislike the Obama administration, then put them together and you get an accusation that prosecutorial discretion is a sign that the administration is lying about deportation numbers.

That these two are unrelated seems not to matter because ideologically they taste so good together.

Greg Weeks

Charlotte


Charlotte must find a way to help tribe celebrate its heritage

Late last year the Catawba tribe, upon whose lands Charlotte is built, lost most of the funding needed to host its annual pow wow.

They started a crowd-funding campaign to make up the $75,000 lost due to new tax regulations. So far it has raised a measly $50.

The annual pow wow is the largest on the East Coast, a cultural event all Charlotteans should care about.

Our country’s long and bloody history of genocide against indigenous people gives us an obligation to support the tribes that still exist today.

It is a moral failing if Charlotte can put up bronze statues at one of the busiest uptown intersections – where two historic Catawba trading paths crossed – but cannot help the tribe celebrate its culture and remarkable history.

Riley DeHority

Charlotte


In response to “6 months after aid cutoff, jobless report tough market” (Jan. 12 Business):

Jobless benefits cuts not reducing unemployment

Those who argue that the unemployment rate is going down due to reductions in unemployment benefits are wrong.

The fact that someone like Greg Morris, a man with 30 years experience as a construction manager, lost his unemployment benefits and took a part-time retail job at Home Depot did nothing to reduce the unemployment rate.

No jobs were created and another unemployed person would have taken the sales position if Mr. Morris had not.

Jerry Simon

Charlotte


In response to “2 years later: Mixed results” (Jan. 16):

Berryhill principal, his staff deserve praise – and a raise

Historically, good publicity for a west-side principal’s outstanding work earns a move to a more “visible” school or a promotion to a staff position uptown.

We are proud of Berryhill School. Leave Paul Pratt and staff in place for another 11 years. But give them a raise.

Sue Friday

Charlotte

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