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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

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

Obama just doesn’t understand how free market works

I see the president has pledged to help the people of North Carolina by using his executive powers to speed job creation.

Too bad Mr. Obama doesn’t understand that if government would step aside, the free market would flourish on its own.

But I don’t fault the president’s lack of understanding this principle. As far as I can tell, he doesn’t understand the concept of working and earning a living.

Bill Hart

Charlotte


In response to “Christie acted quickly; still waiting for Obama to act” (Jan. 16 Forum):

Big difference between what Obama, Christie accused of

Forum writer Kenny Colbert ignores the very significant distinction between willful malevolence and unintentional ineffectiveness.

Gov. Chris Christie’s now-fired minions apparently caused traffic jams as revenge for perceived slights of their boss.

By all accounts, contractors on the Affordable Care Act website made honest efforts but failed to complete their task on schedule. And Obama did act – he hired another contractor, Accenture, to finish the job, effectively firing the previous contractor.

Ray Otstott

Charlotte


In response to “The best, imperfect 12th District solution” (Jan. 14 Editorial):

Leaving Watt’s 12 District seat open is a political travesty

I disagree with the Observer’s opinion on leaving Mel Watt’s 12th District seat vacant until November.

That leaves more than 600,000 citizens with no vote in Congress. Sounds like taxation without representation to me.

I believe it’s being done because the district is Democratic and majority/minority. If it contained the wealthier areas like Matthews or South Park, it would be filled immediately.

Gov. Pat McCrory can afford $85,000 for junior executives and $300,000 for consultants, but not $1 million for an election. This action is a political travesty.

Al Conner

Charlotte


In response to “For mentally ill, some long-awaited glimmers of hope” (Jan. 15 For the Record):

Rep. Murphy’s mental health bill won’t stem violent crime

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy’s bill to expand involuntary mental health treatment under the premise that it will stem violent acts is a Trojan horse.

The real and solid research on involuntary commitment shows it has little effect on patient treatment outcomes.

This bill is just the GOP throwing more red meat to their right wing. I am disappointed that my own U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers is a co-sponsor of the Murphy bill.

Martha Brock

Cary


In response to “GOP seems to ignore cost, futility of the war on drugs” (Jan. 16 Forum):

War on drugs protects millions; legalization isn’t the answer

Forum writer Ed Hinson has political points to make against Republicans and forgets the children, families and deaths caused by the very drugs he wants legalized.

Not fighting this “war on drugs” is socially lame and does not protect the millions of victims living or dead.

We need to fight this killer, like we fight terrorists – with force and swift justice.

Ed Macomber

New Bern


In response to Fannie Flono “Invest in children to aid U.S. health care” (Jan. 17 Opinion):

Priorities all wrong; numbers show N.C. kids are suffering

The fact that 26 percent of N.C. children live in poverty is shameful.

The emergency shelter for women recently announced it needs $1.4 million so homeless women and children won’t have to sleep on the floor.

Meanwhile, the city gave the Panthers $87.5 million to upgrade our football stadium.

Fannie Flono reported “poverty impairs cognitive development,” yet teachers who work with all these underachieving children go without a raise.

Can our legislators provide N.C. teachers more – not less – compensation to work with all these underachieving children?

Ronnie Flansburg

Fort Mill, S.C.


In response to “Waxhaw mayor guilty of DWI” (Jan. 16):

Waxhaw mayor’s DWI sentence too lenient in my eyes

It certainly appears that it pays to be a public official.

The average person would not get the same sentence for a DWI with a blood-alcohol twice the legal limit – plus using a town credit card for your alcohol purchases. What does MADD think about this?

This woman needs to be in treatment, not in charge of town meetings.

G. Philip Hillen

Charlotte


In response to “Reading push brings host of changes, tests, expenses” (Jan. 15):

Take it from a student; we have too many tests, don’t add more

Children don’t need to be tested any more than they are now. Every time one of these tests is put in front of them, it feels more and more like a chore.

No one likes to take tests, but many kids really enjoy reading.

We must help kids along if they don’t take to reading, but these tests aren’t the right method.

Liam Alexander

Matthews

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