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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Gov. McCrory’s words on teacher pay ring hollow for me

Gov. Pat McCrory’s speech Tuesday calling low teacher pay “unacceptable” rings hollow.

He and the legislature have enacted tax policy for 2012, 2013 and 2014 that returns hundreds of millions of dollars primarily to those more affluent taxpayers in the state.

By making this choice, in lieu of other spending priorities, the governor’s actions have, in fact, made low teacher pay “acceptable.”

Jack Burger

Charlotte


Jury made the right choice; Kerrick shouldn’t be indicted

As a former CMPD officer, I would have been surprised if the grand jury had indicted Officer Randall Kerrick.

He was responding to a 911 call from a woman who said a man was trying to break into her home. The suspect ran at the officer after being told repeatedly to stop.

The officer felt his life was in danger, and in a split second, not knowing whether the suspect had a gun, he shot him.

Too many officers have been killed when they hesitated in that split second. Snap your fingers, that’s how much time the officer had to act.

My heart goes out to all involved.

Gail Sloan

Charlotte

Officer was young, scared but he should be held responsible

Officer Randall Kerrick used his gun because he wasn’t thinking rationally and he panicked.

Kerrick was still relatively inexperienced and he saw a 6-foot, 225-pound African-American, former football player running toward him. He wasn’t a “rogue cop” or “cold-blooded murderer.” He was a scared cop who didn’t do his job properly and someone else paid for it.

He was definitely not legally justified, and he should be held responsible.

Jonah Gorelick

Charlotte

In response to “Something’s wrong when world’s wealth is so lopsided” (Jan. 23 Forum):

It’s over-regulation that is destroying the middle class

The immense divergence in wealth has supposedly occurred at the apex of economic freedom in society. Yet, we have never had more interventions, bailouts, laws, regulations, permits, licenses, etc. than we have today.

When one considers the never-ending parade of small business closings and big business expansions over the last 30 years, one has to consider the possibility that regulation, and not the lack thereof, has taken an incredibly large portion of effective but perhaps unconventional or independent minded people and economically marginalized them.

I contend that the death of the American dream of entrepreneurship is at the root of the growing wealth divide.

John P. Cunnane

Charlotte


McCain’s take on foreign policy is frustrating, flabbergasting

Sen. John McCain said Thursday that President Obama’s foreign policy is the worst since Jimmy Carter.

Apparently from John’s perspective, if the United States isn’t threatening to invade or bomb our adversaries, our foreign policy is a failure.

John has gone from a respected American war hero to the village idiot since his failed bid for the presidency.

Mel Steiner

Hudson


In response to “Feds’ proposed shift in poultry rules troubling” (Jan. 21 Editorial):

USDA proposal would increase federal oversight on poultry

The writer is the USDA’s Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety.

The Observer falsely asserts that USDA’s proposal to modernize poultry inspection would reduce federal oversight of food safety at the expense of consumers and workers.

Conversely, a 15-year pilot program demonstrates that the proposal would enhance oversight, prevent at least 5,000 food-borne illnesses per year, and not adversely impact worker safety.

It would require industry to prevent contamination and conduct testing at two points to ensure pathogens such as Salmonella are being controlled; currently there are no such requirements.

This enhanced inspection process would allow USDA inspectors to focus on critical food safety tasks that would result in lower prevalence of contamination and greater compliance with sanitation requirements.

Salmonella illness rates have remained constant in recent years, with a major outbreak in late 2013. This proposal would reverse that trend.

Brian Ronholm

Washington, D.C.


In response to “My political disenfranchisement came long ago in the 12th” (Jan. 22 Forum):

In today’s political climate we’re all disenfranchised

By Andy Sigafoos’ logic, half the people of America are disenfranchised because their candidate did not get elected.

There was a time when candidates were willing to vote for what they thought best and suffer the consequences of the next election. But not any more. Children are running the country.

For example: A congressman facing a vote on health care said something like, “If I vote for this, I’ll have to face an opponent in the next primary.”

We’ll have to ask God to save us from ourselves.

John Drew Roberts

Waxhaw


Give me more stories about youth doing the right thing

It was a joy to open the Jan. 15 paper and see the smiling face of Ezra Adams receiving an award from Do the Right Thing.

If there were more positive stories about our young people, maybe they’d look for ways to get in the news for doing the right, rather than wrong, thing.

Pat Norton

Denver, N.C

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