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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Fracking, offshore drilling can only lead to trouble for N.C.

Gov. Pat McCrory wants North Carolina open to fracking and offshore drilling.

How long before gooey, toxic oil coats our coastline?

The fracking industry won’t have to tell us what chemicals they dredge deep into our earth.

Let’s ask West Virginia about not being able to use our water? Let’s ask Texas about earthquakes near fracking injection sites.

Fellow North Carolinians, elections do have consequences.

Andrea Greene

Lilesville, N.C.


In response to “Don’t retreat on illegal immigration” (Feb. 5 Viewpoint):

Time to stop putting political parties above common good

Please recall with me that in 2009 Senate Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the No. 1 priority of the Republican Party was to make Barack Obama a one-term president.

He did not remotely refer to what was needed or best for the American citizenry, only what was in the interests of his political party.

Now columnist Cal Thomas uses statistics to show that any accommodation for the 11 million illegal immigrants would hurt the Republican Party.

Isn’t this again the most blatant disregard for what is right, moral and ethical in favor of what is politically expedient for one party?

Tom E. Bowers

Charlotte


In response to “Martin Luther King’s children battling over estate” (Feb. 7 CharlotteObserver.com):

King’s children aren’t taking

to heart lessons he taught

The battle between Martin Luther King Jr.’s children over his Bible and Nobel Peace Prize is a prime example of how our nation has not yet progressed in the dreams that he had for us as a nation.

Part of King’s dream was to work together, yet we do not seem to even get along with our own families.

Why would anyone want to sell such prized possessions that are so dear to the family? I’ll tell you why. It’s because of greed.

This just lets us know that even the best of the best have issues with unity.

Erica Mathis

Charlotte


Stop demanding City, County spend money where it can’t

Forum writers constantly write about misplaced spending priorities on the part of government.

The majority of the time writers want funds spent on projects those funds are not available for.

They want the City to support activities such as schools, which is a County responsibility.

They want County funding for things that are the City’s responsibility, such as sidewalks.

The monies for the stadium renovation come from a tax designated for specific activities. Those funds are not available as part of the general funds of the City or County.

Dane Criger

Charlotte


In response to “Farm bill easily passes Senate, heads to Obama” (Feb. 5) and related articles:

Farm bill reforms have positive international implications

Much of the recent discourse regarding the farm bill overlooked the need to improve the efficiency of how our country provides food aid to some of the nearly one billion people worldwide who go hungry.

Eating local isn’t just a trend – it makes sound economic sense to feed those in need with sustenance that can be purchased closest to them, with added benefit of uplifting local farmers and providing faster relief.

Reforms in the farm bill will allow millions more people to be fed without spending more, which is the kind of productivity and ingenuity that Americans should be proud of.

Jenny Bonk

Charlotte

In response to “Report: Abortion rate falls in U.S.” (Feb.3):

Insurers take note: Providing contraceptives has benefits

Contraceptives are making a healthy and remarkable difference for women – and in the latest statistics on abortion.

For that reason alone, insurance companies should still cover the costs of contraceptives.

Abortion will always be a personal choice for women as an alternative.

Is there any question now about the economic and physical benefit of contraceptive use by women? I think not.

Lorraine Stark

Matthews


In response to the editorial board’s blog “Will the Affordable Care Act destroy jobs or not?” (Feb. 5 Opinion):

Obamacare is a jobs killer, CBO numbers proof enough for me

I don’t buy the logic that the loss of of 2.3 million full-time job equivalents due to Obamacare doesn’t mean Obamacare is a job killer.

If the CBO report is correct, the reduction in hours worked is due to Obamacare incentivizing folks not to work, but it still means there would be a need for those 2.3 million full-time job equivalents if Obamacare didn’t exist.

Alan Strickland

Charlotte

Ridiculous to think ACA will lead people to quit working

Oh, yes, I will definitely stop working so my Affordable Care Act subsidy will increase.

It won’t matter that I’ll then have much less money, or none at all, to feed my family, clothe my children, pay rent, etc. – just to save a few bucks on my subsidy.

Another piece of insanity coming from the GOP, whose agenda should be to see that all Americans have health insurance. Instead they try, as they have 47 times now, to dismantle Obamacare and replace it with – nothing.

Joseph Pepe

Charlotte

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