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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Writer omitted ‘morally straight’ part of Scout Oath: (April 25 Forum):

C’mon now, ability to be ‘morally straight’ not limited to heterosexuals

Implying that a gay individual lacks the capacity to be “morally straight” is, perhaps, one of the most ignorant statements that a misguided individual can make.

Richard Johnson

Rock Hill


In response to “Former BofA CFO reaches $7.5 M pact with N.Y. attorney general” (April 25 CharlotteObserver.com):

We see repeated fines, settlements, but no one ever seems to go to jail

Yet another Bank of America lawsuit, yet another fine to settle – the latest involving the former CFO paying millions which follows the former CEO paying even more millions.

The bank has settled, and continues to settle, even more lawsuits, but, as usual, no one sees prison for the corruption and illegal activities that produced the lawsuits.

People have served time for far less infractions.

Floyd Prophet

Kannapolis


In response to “N.C. may ditch Common Core” (April 25):

Don’t let misguided interests derail efforts to improve education in N.C.

How disturbing to see a significant effort to raise U.S. educational standards, laboriously stitched together by state and local educators and their allies over several years, threatened by misguided interests in our state.

One would think, given the well-documented decline in academic performance of American students vs. their peers abroad, that a concerted effort to improve critical thinking and problem solving skills with internationally bench-marked standards would be welcomed by citizens concerned about North Carolina’s future economic competitiveness.

As a former math tutor, I welcome the prospect of emphasis on effective use of core math concepts in problem-solving.

Most of us “get” sports – why would we want our athletes practicing with lower baskets, lighter weights, and shorter distances in preparation for contests with more rigorously trained athletes from other states and countries?

Roger Coates

Charlotte


In response to “Healthcare already costly before Obamacare came along” (April 22 Forum):

You’ll never make everyone happy, but changes to health care are needed

At last, an intelligent comment on the Affordable Care Act.

If anyone thinks medical treatment for those not covered by insurance and unable to pay was free, get your head out of the sand.

Thanks, Forum writer Steve Benson, for shining the light of that truth.

If Richard Nixon had been able to pass his health care proposals in 1974 we would all be under NixonCare. Conservatives would love it and liberals would hate it.

Don Billington

Charlotte

Incompetence keeps USPS from being competitive with private carriers

On Thursday about noon I asked a friend in Houston to send me some information. He had to get it notarized.

The information arrived at my home at 7:45 a.m. Friday.

That’s hard to imagine with the logistics of moving one piece of mail that quickly.

The U.S. Postal Service would still be trying to figure out where Charlotte is located and then deliver it to the wrong address.

At least twice a week I get mail delivered to my home belonging to someone down the street or in another neighborhood.

They say they’re just so busy and understaffed to do the job right.

I think it’s just good old government incompetence.

Sam Rollins

Charlotte


In response to “Debate shows few differences” (April 24) and related articles:

I seek solutions, but find none offered by GOP candidates in Senate race

Having read all the profiles of the Republican Senate candidates the thing that stood out was that none of them had any new ideas on how to solve any current problem.

All of them dutifully repeated the standard Republican talking points and code words.

What exactly does it mean to reduce government to its constitutional role? Is that the role that most people understand, the one Supreme Court has ruled on, or the one that only conservatives believe?

What is a fiscal conservative? Is that increasing spending on things they like and decreasing spending on the things they don’t?

In any case, these candidates should clearly state exactly what they would try to do if elected and not leave the voters guessing.

Dewey P. Rochester

Charlotte

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