In response to Obama weighs support for Iraq (June 13):
President Obama at fault for not protecting gains made in Iraq
I am weeping. I remember the election day in Iraq when the Iraqi woman proudly held up her purple stained finger after voting.
Now all is lost after the expenditure of the precious lives of our military and the millions in dollars are for naught just because President Obama played to his base to get us out, leaving no residual force to hold what was so dearly gained.
Patricia S. Broderick
Problems in Middle Eastern countries are not ours lets get out, stay out
Do you have to be, as I am, a 9-year-resident of the Middle East [Iran, cozily between Afghanistan and Iraq], to have known that Iraq would fall apart again?
Its their problem. Weve killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis along with thousands of our own, destroyed the countrys infrastructure, didnt get the oil we expected or the 30-odd permanent bases from which to rule our Asian empire.
Sunnis and Shiites have been fighting for centuries. Let them have the countries they want the ones they create, destroy and re-create.
Lets get out. Now. And stay out.
In response to Teacher tenure is a relic, time for N.C. to eliminate it (June 13 Forum):
Finding and keeping good teachers is real issue, not firing bad ones
Mr. Thiel states that only 17 tenured teachers were fired in 2011-2012 as the reason to eliminate tenure. As a 14-year veteran in education, the true reason more teachers are not fired is simply who will replace them?
Where can a principal find replacements?
Who is eagerly waiting to join a profession where low pay, long working hours, and declining respect for the profession is the norm especially as continually demonstrated by our politicians in Raleigh?
In response to Proposal may curtail N.C. lotto (June 12):
GOP lottery plan takes cash from those who cannot afford it
Finally GOP fiscal sanity is taking root in our beloved state.
Need extra money to pay for government stuff like teacher raises and tax cuts? Gin up your lottery advertising so more cash rolls in from those least able to afford it!
Im sure they teach this ruse in the finest of business schools.
In response to Picking your pocket, (N.C. Opinions, June 12):
Voters and lawmakers in North Carolina are creating problems
Let me get this straight:
Voters elect legislators that promise lower taxes.
The legislature cuts payments to cities and counties to lower the states take.
Responsible jurisdictions raise their taxes to maintain an appropriate level of service.
People move to less expensive counties.
Parents complain the schools are lousy and put their children in private school.
They cant afford the private tuition and support legislators that give them vouchers out of school system budgets.
Somethings missing here.
William C. Barnes
In response to Here's the way I recall good old days of George W. Bush (June 12 Forum):
Dont mislead Democrats controlled Congress at start of recession
By publishing the letter of Jerry Walden, the Observer continues to spread Democrat lies.
President Bill Clinton did some things right like curtailing welfare. He did wrong by pushing mortgages that later caused the financial meltdown and failing to address terrorist aggression leading to 9/11.
When Democrats took over full control of Congress in January 2007, unemployment was 4.6 percent and the debt $6.5 trillion.
The so-called recession handed to President Obama was given to him by Democrats.
In response to Student overcomes adversity and excels (June 13):
Great to read teens story of overcoming odds; it was uplifting
What an uplifting story as opposed to the negativity rampant in todays headlines. Congratulations Briona on a job well done!
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