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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Birth Control rule limited” (July 1):

Hobby Lobby ruling violates spirit of First Amendment

Stating that a corporation has the right to allow its owners to dictate personal health care decisions on religious grounds is gravely immoral and un-American.

A corporation cannot breathe, pray or love. It is merely a legal entity, existing only to enhance the protection and profitability of its owners.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said it best in her dissent, “for the exercise of religion is characteristic of natural persons, not artificial legal entities.” Amen.

Michael A. Clark

Charlotte

In response to “Contraception ruling a setback” (July 1 Editorial):

Ruling upholds rights of owners to maintain their faith

There are a multitude of ways the Department of Health and Human Services can ensure women get the four birth control medicines these companies are now exempted from providing. And corporations can now maintain their faith in whole, without the government pushing controversial mandates down their throats.

Corporations may be just a piece of paper, but there are people behind that paper and our liberty and freedoms should be protected from forcing us to abandon any thoughts of morality or faith – regardless of your opinion of that morality or faith.

Karen DeChant Ross

Charlotte

GOP can’t have it both ways

on definition of ‘personhood’

OK, a share of stock is a person when it wants to buy an election or deny a woman her reproductive rights; but it is not a person when somebody needs to go to jail because of corporate malfeasance?

I think the conservative definition of personhood might need to be re-examined in more ways than one.

William D. Charnock

Charlotte


In response to “$15 minimum wage pushed by Democrats is over the top” (June 29 Forum):

Social Security meant to be a supplement, not sole income

Forum writer John E. Lane errs in comparing a $15 minimum wage to Social Security.

Social Security was never intended to be the entire income of a retired person, only a guaranteed supplement to savings and pension.

Those forced to rely on Social Security for their only income in retirement probably were working for minimum wage or close to it most of their lives and had no ability to save.

We need a stronger, larger middle class and fewer CEOs draining so much out of their companies that there is nothing left for the ordinary workers.

Jean Wilson

Charlotte


Lawmakers do nothing while these children sit in cages

Congress should be working to get all the illegal children safely returned to their home countries as soon as possible.

Instead, our representatives do nothing while the Obama administration has thousands of kids fenced in and pushed – like cattle – into makeshift pens set up in empty gyms and warehouses.

We are saddened and shamed by it.

Senators, Congressmen, listen to your constituents and do what’s right for the kids.

Jane Kenny

Bluffton, S.C.

Send children home; U.S. has more pressing needs to fund

While it would be wonderful if the U.S. had unlimited funds to house, feed and educate these children, we do not.

The U.S. has more pressing needs, including fixing a crumbling infrastructure and a crippling national debt.

The children will keep coming as long as we fail to take prompt and decisive action, including returning them promptly to their country.

It is too bad we can’t expect prompt and decisive action out of Washington.

Craig A. Reutlinger

Charlotte


In response to “Boehner: House will sue Obama” (June 26):

Finally, someone is standing up against Obama overreach

It is encouraging to see the Supreme Court and some House members – John Boehner in particular – finally stand up to this president.

He not only crammed the Affordable Care Act down our throats, he altered it a dozen times after it was made law.

He has absolutely no regard for the Constitution that he swore to defend. Swearing under oath obviously has no meaning to our president.

Dickie Benzie

Charlotte


So getting rich is OK with GOP, unless you’re the Clintons?

Some people get rich writing books and making speeches, others by closing factories and sending jobs overseas.

Guess which one Republicans have a problem with?

E.T. Shafer

Seven Devils

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