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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

My July Fourth wish for U.S. leaders: ‘Study war no more’

O Masters, Lords and Rulers in Washington, take a moment on this July Fourth to consider the wisdom of the old spiritual:

“I’m going to lay down my sword and shield – down by the riverside. Ain’t going to study war no more.”

Amen.

Arch Wakefield

Tega Cay, S.C.


In response to “Lawmakers do nothing while these children sit in cages” (July 2 Forum):

Obama’s executive order is responsible for influx

The problem of 60,000 illegal children crossing our border this year alone is President Obama’s fault – no one else’s.

Now he promises to “act on his own” again because “Congress won’t.” We have immigration laws. Enforce them!

Obama is demanding billions, not to return these children to their parents, but to “process” them at taxpayer expense, drain taxpayer services, allow them to take jobs when there are few for citizens, and his ultimate agenda – vote for Democrats.

Deborah Presson

Mint Hill

In response to “Obama immigration policies amount to free passes for undocumented” (June 30 Forum):

Writer forgets that America is a melting pot, always has been

Forum writer Shirley Eaker bemoans how “gangs, drug dealers and terrorists” will come with Obama’s immigration policy, conveniently forgetting the Mariel boatlift saga initiated by Ronald Reagan.

She complains about the non-English speakers among them. It might surprise her to know that America has never declared English as our national language, due to this country being a melting pot of many ethnicities!

Doug Samut

Mooresville


In response to Our view “Contraception ruling a setback” (July 1 Editorial) and related articles:

Hobby Lobby seeks profits at expense of female employees

Perhaps Hobby Lobby will use the money it will save on contraceptive coverage to provide paid maternity leave.

Hobby Lobby’s religious objection to basic health care for women has paved the way for other for-profit corporations to undermine equality in health care coverage for women.

I can only imagine the pseudoscience that will be conjured up in the future by other religion-touting corporations seeking greater profits at the expense of female employees.

Stephanie Robinett

Charlotte

It’s about employers being forced to offer coverage

The issue is not about women’s rights to make health care decisions for themselves. It is about who is forced to pay for those decisions.

Women can choose to pay for such coverage if they desire. Make it an option anyone can choose if they’re willing to pay for it. Their choice!

Thomas Gray

Denver, N.C.


Free markets made us great; protect them, don’t kill them

Wise Walter Williams tells it like it really is. (“Economic freedom lies in unfettered markets,” July 1 Viewpoint)

Unfettered government and crony capitalism – not unfettered markets – are the cause of our current economic problems.

Free markets and limited government are what made America rich, and it’s why so many are trying desperately to enter this country.

Let’s protect what made us great, not kill it.

Sidney Lancaster

Charlotte


In response to “Soccer headline about ‘hate’ for Belgium was tasteless” (July 3 Forum):

Nice to read something funny in paper, like Belgium column

I thoroughly enjoyed the humorous “Finding hate for Belgium” (July 1) column. I laughed out loud as I read it.

It is a joy to read something funny in the newspaper. I sent it to an acquaintance in Belgium who also enjoyed it.

I also got a chuckle out of the Forum letter claiming the headline was “tasteless.” I’ll send that to my Belgium friend too.

Al Krantz

Charlotte


In response to “Landmark cinema sign comes down” (July 26):

Queen Park theater sign is gone and I miss it already

For decades the Queen Park movie theater sign stood guard over South Boulevard.

It had a sculptural quality to it.

Like Charlotte’s famous flashing JFG sign from the same era, it reflected an exuberant aesthetic. Both signs boasted neon letters, wild shapes and flashing lights.

Charlotte has lost another historical landmark.

Signs like these tell us something about what life was like in Charlotte decades ago, and that’s worth remembering.

Mark West

Charlotte

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