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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Skip IRS hearings, special prosecutor; let unbiased investigator find truth

Two things that will never arrive at the truth: Congressional hearings and special prosecutors.

The IRS investigation needs to be done by an unbiased independent investigator, like a police officer, who can follow the evidence wherever it leads without political influence by either party. No lawyers, no retired judges, no former politicians.

If the IRS singled out Republican organizations, they need to suffer the consequences. If the IRS focused on all the new political organizations that were spreading like bamboo, then it was just doing its job.

As an independent, I would like to know the truth, whatever that may be.

D.L. Preston

Charlotte


In response to “On vouchers lawmakers ignore separation of church and state” (July 1 Forum):

Where I send my children to school should not be regulated by Congress

I’d like to remind Forum writer Jennifer Dior that the First Amendment says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...”

The Tenth Amendment goes on to say: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

More importantly, where someone chooses to send their children to school is not Congress establishing religion, but instead is free exercise.

Lewis Guignard

Crouse


My solution: Send Dick Cheney

to fix the mess he created in Iraq

Iraq’s issues must be resolved through diplomacy and negotiation – no more guns and bombs. To me, there is only one possible resolution.

One name jumps out as the man who can accomplish this – Dick Cheney. He started it. Obama held true to the withdrawal date signed in stone by both George W. Bush and Cheney, yet Cheney is now blaming the entire controversy on Obama.

If you have been listening to Dick it seems he is the only person who has all the answers. So let’s send him over there with the message, “You get ’em, Dick.” They would welcome him with open arms!

Neal Norvell

Davidson


In response to For the Record “Presbyterians’ vote on Israel conforms with our values” (June 29 Opinion):

I disagree with Rev. Henderson singling out Israel on moral grounds

The West Bank and Gaza were captured by Israel in a war she did not want by enemies who did not deny their genocidal intent.

Israel recently withdrew from Gaza as a goodwill gesture, and rockets are the result.

Christians are fleeing Muslim lands in droves. Israel has the best human rights record in the Middle East by far.

In response, the Rev. Bob Henderson tries to defend his church’s action of singling out Israel on supposed moral grounds. I object to what he is doing on moral grounds.

Jason Goodfriend

Charlotte

Henderson’s explanation of church’s vote on Israel well thought out, fair

I am proud to be a Presbyterian. I am even prouder to be a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, and I am blessed to have the Rev. Bob Henderson as my spiritual and ethical leader.

I found his piece on Israel to be calm, well-thought-out and fair.

I don’t expect everyone to agree with him. But we should all remember the words in Isaiah 1:18: “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord.”

Alex Coffin

Charlotte


Vote like you shop; do research and don’t elect those who get bad marks

When we “buy” something most of us tend to do research and take into account the opinions of others as to the quality of the product or service.

If we give those who represent us in Congress only one star out of five, or a 2 out of 10 rating, why do we keep buying a substandard product?

My answer: Stop buying things that do not work as advertised.

Michael P. Carte

Charlotte


Slowly manufacturing is returning

to the U.S., can’t wait to see more

The announcement of a J. Crew factory store opening at Concord Mills mall is good news of a kind, but not my kind.

If it were a factory they were opening, I would be overjoyed.

Slowly, the overseas laborers are getting smart and asking for fair wages. Some of the companies that moved overseas will be returning to the United States. They have run out of gullible, greedy partners in other parts of the world.

I look forward to their return.

Lana Davidson

Taylorsville

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