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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins’ winding route to public service” (July 6):

Cannon should’ve been treated like other accused criminals

The privileged treatment that U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins gave former Mayor Patrick Cannon only reinforces the belief of politicians like him that they are above the law.

He is no different than any other accused criminal, and as such should have received equal treatment.

Tompkins’ decision calls into question not only her motives, but whether she prosecuted Cannon to the full extent of the law.

Nan Bauroth

Charlotte


Obama must secure the border, then seek compromise

President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have done little or nothing to secure our porous borders.

If that is not done first and foremost, illegal immigrants will keep flooding across our borders creating a never-ending problem, torpedoing any chance for a meaningful compromise.

The way I see it, President Obama’s definition of compromise is: “my way or the highway!”

Barry Marshall

Charlotte


Gov. McCrory’s growth policies are working; N.C. is better off

The Observer should take a break from its misguided daily bashing of Gov. Pat McCrory to see that some of his policy changes are starting to help North Carolina.

For instance, when McCrory ended North Carolina’s participation in the federal government’s extended benefits program for the unemployed, the Moral Monday crowd and national media were apoplectic.

But the apocalypse didn’t happen. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2012 to 2013 total unemployment in North Carolina dropped at a rate of more than 150 percent more than the national average.

The governor’s growth policies are working! Report the facts.

Jim Davis

Charlotte


In response to “Disarray in Medicaid oversight” (July 6):

McCrory team must do better on oversight, transparency

Has Gov. Pat McCrory considered that it is his administration that is dysfunctional?

Our state deserves far better than we are receiving.

From what I’ve observed, we might as well give our control of Medicaid over to Washington. At least they know the rules.

Why has our state’s hugely expensive program been entrusted to inexperienced people? Where is oversight and transparency?

Debra Drinnen Wills

Waxhaw


In response to “City ID card has mayor's backing” (June 27):

City should not give IDs to those who are not citizens yet

I certainly hope the City of Charlotte does not give ID cards to illegal immigrants.

Our elected officials should uphold the laws and look out for the welfare of U.S. citizens.

People who are here legally deserve what they have worked and hoped for, and they help make us a better country.

Illegal immigrants should start at the beginning so that one day we can welcome them to our country also.

Marian Beard

Charlotte


Don’t want my tax money to support religious schools

Within reason, the free exercise clause of the First Amendment grants Americans the right to send their children to any religious school they choose.

But when religious schools receive public funds, the government is forcing me – through my taxes – to support a religious institution.

That is precisely what the framers intended to prohibit with the establishment clause. The 14th Amendment applies this prohibition to the states.

Jeff McKelvey

Huntersville


In response to “Hairston’s troubled history continues” (July 8):

Hairston not automatically guilty, let court decide truth

This is a “he said, he said” between two people, one of whom had friends to back his story against someone who was there on his own.

People, it’s important to remember that just because someone has a few transgressions doesn’t mean they are automatically the guilty party.

Since I wasn’t there, I don’t know what happened. But then again, neither were any of the others who have already tried and convicted P.J. Hairston!

Carol Shubkin

Charlotte

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