Capitalism unchecked puts
nation in grave danger
If history teaches anything, it is that mankind's sinful nature requires checks and balances to prevent abuse of the capitalist system, especially when power and wealth become concentrated in the hands of a few. Unrestrained capitalism has almost destroyed this country several times, something no external force has come close to doing since 1812.
Needed even more than the financial bailout is a reining in of business before the forces of capitalism cause the total collapse of the United States.
Dems, news media wrong
to blame economy on Bush
So it's President Bush's fault we're in this economic mess? Is it his fault that Russia has lost more than 50 percent of its stock market value? And that England, France and Germany are suffering as well?
America, don't believe this bull from the Democrats and news media.
Harvey J. Auger
In response to “Bailout vote was tougher than agreeing to chemo” (Oct. 8 For the record):
Myrick pleads guilty
to lesser offense
Rep. Sue Myrick is apologizing for voting yes on the rescue bill, when she should be apologizing for the administration's negligence in allowing our financial markets to get this bad.
Tom E. Bowers
In response to “I'm not buying Obama's Robin Hood solutions” (Oct. 8 Forum):
When rich rig system,
THAT'S ‘class warfare'
So J. B. Hall thinks higher taxes on the very wealthy equals “class warfare.” Why is it that term never used when they rig the system to obtain ever larger portions of the national pie at everyone else's expense?
In response to “Palin was no pushover on high school basketball court” (Oct. 9):
Palin's basketball success
deserved more attention
It's inspiring that Sarah Palin, lacking natural ability at basketball, would work hard, become starting point guard spot on her high school team and lead it to the state championship.
A story about such a positive character trait of Gov. Palin belonged on the front page instead of squeezing it into Sports.
Global warming: VP who
doesn't get it is dangerous
I don't want a vice president who asserts global warming may be normal and caused not by greenhouse gases but by “cyclical climate change.”
We've been that route with George Bush.
Americans create more greenhouse gases per capita than any other country in the world, and without strong leadership in curbing emissions we face increasing international hostility over our refusal to participate in solutions such as the Kyoto treaty.
undercuts checks, balances
The Constitution provides for checks and balances among the branches of government. We have seen what happens when the same party, Democratic or Republican, controls both legislative and executive branches – out-of-control government.
Don't count on debates
to shed light on issues
These debates are political education for the dumb and dumber. On issues, the public isn't getting even the Classic Comics or CliffsNotes version.
I saw the first debate between Nixon and Kennedy. Very sophisticated with good questions. Kennedy was prettier so he won. Read the transcript – Nixon won hands down.
The stupidization of America started then.
Presidential election: I'll
win now, or I'll win later
McCain or Obama? As a conservative Republican, I'll win either way.
If McCain wins, we could see a reduction in wasteful spending, a throttle on Congress and a chance at more Constitution-honoring Supreme Court justices.
If Obama wins, the Democrats will enable all the taxes and expansion of government they desire. The country will be plunged into a recession the likes of which we haven't seen since Jimmy Carter.
Although I'd have to live through two years of pain, it would ensure Republican control of Congress for many years.
‘City upon a hill': Term
I wish Gov. Palin would stop implying President Reagan originated the phrase “city upon a hill.” Before there were political parties, John Winthrop (1606-1676) told his fellow Puritans as they sailed for the New World in 1630, “We must consider that we shall be as a City upon a Hill, [and that] the eyes of all people are upon us.…”
This phrase referred to religion, not to a nation.
Opinion pages loaded
with anti-McCain fare
Wow, the Observer is really pulling out all the stops! No fewer than three anti-McCain Viewpoint columns plus an anti-McCain editorial plus an anti-McCain editorial cartoon in just one day's (Oct. 9) opinion pages.
I'm amazed you found space for a little info on illegal workers and school volunteers.
McCain's ‘that one' comment
didn't indicate racism
John McCain's reference to Obama as “that one” in their recent debate was criticized as dismissive and racist. But in an interview the next day on “Hannity & Colmes, McCain gestured in Palin's direction as he referred to “this one.”
It's just the way the man talks.
McCain campaign revives
memories of McCarthyism
It's time to ask the same question of Sen. McCain that Joseph Welch asked of Sen. McCarthy in 1954: “Have you no sense of decency sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”
I care about Mary Curtis,
not about silly celebs
I appreciate the Observer's need to make hard decisions. But why would you choose to end Mary C. Curtis's heartfelt, pertinent column, yet continue the nonsense “ ‘A' List” on page 2A? Who cares about the outlandish behavior of Hollywood personalities, especially in this turbulent economy?
In response to “Gandhi statue hoisted at Old County Courthouse” (Oct. 1):
India needs money spent
to put Gandhi statue here
Instead of spending $35,000 on a statue of Gandhi to stand in front of Charlotte's Old County Courthouse, Garry Bhojwanihe should've sent that money to his own country to address its tuberculosis crisis.
India needs help, we don't need a statue of Gandhi.
‘Green behind the ears,'
‘a tough egg to crack'
As political discussions heat up, a little relief comes from accidental humor. Recent mixed metaphors from pundits I've heard: John McCain's “tendency to shoot himself in the hip,” an election “won by a hair of his nose,” a problem described as “a tough egg to crack – er, shell – whatever” and of course Obama's being a “little green behind the ears.”