To raise Forum quality
ban presidential promos
It was recently revealed that the John McCain campaign distributes prepared letters to the editor, to which supporters attach their own names and forward to their local newspaper.
I'd be surprised if Democrats don't do something similar with templates or talking points for Barack Obama.
Given the intrusion of such deceptive, partisan spin on the normal process, I suggest the Observer place a moratorium on Forum letters supporting either presidential candidate.
In their place, provide space for both parties to offer a daily campaign pitch. This would not only avoid misleading readers about the opinion's origin, but also promote more substantive contributions than all the unthinking “gotchas” typical of current Forum letters.
Fear of terrorism won't
swing election to GOP
Fox News and John McCain don't get it.
The old “fear of terrorism” card won't play. The deciding issues in this election are the economy, the infrastructure and our future direction as a country.
It isn't enough for McCain to make changes on the 8 percent of issues on which he disagrees with President Bush.
Loren A. Raymond
has too-familiar ring
The McCain-Palin administration: a pre-emptive-war president and an autocratic vice president. The Bush militancy and the Cheney cronyism.
Thanks, but no thanks.
Ralph P. Bohn
In response to “Gorman gets bonus, pay raise, extension” (Sept. 24):
CMS board too generous
in compensating Gorman
The town's in an uproar over the United Way CEO's compensation, the financial industry is imploding and the county didn't approve CMS's requested budget.
But we still give Peter Gorman a raise, a bonus and additional security protection for himself and his family! How much does the board love Gorman? How about some objectivity?
In response to “Europe's ‘free' health care doesn't come cheap”(Sept. 22 Forum):
German workers choose
from private health insurers
For German workers earning below a prescribed ceiling, health insurance is mandatory. They may choose to buy coverage from one of half a dozen private insurance companies. Employers pay 50 percent of the monthly premium.
At termination of employment workers have the option to continue the insurance at a much lower premium. There is no government subsidy.
Taxes pay off for Germans,
but what about us?
In Germany nobody loses his home, goes to the poorhouse or is refused health care because he can't afford it. And doctors still make house calls.
Yes, we pay only 7.5 percent sales tax in Mecklenburg County, but what do we get for it?
Donald L. Dodd
Honor Festival in Park founder
with Grant Whitney Drive
Festival in the Park, brainchild of the late A. Grant Whitney, is one of Charlotte's most fun-filled cultural events.
A nice tribute during the festival's 45th anniversary would be for the city to name the entrance road off East Boulevard in his honor – perhaps Grant Whitney Drive?
Now's time for Big Oil
to splurge on refineries
Now that the Democrats are allowing the offshore drilling ban to expire, it's time Big Oil steps up to the plate and spends some of its billions to build new state-of-the-art refineries in this country.
One way or another, cars stick
owners with energy bill
Which is more economical, huge gas prices for regular cars or huge electrical bills for hybrids?
In response to “Freedom of speech hard for Muslims to accept?” (Sept. 23 Forum):
Free speech allows rebuttal
to what others are saying
In this country, free speech doesn't mean you have to keep quiet when you object to what is being said about you. Muslims have every right to speak out against the “Obsession” DVD. What's allowed in “countries under Muslim rule” is irrelevant here.
If M. M. Way's religion were besmirched the way Muslims' was by “Obsession,” would Way just sit by and not speak up?
In response to “New ideals for a 21st-century leader” (Sept. 23 Viewpoint):
‘Important – but not urgent'
shortchanges abortion issue
Mike Whitehead trivializes abortion by calling the issue “important – but not urgent.”
All political candidates should be asked to state their position on abortion, just as on such Whitehead-approved issues as bailouts and wars.
In response to “Outrage over bailout growing in Congress” (Sept. 24):
GOP uninterested in aid
to anybody but big business
When the big business buddies of the president get in trouble, the GOP rushes to bail them out with billions of our tax dollars.
Yet these same Republicans have again and again cut the budgets of Social Security disability and other domestic programs and agencies that actually help ordinary people.
George C. Piemonte
has long since smothered it
Barack Obama blames the current economy on excesses of capitalism, but in reality this is no longer a capitalistic country.
Government has spent billions and written thousands of pages of incomprehensible regulations, yet no one asks why this hasn't prevented the economic fallout.
Regardless of who wins in November, government will continue to grow and liberty will yield.
There's nothing surprising
about outcome of greed
Contrary to pundits, this is no “financial tsunami.”
A tsunami is an unpredictable natural disaster, while the current crisis is the all too predictable result of willful corruption, greed, deregulation and lack of oversight!
For taxpayers, there's
big money to be made
Whoever buys those securities for as little as 22 cents on the dollar and holds them until the underlying mortgages stabilize will have made a great deal of money.
Congratulations to Secretary Paulson.
rope in wrong direction
Why bail out the mortgage lenders instead of the homeowners?
Why is our government always protecting the rich corporations and forgetting about the struggling American family?
William D. Moffatt
In response to “New pennies in 2009” (Sept. 23):
Pennies from heaven?
I can't believe the U.S. Mint is wasting our tax dollars on not just one but four new designs for a coin that has virtually no value.