In response to “To top off or not – that's nobody's business but mine” (Oct. 6 Forum):
Your RIGHT to top off
isn't what's at issue
Many people ran near the dreaded “E” by staying out of the fray, letting the needier go first, waiting for better days that were sure to come quickly. Quickly didn't happen, fueled in part by panicked hoarding.
Never miss a local story.
Although it is certainly Penny Howell's right to top off her gas tank, it is also my right not to let her enter into traffic, my right to let the door slam in her face, my right not to alert her that she has dropped something valuable.
Sometimes not exercising your rights is the better part of cooperation and civility.
Surprised by gas shortage?
Pay attention next time
Thank you, Penny Howell. A hurricane hit, refineries went offline and oil rigs shut down. What did the public think would happen?
Nancy Jean Campbell
In response to “Lehman faces Congress' wrath” (Oct. 6):
can't dent CEOs' armor
Does anyone really believe the congressional “grilling” of CEOs amounts to anything? They're walking away with millions for themselves, while government bails them out.
If there were justice, they would be in jail and ordered to pay back every cent stolen from hard-working Americans.
Bailout doesn't square
with American Way
We worked hard, paid our bills on time, paid off our mortgage, saved for retirement and paid for our children's college. We mowed our own lawn, cleaned our own house, cleaned our own gutters and clipped coupons. We started college funds for our grandchildren. We read the fine print and did not whine when we were caught and lost money. We taught our children to live American and to fly their flags daily with respect.
That was the American Way.
Who is going to bail us out?
In response to “Dalton our choice for lieutenant governor” (Oct. 5 editorial):
As lieutenant governor, I'd
break up Raleigh monopoly
While I didn't expect the Observer's endorsement, your commentary reflected little awareness of why I'm running.
As a small businessman having served six years in the N.C. Senate, I have seen contempt for reform and abuse of power. Why else would a $22 billion budget be passed this summer with no discussion, debate or amendments allowed by the Democratic leadership?
The budget has grown by 50 percent since I entered the doors of the legislature in 2003, while education has declined, roads aren't being built and jobs are being lost by the thousands to neighboring states with lower tax rates.
My opponent would just be another cog in the Democratic power machine. Nothing would change.
Now is not the time for kum-ba-yah in Raleigh. We are living in difficult times. People are suffering. Someone needs to shake things up, and that is what I intend to do as lieutenant governor.
In response to “How can chief keep job with tainted diploma?” (Oct. 7 Forum):
It wasn't Monroe's place
to question his diploma
As far as Rodney Monroe knew, he had a degree – why should he have questioned it? And if the man is capable of doing the job, what difference does it make? Leave him alone!
Felton Newell Temple
Speak for yourself, Hugh
(not for your candidate)
I take issue with Hugh McColl Jr.'s contention that “Obama offers best way out of economic disarray” (Oct. 6 For the Record).
I'd vote for Hugh, just not his candidate. I have followed the results-driven “McColl Magic” for over 40 years. Write-in candidate? Now that would be a headline!
Keen Mc Hugh
Tega Cay, S.C.
I'm not buying Obama's
Robin Hood solutions
Mr. McColl, if you and Warren Buffett want to pay more taxes, nothing is stopping you.
I don't believe in class warfare, nor in Robin Hood solutions.
J. B. Hall
Taxpayers have advocate
in straight-talking McCain
John McCain calls it like it is and tries to protect us taxpayers. Democrats are bringing our country to its knees. They give the earnings of hard-working Americans to those who think we owe them a living.
This country is going to hell because the news media aren't doing their job.
Obama flunks key test
for being Christian
Although Obama claims to be a Christian, he doesn't believe Jesus is necessary for salvation.
Speaking about his mom, who was an atheist or agnostic, Obama said, “She was the kindest, most decent, generous person that I have ever known. I am sure she is in heaven, even though she may not have subscribed to everything that I subscribe to.”
Jesus said he was the only way to God. Obama's words make him popular, but they don't create truth.
GOP going after voters
who will fall for baloney
Realizing he can't win on the issues, McCain is putting the pedal to the metal for the 10 percent of voters who are seriously stupid.
Last time the Republicans persuaded these pinheads a decorated war hero was unpatriotic and a draft avoider was a war hero.
This time they're saying Obama sounds like Osama, so Obama must be a terrorist. (I saw a sign in Hendersonville testifying to this.)
Bush is leaving us a big hole to get out of. Another Republican sure won't help.
In response to “Roe vs. Wade hinges on election” (Oct. 6):
Obama denies ‘personhood'
to victims of abortion
It's more accurate to say millions of innocent lives hinge upon this election. Obama promises his judicial nominees would be pro-abortion rights.
How ironic that our first African American presidential candidate should fear “personhood” for unborn human beings. Not long ago, “personhood” was denied his ancestors.
In response to “McCain: Obama a liar and an unknown” (Oct. 7):
Don't know real Obama?
Where have you been?
McCain argues that we don't really know Obama, what he stands for or what he intends to do for the country if elected.
In reality, for the past year and a half Obama has been giving speeches and appearing in debates and forums. A thorough explanation of his position on every issue, as well as his detailed plans for the future, can be found at barackobama.com/issues.
After all this, if McCain still claims Obama is a mystery, it just means he refuses to see – and doesn't want the rest of us to see either.
Cam Lucas Wester
Obama's toughest sell:
Those who think Obama is some “Manchurian Candidate,” secret Muslim or antichrist are the same ones who still think Iraq attacked us on 9-11.