In response to “On the public dole, but still partying” (Oct. 10 Viewpoint):
Spa retreat served agents
AIG needs to survive
Sure, it looks bad in the headlines, but the AIG spa retreat was for top-selling independent agents, not AIG executives holding out their hand for more bailout money.
If Fannie Flono wants AIG ever to pay back that loan, it first has to make money – and that happens only when independent agents work hard to sell AIG policies. If these agents don't receive perks and other rewards for their efforts, then they sell for another company, AIG doesn't make as much and the taxpayers don't get paid off.
‘Moral sewer' to be found
along Wall Street
Fannie Flono is on target about corrupt corporate Americans.
Where now are County Commissioner Bill James and other right-wing ideologues who have so often berated black America for being “on the dole”?
Here's an opportunity to speak up about a real “moral sewer.”
Gyasi A. Foluke
Paulson should use bailout
to keep Wachovia for N.C.
Secretary Paulson should make a direct investment from the bailout funds to save Wachovia as an N.C. bank – without merging with Wells Fargo. He has this authority, and this would stabilize the economy, tax base and civic structure not only of Charlotte, but also of Winston-Salem and the state.
Thomas Veach Long II
Without honesty, capitalism
will die from public's mistrust
The American people have lost faith in our leaders, as has been evidenced by the stock market. We no longer believe the powers that be are beings of conscience.
Capitalism won't work without honesty. Manipulating balance sheets and profit-and-loss statements leads to mistrust. How can you invest in a company if you don't know its true worth?
In response to “I'm not buying Obama's Robin Hood solution” (Oct. 8 Forum):
‘Class warfare' nothing new
(and it's rich leading attack)
J. B. Hall claims not to believe in “class warfare, nor in Robin Hood solutions.”
But if Mr. Hall supports the tax and economic policies of Bush and McCain, then he does believe in class warfare – he just happens to see the Sheriff of Nottingham as the good guy.
After eight years of Republican mismanagement, I agree with Hugh McColl Jr. (Oct. 6 For the record, “Obama offers best way out of economic disarray”) that it's time for a new sheriff.
Economic troubles demand
Myrick agree to debate
Will Rep. Sue Myrick please explain to her constituents why she refuses to debate her Democratic opponent during these challenging times? Shouldn't she welcome the opportunity to explain her voting record and to make her motives more transparent?
In response to “ ‘Palling around' didn't begin with Obama” (Oct. 10 Forum):
Jesus ‘palled around,'
but it wasn't with Paul
Jesus “palled around” with whores, lepers, Roman tax collectors, fishermen – the lower elements of society.
But he never “palled around” with Saul/Paul, who was not among the original 12 disciples.
Dale W. Saville
Comparison reflects cult
Is Rodney Graham really comparing an unrepentant terrorist to one of the apostles?
And folks want to know why we fear the cult of personality grown up around Obama.
Ewa Beach, Hawaii
Haven't we had our fill
of privileged underperformers?
Haven't we learned our lesson yet?
Our country needs inspired leadership. We don't owe the presidency to privileged underperformers such as George W. Bush and John McCain who think they've inherited it. We tried that tack and it backfired. Big time.
Abortion: Catholics must
heed ‘Thou shalt not kill'
I'm amazed at the number of Catholics trying to justify voting for a candidate who approves abortion.
The 10 Commandents aren't optional – and they still include “Thou shall not kill.”
What would God do?
Follow suit, Catholics
If God would vote for abortion, then vote for Obama.
If God would vote against it, then vote for McCain.
For Catholics this issue is a moral principle permitting no exceptions or compromise. It is a serious sin to endorse or promote abortion by voting for a candidate who supports it.
In response to “NASCAR driver finds out rookies can't break rules” (Oct. 8):
NASCAR's rigged rules
make me nostalgic
Tom Sorensen says it all. Rules should be enforced the same for legends and for rookies.
I'm 65 years old, and I grew up watching Tim and Fonty Flock driving their slightly modified Hudson Hornets around the Wilkesboro dirt track. I even got to see young Junior Johnson. Now that was real racing.
In response to “Despite civil debate, nastiness taking over” (Oct. 10 editorial):
‘Nastiness taking over,'
and it endangers us all
As adults can't we have an honest, respectful conversation including our differences?
Self-aggrandizement pollutes much of the news media. Can't differing views be aired without the haughty nastiness? Really, we'll still listen and not be bored. Educate us, don't talk down to us!
I refuse to believe hatred yelled out at a rally or inflammatory e-mails are the norm. We've all seen where fanaticism leads. If we don't grow up, I doubt we will survive.
Observer fails to address
offenses on other side
Where was the Observer's outrage when comedian Sandra Bernhard invited Palin to New York so she could be raped by her “big black brothers” (Oct. 3, “Bernhard's Palin line boomerangs”)?
The nastiness is on both sides, and you show your bias when you highlight only one.
Mean tone of Forum does
disservice to Charlotte
How can someone be expected to champion all that is positive about this city, given the risk that his listeners might pick up a copy of the Observer and read the Forum?
Every day this week has been replete with ugly, reprehensible submissions from readers. An exception is certainly “Winning at all costs isn't acceptable philosophy” (Oct. 10), in which John Roberts of Waxhaw writes simply, “Shame on those who say anything is OK as long as we win.”
If Democrats win Nov. 4,
it's goodbye, Observer
Should the Democrats sweep to victory, I will be holding the Observer fully responsible and will cease to subscribe to your most one-sided paper.