In response to “Eastside Wal-Mart is greeted as a rescuer” (Aug. 27):
Wal-Mart, please skip the big-box design on eastside
Please Wal-Mart, do the eastside a great service when you build your supercenter on Independence Boulevard.
Construct an architecturally pleasing design that fits into the neighborhood – not the typical big-box eyesore we're trying to get rid of.
In response to “Police probe teen's death” (Aug. 26):
Victim of similar robbery sympathizes with McClures
My heart is broken from reading about the McClure tragedy.
Ten years ago we had a break-in on the same street. I was knocked unconscious, had a broken nose, displaced jaw and broken ankle.
My husband had cuts over his eyes and the robber took his billfold. Police came immediately, but the robber was gone and never located.
All the years we lived on that road, we found the McClures to be the best of neighbors.
McClure failed to learn vigilante justice not the American way
How sad it will be for the family of Marcus Fluker when they realize their failure to instill social and moral values in him led to his untimely death.
How equally sad it will be for C. L. McClure and his family to realize he failed to learn vigilante justice is not the American way.
In response to “Fear, racism drown out constructive discussion” (Aug. 27 Forum):
Angry town hall folks worried about ill-informed legislators
Forum writer Jerry Walden suggests that fear, resentment and racism are what drives people at the town hall meetings.
Fear, yes; resentment, yes. Racism no.
What drives us is out of control spending by our government and that our representatives do not read bills they sign off on.
We have listened to our representatives in Washington.
Now it's time they listen to us.
Out of control spending and hurried late night bills must stop.
Anne M. Bloch
In response to “Emotions run high at town hall meeting” (Aug. 26):
Myrick wasted opportunity to correct health care distortions
There's plenty of room for debate about the correct choice for health care reform in this country. Unfortunately, I didn't hear any real debate at Rep. Sue Myrick's meeting in Cornelius.
Sen. John McCain had the character to correct outrageous lies when he heard them. Myrick should have done the same.
She could have used this opportunity to hear constituents' fears and concerns, as well as educate them about the details and intent of the various bills now in Congress.
Instead, she condoned lies with her silence and supported distortions by failing to correct them. It was a sham of a meeting that could have been useful.
Enough with scary stories; expose health care truths
Recently I consulted with an elderly chemotherapy patient who confided he was scared to death about Obama trying to take away his health care.
The encounter saddened me deeply and disturbed me at the same time.
The time is now for a fact-check column in your paper.
The time is now for you to read the proposals, separate truth from conjecture and bring some guts to your publication.
It's time to put the spook stories away, be journalists and expose the truth.
President, his opponents
must start talking content
It's not a matter of what each side is saying about health care reform. The problem is that no one is speaking to the contents of the proposed bill.
Neither the president nor the opposition talks about content.
Town hall meetings should include talk about what's really in the bill.
Both sides refuse to listen to what the American people are asking... What is health care reform?
In response to “‘Slavery' talk at health care session?” (Aug. 26 Viewpoint:
Where are the constructive health care proposals?
Congratulations to Vicki Taylor on an excellent column.
I, too, am tired and disgusted to hear the continual misinformation promoted by opponents to health care reform.
We don't have the best health care in the world. Why do we not hear constructive proposals to move us into a position everyone would prefer – at or near to the top of the list?
We should have a health care industry whose aim is to maintain and improve health.
What we have is an industry whose aim is to profit from health care treatment.
Hagan, Watt should hold open town hall meetings; quit hiding
Sen. Kay Hagan has been completely absent in the health care debate. She's dodging her constituents by refusing to have in-person meetings open to the public across the state.
She represents an important vote given her membership on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
Equally discouraging is that Charlotte representative Mel Watt will not be holding any meetings in-person, either. Instead, he has opted for video conferences.
Every congressman should be addressing this issue in their home district.
If Rep. Sue Myrick held these meetings, then the other Charlotte area members of Congress should be accountable, too.
No bailouts for those who work hard, save up for a better life
Why is the government so dead-set on helping those who don't care to help themselves?
Where's the help for the people who work hard all their lives to make their lives better?
No tax credits, no cash for a new car, no home-buying incentives.
Someone who has worked two jobs or gone to school while working full time deserves as much or more bailout/tax credit.
Robert K. Fesperman
In response to “Ted Kennedy doesn't deserve the lofty praise he's getting” (Aug. 28 Forum):
The time to speak ill of the late
Sen. Ted Kennedy has passed
A recent letter had some unkind words regarding the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.
For over 2,500 years, the dictum for society has been “don't speak ill of the dead.”
To do otherwise shows a lack of decency. There was plenty of opportunity to speak out when the subject was living.
That time has passed.
Former commissioner recalls Kennedy's encouragement
In 1984 I was the first N.C. woman to run for Congress.
When I won the Democratic primary, Sen. Ted Kennedy phoned to congratulate me.
I can still feel the warmth and resonance of his voice of encouragement.
In response to “Speakers worth putting on your fall calendar” (Aug. 22 Faith & Values):
Ticket prices for fall faith speakers make you wonder
The article about fall speakers reminded me of a series of TV commercials.
Ticket to see Trappist monk Thomas Keating: $60.
Tickets to see megachurch pastor Joel Osteen: $15.
Tickets to see outspoken atheist/evolutionist Richard Dawkins: Free.
The blatant obviousness that some are after only your money… Priceless.