In response to “Why Hillary Clinton got it right” (Aug. 17):
My new philosophy is
‘Don’t read stupid stuff’
It’s interesting to see Charles Krauthammer and other right wingers put so much credence in the words of Hillary Clinton. “Don’t do stupid stuff” may not be an “organizing principle” when it comes to foreign policy, but it is certainly worth considering.
For example: In 2012, Mr. Obama thought it was stupid to send arms to Syrian rebels because some were Islamic extremists. Mr. Krauthammer and his fellow travelers were incensed at this tepidness. Of course, one of those Syrian rebel groups went on to become ISIS.
I’ve adopted an organizing principle for myself. It’s called “don’t read stupid stuff.” I’ll apply this rule to the articles of Charles Krauthammer.
In response to “From Ferguson, a troubling message” (Aug. 19 Our View) and other articles:
Ferguson will calm down
as soon as media leave
The amount of rioting, looting and conflict between police and protesters is directly proportional to the level of coverage by the national media. Adding daily direct involvement by the president and the attorney general serves to further increase the volatility of the situation. Tempers will calm and progress will be made in resolving the tension when the media send their reporters and cameras elsewhere.
The initiating event was tragic. The continuous media coverage and overt comments by the president and the attorney general need to stop now.
In response to “Public schools feed demand for private, home schooling” (Aug. 17 Forum):
Private school parents have
no right to a tax break
Funny how some of those who make the choice of sending their children to private school somehow think it has become a right to have a tax break for that choice. I and most everyone are taxed for many things which we don’t use, benefit from or necessarily endorse. However, that’s the way it goes in a community or country.
Maybe the luxury car, trip to Europe or club dues will have to be sacrificed to balance the private school household budget if it’s not otherwise doable.
In response to “Married, fired? You can still get insurance” (Aug. 18):
It has become clear that Affordable Care Act is helping
This story clearly highlights that the Affordable Care Act insurance is helping people. I wonder what the lady in the story would have done when she found herself without a job and insurance coverage?
Without the affordable coverage, she would not have had peace of mind that comes with having health insurance.
The Affordable Care Act insurance is working and it’s already helping the 357,000 North Carolinians who enrolled for coverage through the marketplace. They have peace of mind of knowing that they are not a broken bone away from bankruptcy. We need to let uninsured people know about the availability of the affordable coverage.
In response to “McCrory lawyer: Stock mistake was mine, not his” (Aug. 19 Feedback):
Governor should have remembered another’s lesson
I always thought Pat McCrory was good for Charlotte as a mayor. As governor, not so hot. This Duke Energy stock should have been held in a blind trust until he is out of office or sold if possible before taking office.
Bob Stephens and McCrory should remember Gov. Mike Easley’s famous real estate transaction. Tip: While governor avoid all personal business financial transactions.
W. Randall Lemly
In response to “Truth is that Dick Cheney orchestrated Iraq war” (Aug. 16 Forum):
Setting the record straight
on a leaker long ago
Last Friday the Observer published a forum letter that falsely claimed that Dick Cheney had his Chief of Staff Scooter Libby leak the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame. We know for a fact that the man who leaked her name to Bob Novak was Richard Armitage, not Scooter Libby.
In response to Kevin Siers cartoon on Ferguson (Aug. 19):
Siers was missing one ingredient in Ferguson toon
Kevin Siers omitted one key ingredient in his Molotov cocktail recipe: common criminal behavior.