In response to “Citing cost, USDA halts pesticide monitoring” (Oct. 1):
End to pesticide monitoring
bodes ill for public health
We've seen what happens when lenders, Wall Street and even baby formula manufacturers are left unchecked. Now the administration has stopped the monitoring of pesticides.
This opens the door to serious public health problems, and if it leads to any mucking about with the dwindling bee population, the USDA won't have to worry about fruits and vegetables – there won't be any.
In response to “Create endowment to mitigate bank loss” (Oct. 2):
Wachovia Foundation funds
don't belong to Observer
Your editorial about the Wachovia Foundation concludes that “we have an opportunity for an unparalleled invigoration of philanthropy in this community that we can't afford to waste.”
The money in the Wachovia Foundation came from Wachovia Corp. shareholders and employees.
Although you are generous to offer that money to the entire Charlotte community, it isn't yours to donate. It should be returned to those shareholders and employees, who can then decide what to do with it.
Wachovia chaos spotlights
excesses of downtown
Time and again, fiscal conservatives have opposed posh toys for the downtown crowd.
But we've lived outside our means. If we couldn't fill the arena when the economy was booming, we surely won't be able to now.
Thousands of downtowners may be departing with Wachovia, leaving taxpayers to pay for their toys.
In response to “Congress, rescue the rescue” (Oct. 3 Viewpoint):
Friedman wrong to blame
Thomas L. Friedman incorrectly says “House Republicans brought down the bipartisan rescue package.”
Even if every Republican in the House joined Mr. Friedman under his rock at the New York Times, the Democratic majority would still have enough votes to pass any bill they pleased.
This time alarmists proved
correct about economy
The best prognosticator of the current economic climate in the U.S. seems to have been Chicken Little.
Dangers of deregulation
overlooked by news media
The news media are doing a poor job exposing the dangers inherent in unregulated investments. Right-wing efforts to let speculators run wild have wreaked havoc on the world economy. The lessons of the past eight years of deregulation deserve better coverage.
C. O. Ellis
In response to “Gandhi statue hoisted at Old County Courthouse” (Oct. 1):
Why honor foreign leader
on Mecklenburg property?
Granted, Gandhi is a revered figure – to Indians. I strongly disagree with the placement of a statue of a foreign leader on county property.
John B. Sharp
To top off or not – that's
nobody's business but mine
People have a right to buy gas whenever they want it, whether to top off or not.
Anyone actually running on “Empty” should've had enough sense not to reach that point.
Road to less oil dependence:
Drilling, refining, better mpg
To build a temporary bridge to a society eventually not so dependent on oil, we need more offshore drilling, more refineries and cars with better gas mileage.
Putting gas in blue cans
could be fatal in winter
Many people are filling kerosene (blue) containers with gas. Come winter they may forget their switch, and only tragedy will result from putting gas in kerosene heaters. I'm surprised fire marshals haven't stepped in.
Bush's religious beliefs
don't stand up to scrutiny
Does anyone still believe George W. Bush embraced religion from any but motives of expediency when campaigning?
Does anyone really believe it was a servant of God who instigated an immoral and illegal war, condoned torture and drove this country into financial disaster?
McCain appreciates need
for prudent withdrawal
President George W. Bush and Barack Obama never fought in a war.
John McCain not only fought in a war, but also experienced its horrors. He was wounded, captured and tortured, and he saw fellow servicemen suffer as well.
Which candidate do you think would be most prudent in pulling our young men and women out of Iraq and Afghanistan as soon as possible?
Voters better remember
story of Pied Piper
Barack Obama is brainwashing voters with his charisma and promises of change. Like the Pied Piper of Hamelin who drowned his followers, Obama will do the same to America.
In response to “McCain is serious man and thinker” (Sept. 29 Viewpoint):
‘Good judge of character?'
McCain hasn't shown it
It's hard to fathom how a man as smart as David Brooks could describe McCain as a “good judge of character.” McCain's selection of Sarah Palin, a woman totally unqualified to serve as vice president, much less president, completely negates his assessment.
In response to “More substance than flash in Palin v. Biden” (Oct. 3 editorial):
Palin reminds me too much
of Bush – I want change!
Gosh darn that Sarah, you just want to sit down and have a beer with her, she's so folksy (just like W).
You can also enjoy a conversation with long, jumbled sentences that don't actually make any sense (just like W) in which she talks about freedom, democracy and troops (just like W) while she pushes for another preemptive war (just like W).
Where's the change?
Palin's refreshing style
during debate won me over
Sarah Palin won my heart with her perky down-home honesty, which I found refreshing, especially from a politician.
So is she ready to become our president? You betcha!
Vice presidential debate
didn't change many minds
Everyone I've consulted agrees which candidate won the vice presidential debate: It was the one on the ticket of the presidential candidate he or she supports.
Ask around – find an Obama supporter who thinks Palin won or a McCain supporter who thinks Biden won.
If you don't want something
done, call a maverick
Question: How many mavericks does it take to make sure a light bulb never gets changed?