In response to “Deal is short on low-cost housing” (Oct. 5):
City Council, wake up
and read your contracts
Ouch! Stung again.
Buying high and selling low seems to be our City Council's forte.
Leaving loopholes in contracts, failing to follow through, letting this happen again and again – outrageous!
Council members, stop, look and listen. City staff excels at camouflaging.
Stand up and take control. You're wasting our money big time.
In response to “Will oil companies invest in drilling off the coast of N.C.?” (Oct. 6):
‘Drill, baby, drill' isn't
what scientists say
According to geologists, “untapped oil deposits off the East Coast would do little to ease the pain at gas pumps,” the mid-Atlantic coast holds only enough oil “to meet U.S. needs for a little more than two months” and if drillers do hit oil “none of it might come back to North Carolina” but instead go to “more lucrative markets like China.”
These people actually know what they're talking about, unlike the “Drill, Baby, Drill” crowd.
In response to “She's 87, and soon to be a senior” (Oct. 6):
‘Senior' junior at UNCC
gives me inspiration
At 25, I've had a slow start in my education. Reading about Bertha Dupre, however, has helped calm my anxiety about time slipping past.
Let her know I'll tutor her in algebra any day in exchange for some lessons in true dedication to life.
Gordon M. Justice
In response to “Under Obama, government would run over families” (Oct. 5 Forum):
Canadians don't need
to cross border for care
Carla Emigh asks, “Why do so many Canadians drive across our border to get decent care?”
Most such trips are for non-essential or cosmetic reasons. More important, however, is that no Canadian is denied medical care, and no Canadian has ever suffered bankruptcy brought about by an unethical, greedy health care system.
Reality slamming shut
Observer's ‘door to luxury'
I suppose you'd need a golden parachute to be able to “Open the door to luxury” (Oct. 4)?
Your Home & Garden feature on elegant $3 million homes comes at a particularly bad time for Charlotte.
Wachovia employees and shareholders living with anxiety, people missing work because they can't find gas, our homeless population growing and Mary C. Curtis downsized by the Observer!
What could you be thinking to focus on luxury at a time like this?
Jane Leighton Burts
In response to “Open home, open heart” (Oct. 5):
‘Open home, open heart'
opened my eyes – thanks!
Elizabeth Leland's wonderful story about Gussie Latta renewed my faith that such unselfish people live in this world. Her children should be proud.
In response to “Chief's degree drew objection, memo says” (Oct. 4):
How can chief keep job
with tainted diploma?
How can Rodney Monroe stay as police chief when the college degree he used to obtain the job is so questionable?
As the mother of a Mecklenburg police officer, I know my son or daughter would be fired for submitting faulty credentials.
Mary P. Brennan
In response to “My job's going away, but the mission remains” (Oct. 4):
Readers take big hit
with these departures
Sad news for newspaper lovers everywhere, the loss of Mary C. Curtis and Rick Redfern [of “Doonesbury”] in the same week.
In response to “Where was this Palin earlier?” (Oct. 5 Viewpoint):
was winner in debate
Thank you for publishing David Brooks' positive column on Sarah Palin.
The “straight-talking mom from regular America” did us proud, “darn right.”
Brooks sets bar too low
for potential vice president
Surely, the crucial point is not whether Palin was at times almost coherent enough to belong on the debate stage with Biden – which clearly she wasn't – but whether she projects the ability to step in as president of the United States – which clearly she doesn't.
Palin's greatest skill:
Mr. Brooks obviously didn't watch the same debate I did. Gov. Palin refused to answer questions, continually reverting to her coached answers about what she, not the moderator, wanted to speak about.
What a sad statement about the GOP that it felt cheered that she managed not to totally embarrass herself and by extension the whole party!
Both candidates outshone
tops of their tickets
After watching the vice presidential debate, am I the only one who thinks the wrong two candidates are running for president?
Siers' debate cartoon
is work of sore loser
Kevin Siers' editorial cartoon depicting Sarah Palin during her debate with Joe Biden (Oct. 5, “ ‘Gov. Palin's answers were brilliant tonight' ”) was a pathetic and transparent bunch of sour grapes.
Stella H. Baucom
In response to “Countrywide settles suit, offers direct loan relief” (Oct. 6):
isn't root of problem
The comment by California Attorney General Jerry Brown that “Countrywide's greed turned the American dream into a nightmare” was so disingenuous it made me laugh out loud.
If Countrywide Financial hadn't made the loans, Brown would have been first in line to accuse it of discriminating against the lower class by not giving them home loans.
In response to “Friedman wrong to blame House Republicans” (Oct. 6 Forum):
Don't forget who drafted
rescue – wasn't Democrats
Has Bill Palian forgotten the $700 billion rescue bill was drafted and sent to Congress by a Republican president?
Democrats simply allowed Congress to consider his request.
Charles “Mike” Randall
In response to “Seen one Republican? Alas, you've seen them all” (Oct. 5 Forum):
‘Seen one Republican?'
is Democratic zealotry
There is no more Kool-Aid. L. T. Helmandollar drank it all.
It's time for GOP to drop
need to be nice guys
Republicans are so afraid of being called “mean” they won't defend themselves.
But if they intend to win this election, then they must take off the gloves and play just as aggressively as the Democrats do.
Tega Cay, S.C.