In response to “Senate approves bailout, tax cuts inside the rescue plan” (Oct. 2):
Pumping up banks puts
other industries in bind
When government forces taxpayers to subsidize the banking industry, we are left with less money to spend on other industries.
The propping up of wasteful, less efficient industries results in less wealth creation. Government should let the chips fall where they may.
In response to “Buzzer sounds on Coliseum artwork” (Oct. 3):
Shapiro, not Maya Lin,
was right choice in '87
The tragic end to “Topo” confirms the mistake made by City Council in 1987 in rejecting Joel Shapiro's proposal and turning instead to Maya Lin.
Shapiro's 22-foot bronze represented everything that goes on in an arena – motion, action, life! But the unfortunate “Gumby” label quickly killed a brilliant creation that not only would have pleased the public but also would have easily found another home in our city when the Coliseum fell.
Maya Lin hit a home run with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, but just as a great first novel doesn't guarantee a second one, “Topo” wasn't the right choice for the Coliseum.
In response to “Catholics can't support Dem ticket” (Oct. 7 Viewpoint):
Cal Thomas crosses line
in counsel to Catholics
Each election season we Catholics hear the same message from our right-wing churchmen and lay people: Base your vote only on the issue of abortion.
The message is always vague enough to avoid criticism for directing us to vote Republican. But Cal Thomas, who admits to not being Catholic, has no shame about crossing that line.
Jesus was neither Republican nor Democrat, and I'm quite capable of deciding on my own who will get my vote.
Tega Cay, S.C.
justify pro-choice vote
In a memo to bishops in 2004, Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) wrote that it could be acceptable for a Catholic to vote for a “pro-choice” candidate because of “proportionate reasons,” not because of the candidate's abortion position.
Candidates who opposes making abortion illegal may support measures to promote family health, to reduce abortions by providing help to pregnant women and newborn children, to help alleviate poverty, to avoid war and to fight the death penalty.
A Catholic who feels such candidates are working for the common good can in good conscience vote to elect them.
In response to “Seen one Republican? Alas, you've seen them all” (Oct. 5 Forum):
Plagiarist Biden falls short
of Davidson honor standard
L.T. Helmandollar of Davidson, home of the Davidson College Honor Code, asks how anyone could vote for a candidate of the Republican Party?
How could Helmandollar vote for confirmed plagiarist Joe Biden?
In response to “Voters better remember story of Pied Piper” (Oct. 6 Forum):
Pied Piper isn't coming –
he's already here
Advising us to fear Obama as the Pied Piper is an anachronism. Why?
The Pied Piper is already here, has been here since 2000 and will remain here until January.
The Piper led us into an illegal war. The Piper nullified at least five of our constitutionally guaranteed rights through the Patriot Act, and we nodded our heads as we followed. The Piper spent our surplus money and put us so deeply in debt to foreign countries that we have no way of repaying them. Now we're bankrupt, but we heeded the Piper and gave his treasurer hundreds of billions more. Out of breath, we've trudged one more step toward the edge of the cliff.
The Piper's job is almost done. What behavior will stop us from taking that final step toward destruction?
In response to Kathleen Parker's “Put the gloves back on, Palin” (Oct. 8 Viewpoint):
Palin justified in using
whatever wins election
Sarah Palin isn't speaking to those she knows won't be voting for her ticket.
She's exhorting the bare majority she hopes will come out on Election Day and put her side over the top.
In such a crucial election, the ends justify the means. If this requires the use of code words and appeals to baser instincts, so be it.
Go, baby, go.
Palin plays stage games
Rice wouldn't need to
What if Condoleezza Rice were debating Joe Biden and had acted like Sarah Palin?
Of course, Rice would never stoop to that level of Miss America cuteness to win friends and influence people. She doesn't need to.
Lisa Kerr Maddox
In response to “Lots of punches, but no knockouts” (Oct. 8):
Is Obama only candidate
who qualifies as ‘that one'?
What if during the vice presidential debate Biden had referred to Palin as “that one”?