In response to “Palin challenges Obama on abortion” (Oct. 12):
Radical about abortion?
That would be Palin
Abortion is legal in the U.S. The radical view is Palin's, not Obama's.
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No abortion for victims
of rape, incest? That's over top
McCain lost the vote of this moderate independent by choosing a radical running mate. Denying legal abortion for victims of rape and incest? Thanks, but no thanks.
Bryan C. Adams
GOP talks big, but doesn't
produce for pro-lifers
Every four years the GOP dredges up the abortion issue and uses it to rally pro-lifers to the polls.
But once elected what have the Republicans done to end it? Nothing.
Intent of rights advocates
No one is “pro-abortion.” The point is to ensure as many options as possible for women, regardless of how they came to be in that situation.
Elizabeth Meyer Fox
In response to “CROP walkers turn out in force” (Oct. 13):
Every CROP dollar
needed here, not abroad
Our neighbors have serious needs. We should husband our own resources for a change. Leave the rest of the world to the United Nations.
Mary Ellen Miller
Yes, transit is ticket –
but let's finish I-485
The 2008 Citistates Report (Oct. 12 Big Picture) is right to advocate building transit rather than more highways.
If the Monroe bypass and Garden Parkway are to be built at all, they should be limited-access toll roads – not additional tools for developers.
It's unrealistic, however, not to complete the remaining 10 percent of I-485.
It too should have been a toll road, which would've made it a traffic reliever, not the traffic generator it has become.
Robert H. Bischoff
In response to “ ‘Anglo Files' a field guide to quirks of the British” (Sept. 21):
Smelly Brits? Lousy food?
We must have missed them
Sarah Lyall describes British food as “dependably bad.” After spending two weeks in the UK and enjoying memorable meals at our B&B in Wales, in restaurants and in pubs, we have to wonder: Where is everyone getting this awful British food?
As to Lyall's opinions on British hygiene, we thought Londoners smelled very nice, even during rush hour on the Tube, when we were closer than we had ever been to people to whom we hadn't been introduced!
James and Susan Dawkins
In response to “Is the era of easy credit over for the long haul?” (Oct. 13):
Living within our means:
A lesson not readily learned
What a novel idea – buying no more house than we can afford and accumulating no more credit card debt than can be paid in full monthly.
It's taken a financial crisis to learn what our parents and grandparents have been telling us for years.
In response to “How to have a conversation with the teenage brain” (Oct. 21):
What do teens know (or care)
about presidential election?
Although an expert reports that “the brain's decision-making capacity is still developing until... age 21 or 22,” your Young Voices column the same day quotes opinions of 11- to 15-year-olds on the presidential race (“Election campaign uncivil?”).
I suspect we are actually reading the opinions of their parents. Most children that age couldn't care less about electoral issues!
Much more relevant would be an “Old Voices” column.
I am 90.
Ricardo O. Bach
Lake Wylie, S.C.
‘State of My Promises'
will put results on table
Whoever wins the election should be held accountable for his campaign promises.
In the annual “State of My Promises to Voters” address the president would be required to account for those he kept and those he broke. His salary, benefits, pension, historical stature and headlines in the next day's paper would be adjusted accordingly.
In response to “Why John McCain would make the best president” (Oct. 14 For the Record):
Mark Erwin gets it, even if
press lets Obama off hook
Thank you, Mark Erwin.
The mainstream press, our de facto fourth branch of government, has never adequately questioned Barack Hussein Obama about his shady background.
Until we Americans can rely on journalists to do their jobs, it's “every man for himself.”
Bush Bubbas, let's get
it right this time
I'm a 55-year-old, white, Southern male Christian, who enjoys a high standard of living.
I voted for George W. Bush both times. (I will carry the shame to my grave.) I study politics more carefully now.
Barack Obama has my vote even if I have to crawl to the polls. Any of you other Bubbas want to join me?
In response to “No way to represent: D.C. just isn't N.C.” (Oct. 14 Forum):
Sure didn't take Hillary
long to become New Yorker
How long did Hillary Clinton live in New York before she claimed to represent that state? Of course, she was a Democrat.
James A. Vansickle
In response to “Myrick's tardy support of bailout hurt 9th District” (Oct. 13 For the Record):
9th District pays price
for Myrick's gamble
Harry Taylor hits the nail square on the head. Rep. Sue Myrick's public pronouncements appear to be more about supporting Sue Myrick than supporting her constituents.
To score political points, she gambled with our economic security – and we lost.
Can Observer really be
changing its stripes?
What's happening at the Observer? One day you endorse a Republican for state treasurer, the next you run a story about deer hunting. Never thought I'd live to see the day.
Kenny L. Colbert
In response to “Birth control policy is wrong-headed” (Oct. 13 Viewpoint):
Africa: Make birth safer,
don't shrink families
Nicholas Kristof rightly bemoans the maternal mortality that ravages underdeveloped nations, especially Africa.
But the solution isn't simply to make less Africans.
Poor women are dying in and of childbirth in a way that long ago vanished in the developed world. Perhaps the first line of defense should be adequate training for midwives, sterile supplies and access to needed medicines, not simply an elimination of children, particularly where large families are valued.
I'll miss Vanessa Willis
in Neighbors of South Meck
Another of my favorite voices silenced at the Observer. Vanessa Willis, I'll miss your columns in Neighbors of South Mecklenburg. I hope to see you re-emerge with even more encouragement and love for readers.
Frances C. Brame