Observer forum: Letters to editor

In response to “Kissell, Myrick for U.S. House seats” (Oct. 16 editorial):

Myrick's ‘conservatism'

is corrupted – let's try Taylor

Perhaps its banking and business interests make the 9th a conservative district. But Sue Myrick, like most Republicans today, isn't conservative.

Their ideology is bankrupt, their ideas are parochial and detrimental to the well-being of the nation and their execution is corrupt. Even an inexperienced lawmaker such as Harry Taylor would be far better than more of the same.

Mike Richard


McCrory's arena ploy

should warn N.C. voters

Remember when 57 percent of Charlotteans voted against using tax dollars to fund the arena bundle? Yes, the 2001 referendum was non-binding, but Pat McCrory ignored the public's clear intent and pushed ahead for the arena.

If this is an example of his leadership, N.C. voters of this state would be wise to keep him as mayor of Charlotte.

Kirkley Russell


In response to “Political thievery means signs go fast” (Oct. 17):

‘Political thievery' doesn't

rise to level of intimidation

C'mon, now! Are we so fragile we've become “victims” when some bozo steals a political sign from our yard? We all have a right to voice our opinion, but save the feelings of intimidation and violation for real crimes such as toilet-papering trees and ding-dong-ditch.

Tara Anastasi


Candidates show real selves

during nonpartisan evening

For shame! No next-day mention in the Observer about the Alfred E. Smith Dinner, where both candidates participated in a night of good spirit and self-deprecating humor that showed them as they really are, not as their campaigns have made them out.

Allison Muzevich


Certified mail is latest excess

by intrusive candidates

The mailman arrived three hours late.

Why? Because I was one of the many people he had to deliver certified letters to. It bore seven stamps, $3.12 in postage, and it required my signature. Turns out it was from a candidate for the U.S. Senate asking for another contribution.

This is a new low in candidates' daily intrusion in our lives. Regular mail, phone calls and e-mails are bad enough. Now our mailman – a public servant – has to knock on doors, inconveniencing both of us?

I told him I was sick of almost daily mail from one of the presidential candidates. He said he delivers just as many from the opposition.

Which candidate do you suppose will bring “change” to the system in 2012?

Phil Clutts


Obama's cool under fire

belongs in Oval Office

Barack Obama got the attention and roused the passion of Americans with his speeches, but he has earned the respect of many with his calm demeanor in debates and in the face of vitriolic attacks. When the chips are down, he displays the self-control and wisdom I want to see in the White House.

Diane Bradford Bolster


Temperament, health, age

all weigh against McCain

McCain is 72 – three years older than Reagan when first sworn in – and a medical mess.

He will be 80 if he serves two terms, and incumbents rarely step down.

McCain's temperament, physical condition and, yes, his age all need to be addressed, especially in view of his errant choice for vice president.

Arthur R. Carmen


McCain's record says he

can preserve our republic

I've supported John McCain since 2000, because of his unique long-term experience in service of our country and his almost solitary battle against corruption in Washington.

He is our best chance to preserve the republic that has served us so well since 1776.

Albert L. Wiley Jr.

Indian Beach

In response to “No church, no Christian – that means Obama” (Oct. 17 Forum):

Obama shows Christianity

by deeds, not by church

Sen. Obama's decision to leave his church without rushing to find another makes him no less a Christian.

A true person of God is defined not by association but by how he lives out his faith.

As a Christian man without a permanent place of worship, Sen. Obama has demonstrated greater spiritual integrity than religious zealots fearful of facing their own prejudices.

Adrian DeVore


In response to “Election is about more than abortion rights” (Oct. 10 Forum):

Catholicism casts abortion

as political deal-breaker

Although the Catholic church does address a variety of moral issues, none is more important than abortion.

Writing in the Diocese of Charlotte's newspaper, Father Matthew Buettner stated that “According to natural reason, abortion is always intrinsically evil and is never to be permitted or tolerated. In fact the church has consistently taught this ever since the first century and will never change its teaching….

“We have a very serious obligation to speak out against this evil by not promoting and encouraging it with our vote.”

Sally Ferguson


It's not up to Supreme Court

to create non-persons

The right to life no longer comes from our Creator but from the mother who carries that life. Is it wanted or not?

The Supreme Court has declared these babies to be non-persons, as it once considered blacks. Which segment of our population will be next? Will it be the elderly?

Once we permit the Supreme Court to decide who will or won't be worthy of the right to life, then all our rights are in question.

Alexander Manning


“Tax hit at $250,000 level destroys American Dream” (Oct. 17 Forum) is unfounded.

‘Tax hit at $250,000 level':

Alarmism unjustified

If a 3 percent difference in your taxes for only the income over $250,000 would kill your “American Dream,” then you're on shaky ground to begin with.

Under Obama's proposal the tax rate for that income over $250,000 would increase from 36 percent to 39 percent.

David Floyd


Belk's inexperience, intentions

make him unfit for judgeship

Family court is not the place for Bill Belk, who has no experience on the bench, to “reform the system” because he has a personal vendetta against District Judge Ben Thalheimer.

Major decisions affecting the future of our children should be made by Judge Thalheimer, who is experienced, hard-working and fair, not by Belk, who in his own words would “probably” serve out this four-year term.

Sandra H. White


In response to “Deregulation took away Fairness Doctrine” (Oct. 17 Forum):

Talk radio: Deregulation

has fostered fairness

Cullen Ferguson, a former TV news anchor, complains that radio stations in a “quest to maximize ratings… have abandoned responsibility for maintaining fairness and balance.”

In reality, the three major TV networks are so far to the left they don't give the news but shape it and make it.

Deregulation hasn't destroyed fairness in radio, it has created it.

R. J. Dunn