Observer forum: Letters to editor

In response to “Story isn't Joe the Plumber but ‘spread the wealth' ” (Oct. 19 Forum):

‘Concentrating wealth':

That's real class warfare

So “spreading the wealth” is class warfare? Then is “concentrating the wealth” – using porous borders, jobs shipped overseas and huge tax cuts for the wealthy – not also class warfare?

Since consumer spending is what drives the economy, isn't some spreading of wealth healthy? Taking money from the majority to give it to the few kills the goose that lays the golden eggs for all.

Clark Macomber


$250,000 plan no threat

to under-the-table economy

Doesn't anyone realize small business owners seldom report all their income?

I own a small day spa with nearly 50 employees. It's difficult balancing all the financial demands, but I do so without shorting our grand old Uncle one single cent.

However, many “private contractors” in my industry and others need not worry about falling into Mr. Obama's $250,000 tax bracket, because they would never report their real income.

So, I ask them: What's the problem, guys?

Pat Helmandollar


Joe the Plumber? Oh,

yeah, I used to know him

Both candidates have exposed their ignorance about Main Street.

In the world I live in, far removed from inside the Beltway, Jose the Plumber long ago displaced poor old Joe.

Frank Sansone


Your choice: Socialism

at home, socialism abroad

Key to Obama's success: Voting for him is cheaper than having to buy a plane ticket to go live in another socialist country.

Richard L. Bean


Separation of church, state

is built into our system

Come January a new president may take the oath of office by swearing upon a Bible, but he will be swearing to preserve, protect and defend our secular, individual-rights-granting Constitution – not the Bible, not the catechism of the Roman Catholic Church and not the Statement of Faith and Message of the Southern Baptist Convention.

If you can't separate God from state, please do freedom a favor: Go to church Nov. 4. Stay out of the voting booth.

Jack Calaway


Let fate of life in womb

determine how you vote

Let all voters consider this question:

With which candidate is life in the womb safest?

Donna J. Gunter


In response to “Liberals want to use law to stifle right-wing talk” (Oct. 19 Forum):

Talk radio: Don't you get it?

It's all about entertainment

Talk radio hosts and television pundits are entertainers who must generate controversy and outrage to preserve their paychecks.

Only the analytically impaired or partisan blind consider them reliable sources of information.

D. Michael McDowell


In response to “At-large seats: Jordan, Murrey and Roberts” (Oct. 19 editorial):

Democrat Cogdell deserves

to be county commissioner

I was disappointed your endorsements for at-large county commissioners didn't include Harold Cogdell.

Harold's criminal justice background, combined with Jennifer Roberts' growth and economic development experience and Dan Murrey's health care and community engagement insight, make the three Democrats the best team for Mecklenburg.

Robbie Howell


In response to “At least 10 look to represent District 3” (Oct. 17):

Dunlap-Leake tag team

as commissioners? No thanks

Haven't we experienced enough of George Dunlap's shenanigans during his tenure on the school board?

Many qualified African Americans could fill Valerie Woodard's seat without giving us the goat rodeo guaranteed with Mr. Dunlap and Vilma Leake both as county commissioners.

John B. Hallman


In response to “Thalheimer, not Belk, is the responsible pick” (Oct. 20 editorial):

Bill Belk campaign built

on court reform, not money

Bill Belk is not buying his way into a District Court judgeship.

His campaign helpers are people fed up with the courts, who have lost life savings because of judges beholden to the attorneys and their law firms.

The system needs reform, and Bill Belk has the leadership skills to get it done!

Lilly Marsh


Good judges don't hurry

to dispense justice

The Observer cites criticism of one sitting judge as having “difficulty working quickly enough to get through daily dockets.”

Quickly enough by what standard?

A courtroom isn't an assembly line, and the administration of justice doesn't lend itself to production quotas. Or at least, it shouldn't. Too often I've seen what happens when the emphasis is on speed and quantity.

Those caught up in the legal system deserve to know their voice will be heard and their case carefully considered, so that even the loser comes away with the sense he or she got a fair shake.

That is what ultimately promotes confidence and trust in the judicial system. Not instant turnaround time.

Steve Fletcher


Judgeship recommendations

sad comment on candidates

The cry has gone out that we need more judges, but after reading your endorsements I don't want to vote for any of the candidates.

Larrie Sweet


In response to “A $150 million month” (Oct. 20):

Why so little media curiosity

about Obama's millions?

The obscene amount of money raised by Obama shows special interests in a frenzy to get their candidate elected.

In the past, when Republican candidates out raised Democrats, the news media eagerly pointed out the influence of special interests.

Now? Barely a mention.

H. R. Lindsay


In response to “About changes in today's Observer” (Oct. 20 Rick Thames column):

Less space is one thing, but

giving it to sports is another

In the current economy I fully understand the Observer's cost-cutting changes, but to devote more than half of Monday's ad-free news space to sports is an over-the-top decision – and an interesting commentary on your perception of our values.

The reading public deserves to know the score, but that involves much more than who beat who on Sunday.

Linda O'Hara


Shrinking newspaper costs

me my Monday recipes

Only three sections today – no Carolina Living.

I know Monday is a slow news day, but I look forward to the Seven-Day Planner, since you no longer share recipes in Wednesday's Food section.

Please stop shrinking my paper!

Denise Vliet


Observer, what matters

is quality, not quantity

Our newspaper continues to slim down, and that's fine with us readers.

Newspaper quality should be gauged not by number of pages but by the weight of words.

Walter J. Klein