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