Observer forum: Letters to editor

In response to “Justice officials' acts shameful, offensive” (July 30):

Faculty hiring discriminates

against conservatives

As I read your editorial blasting the Justice Department for discriminating against liberals in hiring, I wondered whether you are similarly appalled by the nation's universities, nearly all of which discriminate against conservatives.

Studies show 5 percent or less of faculty members are Republicans.

I haven't pursued a career as a professor because I know I'd have virtually no chance of being hired.

Universities are instrumental in shaping hearts and minds, and they should be open to all points of view. In reality, however, they systematically exclude conservatives and moderates from their faculties.

Larry Ramer


Please, Kathleen – write about

something that matters!

Kathleen Parker's “Young superstar vs. old warrior” (July 31 Viewpoint) is all too reminiscent of her "full-bloodedness” nonsense during the Democratic primaries (May 15 Viewpoint, “Voters seeking a full-blooded American”).

If you want to go after Obama, Ms. Parker, be my guest, but please don't pander to what you call instinct.

Voters would benefit from criticism more substantive than “It was all a little too wonderful…”

Anna Zimmer


Toss in towel, GOP – you don't

have prayer vs. Obama

. That heavy breathing, loud chewing sound to be heard all around us is coming from Republicans eating their hearts out for not having anyone even close to matching up against Barack Obama.

Some advice: Instead of beating up on yourselves, buck up, accept the inevitable this time around and start planning more wisely for the contest in 2016.You mean 2012, you ask? Not a chance. But, hey, you've got eight years to try to get it right.

Bernie Hargadon


In response to “McCain ads suggest Obama lacks depth” (July 31):

Don't we deserve better

than McCain's ugly ads?

John McCain isn't looking heroic but desperate. Do we really want a president who will stoop to anything to win? Isn't America better than this?

Jean McCoy


In response to Kathleen Parker's “Barack, just admit you were wrong” (July 28 Viewpoint):

What does Obama have

to apologize for? Nothing

Obama shouldn't admit he is wrong – he is right.

The surge has not changed the political climate in Iraq.

Walter Saville


Flip-flopping is sign

of ability to adapt

I struggle to understand why it's bad to be a flip-flopper.

I like flip-floppers. I admire people who admit their mistakes and alter their opinions when circumstances or facts change.

I flip-flopped on my opinion of George Bush.

Cindy Stonesifer


Citizens, keep your eyes out

for human trafficking victims

The writer is acting assistant secretary for children and families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Anyone of conscience reading “Man gets 14 years in S.C. human trafficking case” (July 18) must ask: What can I do?

The public often encounters victims of trafficking in the course of daily business. They may speak little English, lack a passport, appear fearful or depressed or show evidence of abuse, such as bruises.

If you suspect a case of trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888. Once a victim is identified, the Department of Health and Human Services helps provide food, access to shelter, legal assistance, job training and health care.

Daniel Schneider

Washington, D.C.

In response to “Europe showed reason to separate church and state” (July 28 Forum):

Separation of church, state

not specified by Founders

The framers of the Constitution did not insist on the separation of church and state, only the freedom to practice one's religion.

The idea of separation of church and state is usually traced to an 1802 letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists referring to the First Amendment as creating a “wall of separation” between church and state.

The phrase was quoted by the U.S. Supreme Court first in 1878, then in a series of cases starting in 1947. This led to increased popular and political discussion of the concept.

Craig Wilkinson


In response to “Spoonful of Sugarland cures blues” (July 31):

View of country music

is narrow-minded, elitist

Ann Powers likes the new Sugarland CD because it doesn't have the “flag waving and bigotry” of other country music, although she does consider one song on the album country enough to be credible to the hillbillies.

Powers seems unaware that in the region of regular folks between California and New York it's country, not her beloved pop, that dominates radio – and that country sells more CDs and more tickets to shows than any other type of music.

John Lambert

China Grove