In response to “Silence may cost Edwards speaking slot at convention” (Aug. 7), et al.:
Edwards staying silent, and
Observer should be too
The Observer's ongoing obsession with smearing John Edwards is disgusting.
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Ed Williams, Lisa Zagaroli and Mark Johnson should be held accountable and reprimanded, suspended or terminated.
In response to “Sorry, did my nose get in the way of your fist?” (Aug. 6):
role of violence in football
Come on, Mark Washburn, we're talking about football – one of the most violent (and popular) sports around.
Violence against a teammate is never a good thing, but it's not the same as a writer punching another writer at the office for stealing a story.
Smith shows violence isn't
limited to bottom of society
Steve Smith's actions aid the rest of society in realizing violence and bad judgment aren't confined to what County Commissioner Bill James has called the “moral sewer.”
An ugly temper is classless.
In response to “AMA apologizes for racism” (July 31 Forum):
View from white male:
Where's MY apology, AMA?
What does Dr. Yele Aluko call the affirmative action of the '80s that kept white males like me out of medical school while allowing in lesser qualified minorities? Does the AMA want to apologize for reverse discrimination now or later?
Observer misses opportunity
to recognize Criterium
The Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium was a positive event for Charlotte, enjoyed by thousands.
Yet the only Observer coverage was a photo and a few lines on page 2B (Aug. 3, Pro cyclists take over uptown”).
No listing of race results with finishing order and times. No interviews of cyclists or discussion of team strategy.
I did see plenty of coverage about a spoiled, childish, football player.
What an embarrassment.
In response to “Russian writer Solzhenitsyn dies” (Aug. 4):
How close are we coming
to Gulag justice?
The passing of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who shook the foundations of the Soviet Union by telling the truth about its vast prison Gulag, ought to prompt Americans to question.
Why do we now imprison more of our people per capita than any other country in the world?
Are we true to our claim to be champions of the rule of law when we run a secret prison network around the world for torture and “extraordinary rendition” of prisoners, most of whom are snatched-up with no due process?
Where are we on the path toward establishing justice when the central interview question is “What is it about George W. Bush that makes you want to serve him?” for those who staff our “Justice Department?”
In response to “Bank customers stuffing the box” (Aug. 3):
Higher credit card rate?
Look to yourself, not bank
The credit card customer who complained about his interest rate increasing “for no reason other than greed” needs to carefully read the terms for his account. The bank provides this information when an account is opened and usually at annual intervals after that.
The customer most likely will find he did something to trigger the rate increase – making a late payment, perhaps, or going over the card limit.
Ann P. Mahoney
When Scots talk, it's
with ‘burr,' not ‘brogue'
Headline writing is an art, and I commend the Observer's copy editors for their fine work under deadline. I must, however, object strenuously to the headline: “Scottish Bank losing its brogue” (Aug. 7).
Brogue? Oh, horrors! My late Glaswegian father would be dismayed, perhaps apoplectic, at yet another confusion of the Irish brogue with the lovely Scottish burr.
This region's proudly proclaimed “Scots-Irish” heritage is no excuse for lumping everything Scottish and Irish into one stewpot. Rather, we should expect a heightened awareness of the distinct flavors of Scottish and Irish speech and sensitivity to the delicious diversity even within this cultural heritage.
In response to “Alamance citizens benefit from actions of sheriff” (Aug. 6 Forum):
Alamance is poorer for loss
of illegal immigrant
This woman is everything we want out of a new member of society. She earned an education, fills an understaffed job that serves the community at large and has adopted Alamance County as her home community. I fail to understand how the county will be a “safer place” because of her and her family's deportation.
This type of targeting by a sheriff and invective by citizens only fuels tension, anger and violent crime by others not as productive as Marxavi Angel Martinez.
In response to “Community colleges indifferent to justice?” (Aug 1 Forum):
No, just following U.S. law
I'd like to see a law passed supporting the position taken by the N.C. community college system.
It's no “discriminatory agenda” for community colleges to act in accordance with federal law and to bar illegal immigrants from taking advantage of our taxpayer-subsidized education system.
In response to “Pop culture and politics can be a tricky mix” (Aug. 7 charlotte.com):
But could she campaign
from chaise longue?
It's a sad day when Paris Hilton can come up with a sounder, more comprehensive energy policy than can the U.S. Congress.
In response to “Pelosi's power move silences my voice in Washington” (Aug. 7 Forum):
Bush, too, could bring
Congress back to work
Although I agree that Congress may not deserve a five-week break, Nancy Pelosi isn't the only one who can call it back early for a vote. President Bush has that power as well.
Rigidity deprived Helms
of diversity's satisfactions
I mourn that Jesse Helms' rigid beliefs deprived him of the gifts of diversity. He never knew the beauty and enrichment that comes with acceptance of racial and cultural differences.
I regret his inability to change, but I'm so glad America is still going in the right direction.
In response to “A cult claims it alone has truth” (Aug. 6):
Graham casts wide net
in definition of ‘cult'
Billy Graham defines a cult as “a group that claims that it, and it alone, has the truth about God and offers the only way to salvation.”
Doesn't this definition apply to all Christians, as well as Jews, Buddhists and Muslims? Based on Mr. Graham's definition, all organized religions qualify as cults. .
I thank him for clearing this up.