Observer forum: Letters to editor

In response to “United Way's board has more work to do” (Aug. 27 editorial):

Observer creates furor,

then feigns innocence

Since the board decided to contribute to Gloria Pace King's retirement plan, the Observer has made her personal business front page news.

Although praise for her leadership abounds – last year United Way raised an “unprecedented $43.5 million” – the Observer began to publish negative Forum letters and continued to pound the issue by comparing Ms. King's salary and retirement plan to United Ways elsewhere.

Because the public found Ms. King's retirement plan excessive, the United Way board is forcing her to retire or be fired. Now the Observer can't understand why on earth Ms. King, who has done such a great job, is unemployed.

“Something isn't right,” you conclude. That's for sure. You aren't right.

Lisa Maddox


What's surprising about

CEOS taking care of CEOs?

What would you expect from a United Way board comprising so many present and former CEOs such as the exorbitantly paid Ken Lewis and Ken Thompson? Would you expect them to be niggardly in setting the pay and benefits of a fellow CEO?

Perhaps retiring board members could be replaced by ordinary citizens who aren't part of Charlotte's CEO clique.

M. M. Teague


Board members, grab wallets

and make things right

Board members should make personal donations to demonstrate regret for their misjudgment and acceptance of responsibility. This would lead the way in improving public opinion and encouraging donations.

Gary Moeykens

Fort Mill

Board disproportionately

reflects uptown interests

The obscenely out of touch United Way board needs replacing. Uptown no more represents Charlotte than Rae Carruth represents all former Panthers.

John Simpson


Only way out for board:

Say goodbye, everybody

Given the United Way board's continuing display of incompetence and its refusal to satisfactorily explain Gloria King's compensation, there is only one way for it to sincerely apologize to the community and to regain public trust: Resign.

J. Carole Carney


Contributions endangered

by board's spendthriftiness

When a board pays out this type of money, it is living dangerously. Turn that ship around before you hit an iceberg. You might not have $43 million to appropriate next year.

W. Randall Lemly


Does United Way have

everything backward?

King should be the one who fires the United Way board for its lack of judgment and fiduciary responsibility in allowing this fiasco.

Dan Ciccone


King had to have known

who was really paying her

Ms. King of all people had to know the donated money she is lining her pockets with is no longer available for the sick and needy. Just because the board was crazy enough to give it to her doesn't mean she had to accept.

James S. Walker


Publishing list of agencies

would give donors options

The Observer should publish the names of the 91 member agencies so donors can give directly. Include the percentage of their budgets that has been provided through United Way.

Donors could then give to the cause that speaks to them.

Dan Bartlett


Direct contributions avoid

United Way's piece of action

Contributors to United Way thought their small sacrifice would go for the community good, not for the cushy lifestyle of an executive the board decided deserved it.

I contribute directly to Loaves & Fishes and the Women's Shelter. That way I'm sure they get every cent.

Janet Johnston


Interim president Everett:

Yet another good old boy?

Even more preposterous than the King public relations debacle is United Way's bringing in Mac Everett for $20,000 per month. Break up Charlotte's good old boy network!

Bill Reading


Too bad it's needed, but

how about limit on pay?

Why not enact legislation to limit employee compensation at nonprofit organizations?

I used to think highly of those who accepted management positions in nonprofits, believing they were sacrificing income to work for some higher purpose. I seem to have been misguided.

James Broughman


United Way failed, but

this community won't

This year's United Way campaign is going to take a big hit, but I know this community can make up any shortfall with direct contributions to member charities.

Michael Gibbons


In response to “N.C. Clinton backers slowly accept Obama” (Aug. 27):

For Hillary backers, what's

to like about McCain?

It's hard to imagine that someone could support Hillary Clinton and John McCain in the same election cycle.

Perhaps some of those pro-McCain Clinton supporters are really fifth columnists or saboteurs planted early on in her campaign by Republicans expecting to face her in November.

John Minter


Democrats go overboard

in putting Obama on stage

Obama's accepting the Democratic nomination on such a grand scale is way over the top! So scripted, so garish, so Hollywood.

Should he make it to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., what a production that will be.

Floyd Prophet


In response to “Will Obama choice be Biden?” (Aug. 16 Viewpoint):

‘Practicing Catholic'

doesn't describe Biden

Contrary to Bill Press' description of Sen. Joe Biden, “a practicing Catholic” doesn't defy the teaching authority of the church by promoting abortion.

Cafeteria Catholics may point to issues on which such politicians do agree with church teaching, but in no way does this offset the gravity of their offense against society, the church and God.

Paul Deer


Cartoon captures decline

of overreaching nation

Thank you for Steve Sack's tremendous editorial cartoon (Aug. 22, “ ‘No much of a beacon anymore, are we?' ”).

We have meddled in everybody else's business.

We have painted ourselves into a corner.

We owe more than our great-great-grandchildren will ever be able to pay off.

Arrogant and self-absorbed, we feel we entitled to more natural resources than the rest of the world.

Barbara C. McRee


Let's watch how oil rigs

hold up in hurricane

In Hurricane Gustav's path are hundreds of drill rigs producing and searching for oil and natural gas.

Environmental worry warts, pay close attention. If these rigs survive Gustav without significant spills, please consider that technology has improved and that offshore drilling offers a small part of the solution to our energy problem.

Brooke S. Dickson