In response to “United Way starts off in a jam” (Sept. 6):
Business execs poor choice
to hand out donations
We can't trust business executives to decide who is or isn't worthy of charitable support.
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That right belongs to individual donors, and employers should keep the decision-making out of the workplace.
It shouldn't be needy who
pay price for mistakes
How about United Way board members, who are totally responsible for this mess, make up the difference in giving? Let them hold bake sales if need be. But they, not the needy, should be the ones suffering the consequences of their out-of-touch actions.
Enough! I've had my fill
of lawyer as cover boy
I'll be happy to double my contribution to United Way over last year, if you promise never again to show that magazine cover shot of Bill Diehl in bed with only red sheets covering him (Aug. 28 Insider).
John B. Hallman
In response to “CMS debates magnet shuffle” (Sept. 5):
Closing Villa Heights is
wrong answer for CMS
It is inconceivable that the solution to an excess of magnets is to close one of CMS's most successful schools.
Villa Heights Elementary is an Honors School of Excellence, meeting 100 percent of its annual progress goals in 2007.
The school board should be looking for a way to replicate Villa Heights, not close it.
In response to “Communities are built on two-parent families” (Sept. 8 Forum):
Tsk-tsking won't strengthen
I too applaud CMS' efforts to educate parents, but to grow stronger, struggling families need economic opportunity.
We can tsk-tsk at people for not living the way we think they should, but unless we're active in providing good-paying entry-level jobs, affordable health care and affordable housing that doesn't concentrate poverty in a few neighborhoods, then we too are part of the problem.
In response to “Some debating necessity of Gaston parkway” (Sept. 8):
Hoyle sure sounds naïve
about parkway dealings
State Sen. David Hoyle bought hundreds of acres near a proposed parkway that might not be built without his past and future legislative efforts, but he insists he “didn't equate the two.” Did he say that with a straight face?
In response to “ ‘Fight for what's right' ” (Sept. 5):
McCain has strange approach
to seeking bipartisanship
How can John McCain vow to “reach across the aisle” to work with Democrats and independents after sending out his vice presidential nominee the night before to launch a tirade of sarcasm, mockery and disrespect toward Barack Obama?
Palin's speech – entirely off-point about policy and issues – instead ridiculed everything from Obama's work in his community to the decorative columns on the stage at the Democratic convention.
Diane Bradford Bolster
In response to “N.C. GOP seems blind to truth about Palin” (Sept. 4 Forum):
Alaska is plenty diverse
(just not many blacks)
Because African Americans account for less than 4 percent of Alaska's population, Franklin D. Long argues, Gov. Palin has no “concept of race relations in the real world.”
In reality, more than 30 percent of Alaskans are people of color [about half of whom are listed as American Indian or Alaska native].
Sounds like the “real world” to me – or is it only black Americans who count?
Women for Palin? Oh,
please, use your thinkers
I was amazed by some of the comments in “Palin creates intrigue for N.C. women” (Sept. 4).
Women Democrats who claimed support for Hillary Clinton are intrigued by Palin because she's the same gender? Revenge voting? Come on, ladies. Hillary Clinton's and Sarah Palin's views on the environment, women's rights, foreign policy and a host of other issues are far apart.
Voting for “a woman” in the White House – and voting for “the right woman” – are two very different choices.
In response to “Don't blame Bristol's mom for abusive news media” (Sept. 8 Forum):
News media on target
about Palin's issues
The news media aren't blaming Sarah Palin for Bristol's pregnancy – they're correctly asking questions about her extreme views on sex education in schools.
Since it's her political stance to restrict what children are taught about pregnancy prevention, it's fair to point out that her own family is living proof her “abstinence only” philosophy doesn't work.
As a parent, I want my child to be able to make informed decisions based on reality, not on someone else's moral standards.
In response to “Researching Palin's past is news media's duty” (Sept. 5 editorial):
It's not just Palin who
needs to be researched
Are you going to run that editorial again, but this time headlined “Researching Obama's past is news media's duty”?
In response to “Mayor Palin proposed banning library books” (Sept. 6):
Interest in book banning
ignores constitutional rights
Sarah Palin's clear disregard of the First Amendment causes me to fear that she, like Vice President Cheney, doesn't wholeheartedly embrace our Constitution and the rights it guarantees.
Mark I. West
Where we need change:
Democratic House, Senate
Why is it when we hear all the hollering about hope and change that no one looks at the party who has controlled the House and Senate for the past eight years?
Shouldn't a preponderance of the blame for our sliding economy go to the Democrats?
Shortage of copy editors
showing in my Observer
It pains my J-school graduate's heart to see more and more errors in the Observer. Please rethink the money you spent sending people to Beijing and hire a few copy editors – not spell-check!
In response to “Can Mint sell public on $1 coin?” (Aug. 21):
To foster demand for coin
shrink supply of dollar bills
Once again the government is spending millions to persuade us to use the dollar coin.
Will it never occur to anyone to simply stop printing dollar bills?
Don't expect Observer
to toe your company line
I'm tired of both liberals and conservatives whining about bias whenever the Observer prints something that doesn't adhere to their respective talking points.