Observer Forum: Letters to editor

In response to “NASCAR hall tab jumps” (Sept. 9):

NASCAR hall: Success

will overshadow overruns

The popularity of NASCAR is undeniably on a scale with that of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and PGA. The droves of visitors to Charlotte to see the NASCAR Hall of Fame will quickly make us forget whatever construction cost overruns are incurred.

The opportunity to be mentioned in the same sentence as Canton, Cooperstown, Springfield, Toronto and St. Augustine is priceless.

Ross Levin


Don't conceal intentions

when estimating costs

Another “bait and switch.” The city and NASCAR knew all along they wanted more money – they just neglected to inform taxpayers.

NASCAR is rolling in money – let it fund all the additional costs. And let's have an honest estimate from the city and sponsors on the ballpark and other future projects.

John Zamzow

Denver, N.C.

In response to “Commissioners consider new guidelines for taking on debt” (Sept. 10):

‘Taking on debt' isn't

what I want from county

We don't need county leaders who want greater flexibility to pay for projects. They should be seeking to decrease our debt, not increase it.

Whatever the project, taxpayers too often aren't notified of problems until late in the process.

James Pressly


In response to “City takes new look at its sidewalk policy” (Sept. 7):

Sidewalks: For neighborhood

what's not to like?

Why would anyone be opposed to increasing property values and improving walkability? I live on Murrayhill Road and look forward to having sidewalks throughout the neighborhood.

Children and pedestrians are at danger from increased automobile traffic. The city needs to stick by its decision and let this project go through as planned.

Rod Gatlin


In response to “Real reasons children drink” (Sept. 8 For the record):

Europeans teach kids

how to drink responsibly

Big government advocates such as Mary Easley imply that lowering the drinking age would lead to mass bingeing among teenagers.

Europeans, however, are taught from an early age to drink responsibly, and some countries have drinking ages as low as 16.

By making drinking taboo for anyone under 21, our current laws actually encourage binge drinking.

Jonathan Barth


‘Debate over mothers'?

That's so 20th century!

How do you disenfranchise all the working women in Mecklenburg County? Respond to the invitation of “A new twist in the debate over mothers” (Sept. 6).

What century are you guys in? This story was written for women prior to World War II.

Stephen C. Yeager


In response to “Takeover poses taxpayer risk” (Sept. 9):

GOP to blame for takeover

of private financial giants

It is a tragic day when government nationalizes Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and transfers those jobs from the private sector to the public sector. No one will forget it was a Republican administration that resorted to this big government power grab.

Aaron E. Michel


In response to “Hagan puts Dole in unfamiliar bind” (Sept. 7):

Our knowledge of Dole

is extensive, unfavorable

Rob Christensen quotes Carter Wrenn as saying, “Nobody knows anything about Hagan.” We surely do know about Dole – a do-nothing, deteriorating wooden puppet whose strings are pulled by the Republican Party.

Walter Saville


Dole was among those

valuing ‘power over principle'

Even John McCain has come out against Republicans like Elizabeth Dole, when he said, “We lost their trust when we valued our power over our principles.”

Instead of serving the people, Mrs. Dole has cynically voted to block important legislation, such as the children's health insurance bill, because her party wants to criticize a “do-nothing Congress.” She's not just ineffective – she's an impediment to bipartisan progress.

Jeff Passe


Palin puts up smokescreen

over health insurance, taxes

Sarah Palin's rousing speeches are full of feel-good patriotic prose but short on details average Americans need to hear about.

John McCain's health care plan, for instance, proposes those with pre-existing health conditions might (sorry, no guarantees) get coverage through a nonprofit organization pieced together by governors. His plan allows private insurance companies to discriminate against our most vulnerable citizens. Should insurance companies treat health care as a commodity and cherry-pick the healthiest consumers for the highest profits?

Also, McCain and Palin repeatedly claim Obama will raise taxes but never mention that only those making over $200,000 per year would be affected.

Marjorie Storch


In response to “Palin misusing children in ploy to attract voters” (Sept. 7 Forum):

Palin in no-win situation

about role of her children

If Gov. Palin puts her family out there while campaigning, she's politicizing her children for some kind of sympathy vote.

If she shields them from the news media, then surely she must be ashamed of her underaged, pregnant daughter and Down Syndrome son. How can she possibly win?

Whether in the national spotlight or not, Sarah Palin seems to me to be just a mother who loves her children, warts and all.

Amy Delmas


In response to “Palin, daughter are models for families everywhere” (Sept. 7 Forum):

‘Inspiration for mothers,

daughters'? Not in my book

When a teenager chooses to have unprotected, premarital sex and then becomes “an inspiration for mothers and daughters everywhere,” no further testimony is needed on how low our collective morality has sunk.

Had Bristol Palin accepted responsibility in an admirable way, she would have just said no. But she didn't, and how this reflects positively on her or her parents is beyond me.

Tom Haas


Observer ridicules GOP

time after time after… .

Once again the Observer displays its support for Obama.

“Laugh Attacks” (Sept. 8 Viewpoint) includes seven comments making fun of Republicans, Bush, Palin and McCain and only one about Obama.

You even had to go political in the sports pages, reporting that David Letterman's list of “top 10 ways to spice up the U.S. Open tennis tournament” included “Even though she has no experience, put Sarah Palin in the finals.”

That made the day's negative remarks eight to one against Republicans.

Jim Hempe

Fort Mill

Comparison to Pelosi

is Buzzer's cheap shot

The Buzzer (Sept. 6 Viewpoint) who criticizes Nancy Pelosi for serving in Congress when she, like Sarah Palin, has five children fails to note that Pelosi didn't enter political life until all her children had left the nest.

Good thing the Buzz is anonymous, otherwise such misconceptions and wrongheadedness would leave a trail back to the contributors.

Gerald Pardue