Observer forum: Letters to editor

In response to “Democrats, Bush agree on some bailout terms” (Sept. 23):

It wasn't taxpayers who

brought about this debacle

Taxpayers should be offended and outraged by the administration's $700 billion bailout proposal: no checks and balances, no accountability and no time frame.

What happened to that old conservative spirit that said let the markets work? We may all suffer financially if we leave matters alone, but the culprits will suffer most – as they should.

Glenn Hardison


Bailout may not be pretty,

but circumstances demand it

If Congress doesn't quickly approve the Treasury Department proposal to deal with the mortgage crisis, we and our children will be standing in bread lines. It is that bad. Whether any of us are happy with it, the bailout is necessary for our individual and collective well-being.

Wayne Swofford


Debunking deregulation

carries high price tag

The obscene bonuses and salaries paid to these bankers make me wish for some way to hold them criminally responsible for their greed.

At least the misguided Republican mantra of deregulation has been exposed.

Richard Jones


Whatever happened to

personal responsibility?

It couldn't have been you who signed on the dotted line for a house you couldn't afford. It couldn't have been you who charged up your credit card. It couldn't have been you who shops at Wal-Mart to save two bucks and helped send all the textile jobs to China. It couldn't have been you who had kids you can't seem to make behave.

And it's surely not your fault you live in a hurricane zone and complain about your house being destroyed. It's not your fault you fear global warming but have five kids. It's not your fault you can't lose weight.

It's just not your responsibility to keep up with yourself. In our ideal world we will all help you, no matter how much you contributed to your own problems.

If we don't help you, then we're bad people.

Jeff Walters


OK, Senators, who's

your Treasury secretary?

Perhaps the first question asked of Obama and McCain at Friday night's debate should be this: Who would you nominate as Treasury secretary? (And I hope McCain gives more thought to that selection than he did to his VP choice.)

Hank Durkin


In response to “Obama scheduled speech to conflict with worship” (Sept. 23 Forum):

‘Conflict with worship'?

You're being too literal

Since when is attending church on Sunday the basis of Christianity?

The wonder of an Obama rally is not the chance to hear him speak, but to be surrounded by people united in their belief they can make the world a better place.

They gather as Christians gathered in Jesus' lifetime, and their goals are Christian goals: responsibility for both one's own actions and for the needs of those less fortunate, such as justice for the oppressed, housing for the poor and health care for the sick.

Al Gallo


So does McCain get away

with Sunday politicking?

I observed many in the crowd at the Obama rally who looked as though they had just come from church, which is possible given that he didn't begin to speak until after 1 p.m.

John McCain campaigned in Baltimore on Sunday as Obama did in Charlotte. Should we now question his faith and values?

Melissa Mulligan


Obama rally gave hope

in nation's time of crisis

Perhaps those who missed Sunday worship felt our country is in such crisis that they needed to hear something from Sen. Obama to renew hope in our future.

For the record I went to mass before going to the rally.

Ellie Supernault


In response to “Parkway votes clear conflict of interests” (Sept. 11 editorial):

If it's according to David,

it's according to Hoyle

The writer is former majority leader, N.C. Senate.

I know Sen. David Hoyle to be completely honest and trustworthy. He wouldn't say he was unaware the proposed road was that close to his property unless that was true. At no time during the eight years he and I worked closely on legislation did I see any reason to doubt his integrity.

Our society is made up of givers and takers. Sen. Hoyle would be at the top of the list of givers.

He has “bigger fish” to fry than stooping to the level your coverage suggests.

Richard Conder


In response to “In Myers Park, last days for a store like no other” (Sept. 24):

Myers Park Hardware, you

played vital part in my life

Dannye Romine Powell speaks eloquently to what many of us are feeling. I've been a customer of Myers Park Hardware since I moved here 30 years ago, dropping in at least three times a week to use the post office or to buy plants, light bulbs or cards.

Everyone at Myers Park Hardware, thank you for what you have meant to my life. I will miss you terribly.

Lynn Wheeler