Observer forum: Letters to editor

In response to “Doubts linger over Wachovia price tag” (Oct. 1):

My dad would've fought

Golden West purchase

My father, Jack Runnion, went to work for Wachovia right out of the Wharton School of Business and retired 15 years ago as chief financial officer.

I'm glad he didn't live to see this debacle.

My dad was smart and conservative. The Golden West Financial deal wouldn't have gone through under his watchful eye.

I miss my dad, as I'm sure the hundreds of people on the unemployment line do as well.

Jill Runnion


Wachovia collapse causes

trickle-down trouble

As a single mother and a small-business owner I hold no Wachovia stock. However, most of my clients do. The panic and loss of income from Wachovia stock has caused my business to dwindle.

Do Ken Thompson and Bob Steel realize the trickle-down effect their decisions have on the rest of us?

Celeste Lupo-Hack


In response to “N.C. GOP votes to halt bailout” (Sept. 30):

Myrick saw Iraq's ‘threat,'

but can't see Wall Street's

Rep. Sue Myrick has taken a stand history will prove ignorant, choosing her reelection and partisanship over saving our country from economic destruction.

She had no problem voting to send our troops to war when a small nation across the globe posed no imminent threat, but somehow the imminent threat right here in our backyard doesn't so move her.

George L. Beyer IV


Are representatives blind

except to their re-election?

The House's rejection of the bailout validates the self-serving nature of our representatives, who are more concerned about re-election than the good of those who elected them.

Michael Littauer


Founders didn't look

over their shoulders

When the Founding Fathers faced adversity, I doubt they checked their re-election status or letters from home. They united, voted and risked their very lives for the collective good.

David M. Furr


In response to “Mayor on antichrist e-mail: ‘Just curious' ” (Sept. 29):

Ft. Mill mayor justified

in curiosity about antichrist

I totally agree with Fort Mill Mayor Danny Funderburk.

I'm proud to be from a small town in America that questions these vital issues.

Alice Pegram

Fort Mill

In response to “Energy efficiency through NC SAVE$” (Sept. 24 Viewpoint):

Don't force-feed public

with ‘energy efficiency'

The writer is legal and regulatory analyst, John Locke Foundation.

Lisa Zerkle fails to mention that most problems with Duke Energy's Save-a-Watt program would also exist with the environmentalists' NC SAVE$ plan.

North Carolinians would pay an extra fee in their electricity bills to subsidize energy-efficiency measures, such as incentives to buy approved appliances. This behavior modification approach incorrectly presumes North Carolinians are stupid and central planners know best.

Daren Bakst


In response to “Uh, there's a Palin problem” (Sept. 27 Viewpoint):

Palin's stumbles don't

bother me, Ms. Parker

Kathleen Parker's analysis may be right, but her conclusions are superficial and just plain wrong.

If Sarah Palin stumbles in an interview, it's OK by me. I'm fed up with the smooth-talking empty suits who profess to be in Washington to defend our interests. Applying Palin's common sense to our complex issues would benefit us all.

Ron Peele


It's not men protecting

that glass ceiling

The biggest problem women have getting ahead in today's society? Other women.

Jake Bussolini


At last, conservative columnist

admits Palin can't cut it

Thanks to Kathleen Parker for having the courage and honesty to finally acknowledge the obvious: Palin may be an appealing persona, but she is woefully unqualified to be leader of the free world.

But isn't it sad that it took this long for even one prominent conservative pundit to admit it?

Greg Carr