In response to “Region's options: Sprawl or expand transit” (Oct. 12 Big Picture):
Light rail, yes, but we can't
shut down road projects
I couldn't be more delighted with light rail's early success, but to suggest the region now abandon badly needed road projects is preposterous.
Sprawl may be a dirty word, but planned concentric growth is not.
The development of southern Mecklenburg is a textbook example of a beautiful, efficient blend of residential, commercial, office and other services – with a great road system.
Light rail must evolve as Charlotte grows into it. We need these road projects built sooner rather than later – and not “truckways.”
makes case for Monroe's
Did “outsiders” Neal Peirce and Alex Marshall ever drive through Rockingham before the bypass? Have they ever driven through Monroe?
Let them drive through Monroe once a week for six months and then tell us we don't need the same wonderful relief we were given by the Rockingham bypass.
In response to “Something profound is happening” (Oct. 11 Viewpoint):
So WHAT if her district
thinks Myrick is best?
Mary Newsom notes that Rep. Sue Myrick's positions “usually reflect those of many in her district.”
While the Observer has used that criterion in the past for endorsements, I look to you to endorse the candidate whose positions are best for our community and country.
Harry Taylor's positions on the economy, alternative energy sources, affordable health care and the Iraq war make him that candidate.
In response to “Dalton our choice for lieutenant governor” (Oct. 5 editorial):
N.C. needs Pittenger
to cut government waste
As lieutenant governor, Robert Pittenger would curb North Carolina's waste. Spending on pork should be for barbecues only!
In response to “ ‘City upon a hill': Term predated Reagan” (Oct. 13 Forum):
‘City upon a hill': Term has
roots in Sermon on Mount
The writer is minister, First Presbyterian Church, Statesville.
Yes, John Winthrop said, “We shall be as a City upon a Hill,” but he was employing a biblical allusion.
Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount said, “A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.”
Rev. Stephen W. Scott
In response to “ ‘Palling around' didn't begin with Obama” (Oct. 10 Forum):
Ayers vs. Paul: Comparison
overlooks key distinction
Would Sarah Palin criticize Jesus for palling around with Paul?
She wouldn't need to – unlike '60s bomber Bill Ayers, Paul was repentant.
Ayers' only regret was he “didn't do enough.”
In response to “Report stings Palin over Troopergate flap” (Oct. 11):
Why focus on Troopergate
instead of Dems' issues?
“Why not “Report stings Obama over Ayersgate” or “Report stings Obama over Jeremiahgate” or “Report stings Obama over Acorngate” or “Report stings Obama over Rezkogate”?
In response to “Republicans stubbed their toe catering to Joe Sixpack” (Oct. 11 Viewpoint):
Country club GOP turns up
its nose at Joe Sixpack
For too long Democrats have claimed to champion the working classes while actually holding them in contempt.
Country club Republicans such as David Brooks have never claimed anything but disdain for working people and are now embarrassed by their party's appeal to these people.
In response to “Hagan better choice for U.S. Senate seat” (Oct. 12 editorial):
No way to represent:
D.C. just isn't N.C.
Much like Elizabeth Dole, I moved away from my home state over 40 years ago. But I'd never claim to represent the people of Kansas like she claims to represent the people of North Carolina.
Observer shrinks comics
at especially bad time
Who shrank the Sunday comics? In this depressed economy a laugh is a necessity!
Have you miniaturized our favorite characters for Lilliputians to read?
I'll miss Richard Maschal
(and oh those comics!)
Bummer! To lose “Opus” and arts critic Richard Maschal in the same day – plus I had to read the comics with a magnifying glass.