In response to “Crime numbers tell mixed story” (Oct. 29):
Behind crime numbers: Need
for change in our values
How much longer will crime news keep repeating itself?
Patrick Graham, Urban League of Central Carolina CEO, points out our desperate need to “renew a spirit of brother and sisterhood, in a real communal sense.” Changes in behavior require changes in values. Has the time for changing really come upon us?
What's ‘especially troubling'
about involvement of blacks?
A police official “said the increase in homicides is especially troubling because it overwhelmingly involved black victims and suspects.” Would the increase somehow be less troubling if the victims and suspects were of another race?
Wall Street's welcome rally
deserved upbeat coverage
If the goal of “Wall Street's 889-point surge fails to rally mood” (Oct. 29) was to squelch momentum and to further dismantle our hope for an economic recovery, I hope it fails.
A “joyless” 889-point rally?
In response to “State should correct straight-ticket fiction” (Oct. 29 editorial):
troubling only to Observer?
Why waste all that newsprint, when you could've explained your position in a single sentence: “We need to have one lever to pull to select all Democrats.”
After all, why should being able to read instructions be required to vote?
No shortage of reminders
about how ballot works
At my polling place I was reminded repeatedly, both orally and in writing, that the presidential vote was separate from the straight-ticket vote.
Most of us voters can count to two, at least until the General Assembly rejiggers the ballot and we'll only have to count to one.
Change appointment law,
but first approve Dunlap
Kudos to Fannie Flono for “Stop the foolishness, appoint Dunlap” (Oct. 24 Viewpoint).
Despite Republican commissioners' claim to need time to examine George Dunlap's record, the Democratic Party's election process was properly implemented, as attested by many precinct voters, party officers and spectators.
The state law on filling commissioner vacancies needs revision to avert a repeat of this episode.
But Republicans, until the law can be assessed and changed, should rescind their vote and give Valerie Woodard's constituents a voice.
District 3's representation
eliminated by GOP ploy
The outrageous vote by the Republican commissioners has denied representation to the citizens of District 3.
In this campaign season I'd expect elected officials to be more cognizant of the perils of such partisan shenanigans.
Neither cold nor dark kept
voters from enjoying process
I stood in line at the Cabarrus library for over 90 minutes to vote. The sun went down, but I didn't hear one person complain about the wait or the cold. Nobody left. I heard spirited conversations about our country and its future.
What a great experience. What a country!
In response to "Is now time for Mecklenburg to revalue?" (Oct. 27):
City-county lien on property
could ease pain of revaluation
For fairness, property revaluations should happen as often as possible. A perfect system would revalue annually, but cost makes this impractical.
Substantial inequity exists today because real estate values escalate at different paces neighborhood by neighborhood. Any revaluation will create burdens on some lower- and middle-income families.
I propose enabling these families to keep their 2008 tax base while allowing the city and county to place liens on their homes for the increase. The amount due would be payable when the property is sold.
Willard Gourley Jr.
Observer has no shortage
of its own ‘follies'
The mistakes collected in “Forum follies” (Oct. 27) were indeed funny. But in fairness you should look at the log in your own eye first.
In recent months the Observer's stories and headlines have increasingly contained grammatical and punctuation errors and – worst of all – just plain unintelligible writing.
Ill-founded criticism of Hayes
means he's on right track
Robin Hayes must be doing something right.
I haven't seen the bleeding hearts so riled up since I had the audacity to utter the name “Jesus” outside the church doors.
Steven J. Ellis
In response to “No need to back Obama to see ‘spreading wealth' is OK” (Oct 26 Forum):
U.S. doesn't need Obama
to provide opportunities
Obama's redistribution plan won't “open opportunities for the average person.” America provides the opportunity to succeed by initiative and effort.
In response to “Our choice; Barack Obama for president” (Oct. 26 editorial):
Big pictures for Obama,
small ones for McCain?
More important than your endorsement of Obama is the frequent disparity in size of your photos. For instance, your front page shows the Obama voter 73 percent larger than the McCain voter.
In response to “McColl gives to Myrick's opponent” (Oct. 26):
Myrick's principled stands:
Please, I can't take any more
Rep. Sue Myrick stands on her “strong principles” and votes against the first bank credit bill.
As a direct result of that bill's defeat, more than 10,000 Wachovia employees may lose their jobs.
Will any jobs be left in the Ninth District or America if Republicans continue to stand on their principles?
Obama would only push
for Congress' bad ideas
With Congress's approval rating standing at 14 percent – President Bush's is 25 percent – how can anyone possibly vote for Obama knowing he'll rubberstamp the Democrats' failed legislative policies?
Checks, balances at risk
when one party dominates
Much can be accomplished when one party dominates government, as during Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. But we've also seen what a lack of checks and balances created on Wall Street. How much power do we really want to give our next elected officials?