Observer Forum: Letters to editor

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?

Jim Champion


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?

Jeff Buchanan


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?

Richard Dale


In response to “State should correct straight-ticket fiction” (Oct. 29 editorial):

Straight-ticket idiosyncrasy

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?

John Blakely


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.

Ted Lucas


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.

Johnnie Collins


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.

Dave Lord


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!

Margaret Railey


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.

Judy Lane


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.

Charles McKissick


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.

Cliff Rowden


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?

Lawrence Raymer


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?

Robert Adler



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?

Heather Metzler