Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Charlotte to study ‘pay as you throw’” (Aug. 22):

What could possibly go wrong with this?

One would be hard-pressed to conceive a more convoluted way to encourage recycling. The city will have to create a system to be sure that only the “special bags” are being loaded into the back of the truck and then somehow track, follow-up and bring non-compliers to justice. That won’t cost much, right?

A sensible solution to carry recycling to its optimum level would be a professionally run education program via all media, to make all households conscious of recycling and its benefits. C’mon Charlotte, let’s let common sense prevail. The system isn’t broken, not yet anyway.

John Walsh


Here’s a better way to encourage recycling

This sounds like a good idea. But because there is money involved, citizens will get more creative about how and where to dispose of trash. Maybe pay people to recycle. Now that would get people to cut what they send to the landfill.

Virginia Klinkman


In response to “I’m a cop. Don’t challenge me” (Aug. 20 Viewpoint):

This officer’s rules are precisely why they’re feared

While Sunil Dutta’s column hit on some valid points, his “bottom line” lays bare one of the main reasons Ferguson residents question police motives and reactions to the Michael Brown shooting.

Dutta, a 17-year veteran cop with a PhD, states flat out that, should you or I choose to vocally object in any way when he stops us, he may just shoot us. His position is that we should simply shut up and comply with any cop’s orders, regardless of their validity.

Yes, it is true that most policemen are honorable. But I hope police departments take the opportunity to point out to their officers that Mr. Dutta’s “bottom line” embraces an arrogant view of authority, and is not the position of their departments.

David Williams

Columbia, S.C.

This is the only response that will get ISIS’s attention

ISIS is a new, more virulent strain of radical Islam, more terrifying and irrational than the Taliban or al-Qaida. They’ve just beheaded an American journalist and threaten to kill anyone who disagrees with them. How to stop them? Only one way, unfortunately. Use a force greater than themselves to not just repel them but destroy them altogether. It’s the only thing they understand and expect.

Jon Schuller


Those so-called fines are really just a secret tax on all of us

Has anybody else figured out that the feds have found a new way to tax us without making it look like a tax? How about all these massive fines on the big banks and big industries? Billions of dollars.

It’s eventually a tax on consumers because have you ever heard of one of those biggies not passing on any and all cost increases they get to their customers? Wonderful revenue stream don’t you think?

Murray Coulter


In response to “Icahn: Board is too loyal” (Aug. 20):

Hmmm, whom to support, Icahn or the Levines?

As I understand it, the Levines have built a company worth billions from little. The company employs thousands, makes a profit and has been socially responsible in the Charlotte area.

Carl Icahn is a rich guy who doesn’t build, manage or sell a product. He buys a stock, criticizes the management, gets lots of publicity and sooner or later the company is sold and he makes a bundle while people lose their jobs.

Bill Beller


In response to “Howard Levine rescues field trips” (Aug. 21):

Thank you, Levines, for your unending generosity

Every time I see that the Levine family has stepped up to fill a gap, whether it be in education, health care or the arts, I am overwhelmed by their generosity. Their grants are meaningfully considered and often require a local match to encourage other donors. Their commitment is beyond measure in the number of lives saved, children educated and arts available to all. Thank you, Levine Family.

Carla DuPuy