Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

‘No strategy’ comment not the type of transparency we need

President Obama crossed one of those self-made “lines in the sand” announcing that we have no strategy in regards to ISIS.

Americans really don’t want to hear this, and it points up his weak approach to such troubling events.

Please Mr. President, it’s OK to not be so transparent. We need a more positive approach to solving this dangerous situation.

Herb Stark


In response to “Sen. Hagan no voice of moderation, she needs to go” (Sept. 3 Forum):

I see Harry Potter’s Voldemort lurking in Hagan, Tillis race

“Blood child”? “Orphan”? “Overlord”? That sounds like something straight out of the Harry Potter series.

Of course any Harry Potter fan knows that the greatest threat actually comes from the dark lord, Thom Riddle.

Arnie Grieves


In response to “The enduring significance of Anita Hill” (Sept. 2 Opinion):

Anita Hill’s testimony spurred women to vote, seek office

Anita Hill’s scurrilous treatment by the all-white male Senate Judiciary Committee inspired me and thousands of women across the country to become involved in the political scene at the federal, state and local level.

But for the small group of women in the House of Representatives, led by Rep. Pat Schroeder who insisted that Anita Hill be allowed to testify at the hearings in 1991, the number of women in elected office today would likely still be minuscule.

Our numbers have grown because when women vote, women win.

Jill Dinwiddie


Taxpayers getting duped by inversions like Burger King’s

We are dupes. We pay taxes to subsidize Burger King workers who are paid sub-living wages, while the owners and stockholders of Burger King gather wealth.

Now they will become a Canadian company to pay less taxes.

How much Burger King stock must I own so the dividends cancel out the taxes I pay that subsidize the sub-paid workers?

Richard Greene


Hypocrisy abounds in N.C. complaints about inversions

Every experienced driver traveling the Southeast coast knows gas is cheaper in South Carolina and Virginia than in North Carolina. They top off prior to traveling through our state, thus providing greater revenue to our neighbors.

We in the Tar Heel state don’t seem to worry because we don’t lower our taxes to attract more drivers to help pay for the roads that they use.

So why would any Tar Heel be unhappy with Burger King, or Chiquita, or any other company seeking lower taxes and using our national resources?

David Gerard


In response to “Police to step up patrols where 2 students struck” (Aug. 29 CharlotteObserver.com):

Students must resist urge to dart across unsafe roads

I am a seventh grader who rides the bus most days. In the evening when I get off I have to cross a road that is not safe at all.

It is important for me and so many other kids to understand the dangers of the road. I find it is sometimes harder than expected to avoid the urge to run across when a car is a good distance away.

Kids have to discipline themselves to make sure there are no cars in sight before they cross.

Carmen Allison


Three cheers for Yard Art Day, the woman who created it

As a Yard Art Day participant, I commend Deborah Triplett for organizing this innovative event.

Her vision of an open-ended opportunity to create and share art is a perfect counterpoint to the restrictive and competitive events that dominate so much of the art world today.

We are fortunate to have such a great grassroots organizer and artist working in our community.

Mark I. West


In response to “A mother's memoir of loss and mourning” (Aug. 30):

In these difficult days, shared humanity worth noting

In our culture of extreme politics and threats around the world, it often seems that we have forgotten we all share humanity, pains and joys.

Anna Whiston-Donaldson's story of grief over her son’s death should remind us that we are here together.

To Anna: Thank you for sharing and writing about your experience. Thanks to the Observer for printing such an important and moving story.

Ruffin Reynolds