Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Media put too much on pro sports’ ills

The media’s fascination with (and outrage over) the recent round of racially charged comments and domestic abuse cases in professional sports is getting boring. You can never legislate culture, class, and taste. It is what it is. A little less sensitivity from the liberal media, particularly over private matters, will keep from growing this mole hill into a mountain. Athletes are not role models anyway. They are overpaid and typically undereducated. We have unrealistic expectations of them being model citizens.

Bill Reading


In response to “Ravens release RB Rice” (Sept. 9):

Ray Rice video puts good spotlight on domestic violence

Perhaps the recent domestic violence by Ray Rice as repeatedly shown from a security camera will be the wake up call to prompt tougher laws against domestic violence. If a picture is worth a thousand words, this may well be the one that is worth more to stop this inhumane behavior.

Lorraine Stark


In response to “Panthers shouldn’t repeat Ravens’ mistake” (Sept. 10 Editorial):

Hardy deserves his day in court before Panthers act

Shame on the Observer for comparing the Greg Hardy case to Ray Rice. Rice has been litigated. The Hardy case may be worse when it is concluded, but we must allow the legal process to take place.

Yes, I am a Panthers fan. Yes, I’m angry at Hardy for his horrid actions. But, if he were an accountant for the Observer, would you demand he be suspended while his appeal is pending? The answer is no.

Thomas Cochran, Jr.

Charleston, S.C.

In response to “Thom Tillis did himself no favors with women during initial debate” (Sept. 8 Forum):

Give Tillis federal job if he has displeased you in state one

Those who do not like Thom Tillis’ record on public school funding should voice their displeasure by voting FOR him for U.S. Senate. That will banish him to Washington where budgets are never reduced.

Craig Fulton


In response to “Contract to cheat” (Sept. 7-11):

Companies at fault for hiring illegal workers, not Americans

I have frequently requested estimates from contractors for maintenance or remodeling projects and always ask if their employees are U.S. citizens, citing the facts that vets coming home from war cannot find jobs and the high rate of Americans applying for food stamps, etc. Other than a few individuals who do all the work themselves, I cannot find anyone who hires only Americans.

If individuals were more demanding about the legal status of who works on their property, maybe the playing field would be more level.

Steve Benson


Cheating on public-funded projects? That’s old news

The Observer series about cheating on publicly funded projects is not news.

Throw hundreds of billions of public money at people and many of them will steal with little worry about consequences. This is the long, sordid history of public works projects.

Find a similar program with minimal corruption and waste, if there ever has been one. That, indeed, would be newsworthy.

Phil Van Hoy


In response to “Why we won’t use ‘Redskins’” (Sept. 9 Editorial):

No more ‘Gringo’ ads; I’m offended by them

I don’t really care what teams choose to call themselves. What offends me is the political correctness we have in this country and this paper buys right into it. How about no more ads in your newspaper using the term “gringo”? Your “Go Gringo” advertisement in this past Saturday’s paper was offensive to me.

Larry Bunch


In response to “Obama to reveal anti-ISIS strategy” (Sept. 10):

Two compelling reasons for the U.S. to fight ISIS

There are two reasons why we must fight ISIS.

One: you know the old saying, if you break it you own it. Well, in Iraq, President George W. Bush broke it.

Two: ISIS is not only a threat to the Middle East; it’s a threat to the entire world. If they can, they’ll bring their brutality to us.

Robert M. Prowler