Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

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

I’m Lumbee and don’t mind ‘Redskins’

I am 74 years old, Lumbee Indian, and I am very proud of being called “redskin.” I have been called and use the term “redskin” all my life. I resent you calling it a slur. I along with over 90 percent of the American Indians have no problem with the word. We never asked and do not want you speaking for us, thank you.

If you want to do anything for the Lumbees, mount a campaign for Congress to pass legislation to give federal recognition for our tribe. To us this is something worthwhile.

Tracy Strickland


In response to “ ‘Firmly against domestic violence’ ” (Sept. 11):

Quick to judge? Hardy has already been judged guilty

Mr. Richardson, your team of integrity is continuing to employ an individual who was convicted of domestic violence. No one is being too quick to judge. That has already been done in a court of law. If you are firmly against domestic violence, then it’s time for your actions to follow your words. Don’t wait for the NFL to do something. The score in this game is Greg Hardy $13 million, Domestic Violence 0.

Mary Gaertner


Richardson should show he’s against domestic violence

Jerry Richardson says he is against domestic violence, plain and simple. Then he should do the right thing. Suspend Greg Hardy. Plain and simple.

Carol Fite

Lexington, N.C.

In response to “Obama to expand ISIS strikes” (Sept. 11):

Let other countries pay for defending against ISIS

The U.S. should not spend another dollar defending Middle Eastern countries from ISIS. Fighting any “immediate” threat to the area should be funded by Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE Oman, Qatar, Egypt and others. Let these countries pay the U.S. for our “aid” to counter these terrorists either with hard dollars or oil. They have got to get some “skin in the game.” Otherwise, let them pay the ultimate price.

Ed Carlson


In response to “How Obamacare jams a stick in my company’s wheels” (Sept. 11 For the Record):

Health care costs were rising long before Obamacare

Is there anyone left with a memory longer than 15 seconds?! The stick is not “Obamacare,” but health-care costs that have been rising for more than 15 years, long before “Obamacare.” “Obamacare” was the solution put forward by the health-care industry, insurance companies, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and conservative Republicans. Obamacare-Romneycare might not be the solution, but it fails as a political litmus test. If you’re needing clarity, then voting for Republicans who were for Obamacare before they were against it makes little sense.

Wayne Swofford


In response to “Cheating on public-funded projects? That’s old news” (Sept. 11 Forum):

Construction industry cheating involves private dollars, too

Letter writer Phil Van Hoy attributes construction industry cheating only to publicly funded projects, implying “big government” is to blame. While The Observer series focuses on public works, billions of private dollars and livelihoods are also at stake – just ask honest contractors including those whose work isn’t big public projects. The takeaway from the series shouldn’t be, as Van Hoy implies, that fewer big public works projects is the answer; it should instead be more oversight would create at least a modicum of fairness to all involved, including the public.

Mary F. Englebert


The government had reason to turn a blind eye to cheating

I think the government knew what it was doing when it turned a blind eye to construction companies cheating the system. The money from the government was stimulus money. If the government provided a billion dollars to stimulate the economy it didn’t want 25 percent of it coming back in taxes. They wanted that money to go to hiring more workers, buying more equipment, etc.

Peter McLean

Rock Hill