Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Gun violence greater issue than terrorism

Last week, we rightly honored and remembered 2,977 Americans we tragically lost in the 9/11 attacks.

Perhaps for the rest of September, we might also be mindful that since 2001 we have lost approximately ten times that number to gun violence in our great nation – each and every year!

Americans may differ on the cause(s) of that carnage, and what can be done to prevent it. But we are damned fools if we fail to acknowledge that what we are doing to ourselves is far more lethal than what any terrorist has been able to accomplish.

Mike Daisley


In response to “How to fix Congress?” (Sept. 12):

Small gene pools cause problems; new blood needed in Congress

Even our presidents are limited to two terms.

Why, if “renewal” is so prevalent in so many areas of life, do we allow stagnation in representation?

Perhaps with such renewal we would see compromise for our country rather than working only for that which our greatest president warned us about in his second farewell address – political parties!

Coy Powell


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

If insurers, providers cooperate Affordable Care Act will reduce costs

The writer is a certified employee benefit specialist.

One of the reasons Rodney Pitts has seen a 44 percent increase in his costs over the past three years is that hospitals have increased the cost of nearly everything to insured parties to cover the cost of the uninsured.

As a nation, we are spending what we did before, but we are spreading that cost across a broader swathe of the population.

If the insurers and providers cooperate, the ACA should eventually lower the cost of healthcare per procedure, per person, and thus lower premiums.

Meanwhile, Mr. Pitts may wish to adopt a Section 125 Cafeteria Plan. Its flexibility and tax advantages might get that stick out of his company’s wheels.

Martha L. Catt


In response to “Richardson still has time to get it right” (Sept. 12 Sports):

Stop the media feeding frenzy; let legal process play out for Hardy

Scott Fowler’s call for the Panthers to “do something” is shameful piling on.

The Panthers’ organization has repeatedly said they would act after Greg Hardy’s trial.

Give it a rest until then, and fill the Observer pages with domestic abuse stories about people who don’t make $13 million a year. Their victims need the support much more than Nicole Holder.

Harry Norton


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

Time for courts to end corrupt practices that fleece taxpayers

Reading the Observer the past several weeks profoundly suggests that “crime does pay,” in fact handsomely.

Whether it be mortgage fraud or contractor fraud, no one is ever held accountable.

Until the justice system does its job, the U.S. taxpayer will be relentlessly fleeced by these corrupt practices.

The perpetrators are taking these ill-gotten gains and retiring very nicely as society is left with the enormous price tag.

When will do we something to dissuade these egregious crimes?

Marcus Hicks


Hypocrisy of those hefty exec salaries keeps jumping out at me

Big companies with big executive pay, chant the mantra that: a.) they must pay competitive compensation to attract talent, and b.) the executives have unique skills that justify a million plus per year.

So unique and talented that Carolinas Healthcare can simply divide up the tasks and farm them out to others.

So unique and talented that Bank of America has paid over $60 billion trying to recover from Ken Lewis ramming through the decision to buy Countrywide with limited due diligence.

So special that Wachovia is now Wells Fargo after buying Golden West.

David Basri