Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

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

First step: end the cronyism; implement term limits now

Citizens first must press for change, and the first change toward solutions is to limit the terms for all congressional members.

Break up the cronyism, good old boy networks and favoritism that drives Washington today.

Jack Bennett


Solution offered by Snowe, Glickman smacks of hypocrisy

Olympia Snowe and Dan Glickman, two longtime political operatives in Washington who were part of the gridlock problem, now tell us the solution is for the people to speak out and get involved.

Yet when they do, like the tea party movement, they are attacked by the government (IRS) and vilified by both the print and electronic media.

Their solution is both nonsense and the height of hypocrisy.

John Petrie

Fort Mill

I blame Harry Reid for gridlock and dysfunction in Congress

The current dysfunction and gridlock results from the 372 bills passed in the House, many of them bipartisan, which have received no action in the Senate due to Majority Leader Harry Reid.

If the Senate would assume its responsibility to address this legislation, we could then go to joint conference to work out our differences.

When one side refuses to participate in the process, nothing can get accomplished.

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger


In response to “Panthers shouldn’t repeat Ravens’ mistake (Sept. 10 Editorial) and “Panthers owner has been silent too long” (Sept. 12):

Back off on Panthers player and let legal system do its job

Greg Hardy has denied guilt and is awaiting his constitutional right to a trial by jury.

Judge Becky Thorne Tin’s ruling in District Court is, for the moment at least, legally irrelevant.

Until the jury says otherwise, our legal system presumes Hardy’s innocence. So should Jerry Richardson and the Observer.

Paul Hefferon


In response to “Media focus too much on sports’ ills” (Sept. 11 Forum):

Beating someone unconscious is far from a ‘mole hill’

What kind of a cruel, heartless world has this become when insults, mean-spirited language and beating another person unconscious can be referred to as (bad) “taste” and a “mole hill”? God help us.

Christine Davis


In response to “An intellectual morning, then an emotional evening” (Sept. 11):

Richardson’s words ring hollow; suspend player now

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who has a player who was found guilty of committing domestic violence, tells all who will listen that he is against domestic violence and “worked hard to build an organization of integrity.”

If that is true, why is Richardson allowing a player to play and participate in games now? The player should be suspended indefinitely.

Jerry Richardson’s actions and words ring hollow, indicating he cares more about games and wins than about women who suffer and endure violence.

Randy G. Buford


In response to “Kerry gathers Middle East allies” (Sept. 12):

Pursue solution that would break Iraq into 3 states

There was an idea floating around some time ago suggesting that Iraq could be partitioned into three provinces with separate governments, similar to our states.

They would still be the Nation of Iraq, but each province would be governed by Sunni, Shia or Kurdish majorities.

The Kurds already are well on their way to having this as a working government.

If they still cannot manage to stop killing each other, let them split up into three new nations and be done with this abject failure that is Iraq.

William Reaves


In response to “CMS right about volunteer safety” (Sept. 11 Editorial):

Accepting parent passports

is a viable solution for CMS

When my son was at Shamrock Gardens Elementary, we saw the many benefits of a volunteer policy that focused on maximizing participation from parents of all backgrounds.

It is unfortunate to see the Observer support a minimalist approach to the challenge of parents without the documents that CMS requires to volunteer.

The information on a passport can be used for a criminal background check, an approach other school systems have successfully adopted.

Rather than throwing up their hands, CMS leaders need to keep pushing to find a better solution.

Pamela Grundy