Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Wells, not fracking, blamed for contamination,” (Sept. 16):

I’m not buying leaky well shaft argument; fracking is the issue

Without fracking, there wouldn’t be the last 1,000 feet of sloppy wells to make a mess of the environment.

Saying that fracking is innocent is no more than declaring it wasn’t the failed parachute that killed the skydiver, but hitting the ground at 100 mph.

The only way to ensure the integrity of the environment is unlimited liability – with a minimum risk of, say, $10 billion.

William C. Barnes


In response to “Officer charged with assault of shackled man” (Sept. 13):

CMPD tone is set at the top; hold leaders accountable

While I believe it is prudent not to use a broad brush to paint an entire organization based solely on acts by select individuals, at some point we need to hold the leaders of CMPD accountable for the actions of their officers.

The deputy chief cited a need for more training. Perhaps.

At some point, though, it comes down to leadership and the tone being set at the top. Perhaps we need to take a harder look there.

Lindsey Houser


In response to “NFL player who disciplined son was being a father figure” (Sept. 17 Forum):

Beating of Peterson’s 4-year-old son crossed a line

Forum writer Trigg Cherry has it all wrong.

It is one thing to whip a child with a switch, it’s quite another when you whip a child so badly there is blood.

Police officers documented cuts and bruises to the child’s back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum.

No child should have open wounds from a beating.

If this is how you plan on disciplining your children, they will have my sympathy.

Sharon Sullivan


In response to “My trial shows the Panthers erred with Hardy” (Sept. 16 O-pinion blog):

Hasty judgment in Hardy case would only exacerbate issue

Thank you, Harold Cogdell, for sharing what must have been a very painful experience from your past.

The recent success of DNA testing in identifying wrongful convictions is justification of our need to uphold the “innocent until proven guilty” principle.

The only certainty in these cases is that some of the accused are innocent, and unfortunately we don’t always know who they are.

Ron Kretel


In response to “The ‘freedom’ to fire gay workers” (Sept. 17 Editorial):

Don’t put more obstacles in way of economic recovery

The statutes are clear, that Americans are well protected already. We should fully enforce current laws against discrimination.

I hear America’s cry for more jobs and a stronger economy, not more federal regulations added to the vast maze of federal regulations we have already.

That can only stifle the ability of entrepreneurs to create new businesses and new jobs.

It’s incredibly hard to operate or start a business already, and I don’t think America is begging for more obstacles to an economic recovery.

Where does it stop? Is the next regulation going to prohibit a layoff even during an economic downturn? Where does the government’s role in dictating our daily lives end?

That’s the debate we should be having.

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger


Pittenger’s stance on firing gay employees is shameful

Perhaps U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger could introduce a bill to make sure we have separate cemeteries for gays who have died in wars while protecting our freedoms, just as he wants to allow employers to deny employment to gay people.

Rep. Pittenger should be ashamed of himself.

Joseph Pepe


In response to “Kerry: U.S. open to talks with Iran” (Sept. 16):

U.S. shouldn’t negotiate with the real No. 1 threat – Iran

I thought the United States didn’t negotiate with terrorists.

President Obama has proclaimed that ISIS is the No. 1 threat to this country.

Sadly, he is wrong again.

The real No. 1 threat is Iran developing nuclear weapons! It is a game-changer which would destabilize the Middle East and start a nuclear arms race in the region.

And this president has done nothing to stifle Iran’s nuclear program.

Herb Corday