Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Become Alabama in 12 easy steps” (Sept. 18 Editorial):

‘Tax and spend’ only leads to bigger, inefficient government

I suppose the Observer editorial board would be happier if North Carolina became California in “3 easy steps”: Tax and spend. Tax and spend. Tax and spend.

Once again you fall on the side of more and more taxes, and bigger and more inefficient government.

Just what North Carolina needs.

Don Seitz


Though I seldom agree, I’m with you on Alabama editorial

Many times I disagree with “Our View” editorials. However, “Become Alabama in 12 easy steps” is correct.

We cannot cut sources of revenue – taxes – and hope to have the amenities we so desire.

Everyone must pay their fair share. What is our “fair” share? Whatever income we receive, from whatever source after legitimate deductions, is taxable. This includes the wealthy.

Katherine Moyle


In response to “McCrory wants to borrow for roads” (Sept. 18):

Stop trying to win rural votes; focus first on urban roads

Incredible vision or looking backwards to win rural votes?

Republicans point their fingers at the past and say the reason we must have double taxation in the form of tolls in Charlotte is because the Democrats robbed the urban centers to build all the empty roads in the east.

Urban centers need efficient infrastructure to remain healthy! Use our urban money on our urban roads first! No tolls!

Vince Winegardner


Bush got U.S. off to good start in Iraq; Obama ruined that

Winston Churchill called WWII “The Unnecessary War” because the allies did not strike when Germany was weak.

Bill Clinton’s weak response against Islamic terrorists earned us the title of “the paper tiger.”

George W. Bush beat terrorism and gave Iraq the opportunity to be the lead in bringing peace to the Middle East.

President Obama negated that success. The result: another “Unnecessary War.” History not learned.

Ed Mesko


In response to “Seems gay community wants special consideration” (Sept. 18 Forum):

Examples of job discrimination against gays abound

Forum writer Dick Meyer doubts there are “any examples at all” of his fellow Americans being fired “just because they’re gay.”

A brief Internet search brings up numerous specific examples.

The Department of Justice stated in a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court that there is a “long and significant history of purposeful discrimination” against gay and lesbian workers by both government and private employers. Numerous state governments also have made similar findings, as have many academic studies.

To assert there is no workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation is to willfully ignore the evidence.

James Bolin


Tillis ads don’t tell tell whole truth on N.C. teacher raises

Thom Tillis says he has given teachers a 7 percent raise.

Truth is, he has given some teachers a 7 percent raise, and more experienced teachers a 0.3 percent raise.

Let’s say you’re a 52-year-old college graduate who has been successful in your career, as these teachers have. Your boss says you will receive an 0.3 percent raise each year.

Tillis says this is fair. Does it seem that way to you?

Tom B. Turpin


Let’s start fining candidates who stretch the truth

A law I’d like to see on the books: If you are a politician, any statement you make about your opponent, televised or not, must be true or capable of being proven completely true.

If it’s not, the politician shall be fined $5,000 per ad. Perhaps this way we’ll finally find out who is telling the truth.

Fernando S. Leiva


In response to “Troubles continue for Seminoles QB Winston” (Sept. 18 Sports):

Colleges and NFL ignore warning signs along the way

Guys like Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston get catered to from grade school through college, allowed to get away with almost anything, and then NFL teams grab them.

Even when psychological profiles tell them to stay away from certain players, they sign them anyway. The chickens have come home to roost.

Xenophon Koinis