Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

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

I’ve seen North Carolina’s future here in Alabama

We are Charlotteans who moved to Alabama one year ago and sadly have observed all your points and their devastating results. Indeed, mid-management and higher jobs have disappeared as have options to vote moderately. A physician rules the governor’s office, denying health insurance for so many poor.

Thank you for pointing out the unfortunate direction North Carolina is heading. N.C. voters can still correct North Carolina’s decline, unlike Alabama’s voters who have enabled Alabama’s ranking at the bottom on quality of life, education and infrastructure.

It’s too late for Alabama; North Carolina can be saved.

Sharon McKnight


In response to “Pittenger defends stands on gay firings” (Sept. 18):

Republicans, not regulation, impede economic recovery

Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger believes non-discrimination in the workplace is just proof of too much regulation.

Regulation, he says, is harming businesses and recovery. The true obstacles are Republicans like Pittenger refusing to vote on any legislation designed for recovery. Are corporations in economic trouble? Banks who created it? Of course not. They are well-protected by Republicans. We see this same pattern in our own N.C. Republican majority legislature led by Thom Tillis.

Beverly Tatum


The public shares in the blame for the state of pro football

The football viewing public is as responsible as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for the current state of pro football and all of football. We are the crowd that watches the blood sport, and the only difference from the “games” once in the Roman Coliseum is the mortality rate. Yet we imbue the carnage with religion and nationalism.

Really, we should expect less of gladiators and Emperor Goodell. After all, we and big business give the thumbs up or down in the contest.

Joe Mattiacci


In response to “Festival in the Park’s historic roots reach deep” (Sept. 21):

Let’s remember and appreciate the father of the Festival

Festival in the Park is really a jewel in Charlotte’s crown. It’s a wonderful creative venue for artists to express their talents. This is the 50th year Freedom Park celebrates this fall connection. Grant Whitney, the Godfather of Festival in the Park, should be remembered and thanked.

H.A. Thompson


In response to “Tax and spend only leads to bigger, inefficient government” (Sept. 21 Forum):

Both Democrats, Republicans spend, but who pays?

Your correspondent who dragged out the old Republican mantra about “tax and spend” should pay attention to history, although most don’t. It’s true that the Democrats will spend when it comes to necessary programs, but to pay for it the need for taxes is obvious. The difference between the two parties is that the Republicans won’t hesitate to spend but hate taxes; they need lessons in economics.

Robert M. Prowler


In response to “Transportation plan is thoughtful” (Sept. 22 Our View):

Governor’s transportation plan shortchanges his hometown

I agree, Gov. McCrory’s planned $1 billion spending on rural roads is thoughtful. With 2016 looming, his thought is that he’d better throw a bone to rural North Carolinians who are the GOP’s base.

The uncomfortable truth is that rural areas in every state are emptying out. Jobs are flowing to cities.

Want to generate even more jobs? Fix Charlotte’s roads and stop building roads to nowhere.

Davis Thompson


In response to: “Gold Line is worth the transit future it would bring” (Sept. 21 Feedback):

There’s a reason streetcar

was abandoned long ago

In 1938 the city celebrated when the streetcar lines were closed, being replaced by buses. The reason was simple: buses are much cheaper to install and operate than streetcars. This is still true today, and is the main reason why CATS will not touch the Gold Line.

We could buy 10 new buses for about $5 million, put them along this route, let everyone ride for FREE and still be way ahead.

Nelson Furman