Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Hey senators, N.C. also has a busy port

U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan are co-sponsoring a bill that would designate U.S. 64 and U.S. 17 between Raleigh and Norfolk, Va., as a future interstate highway.

In doing so, they cited the need to improve access between Raleigh and “the busy port of Hampton Roads.”

This is great news for eastern North Carolina, not to mention the port of another state, but a similar effort is needed for U.S. 74 between our state’s largest city and its largest port.

I have written to each senator asking about the prospects of a bill designating U.S. 74 as an interstate highway along our southern border. Surprisingly, neither has responded.

Tracy M. Hamm


Americans who support ISIS

should be treated as traitors

Treason (noun): The betrayal of one’s own country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposefully acting to aid its enemies.

Americans who support ISIS and al-Qaeda should be tried for treason.

Pending trial, their passports should be confiscated.

Dan Laurent


Lots of questions about who’s funding ISIL, but few answers

Watching the Pentagon briefing Tuesday, the general kept repeating that ISIL is very well funded.

As a Vietnam War veteran I know that you cannot mount or sustain any war without funding and a supply line.

I understand we’re bombing ISIL’s supply line, but what’s being done about their funding? Who’s funding them, and why can’t we cut it off? If their funding is from oil, who is buying it?

We need answers.

Michael L. Moore


In response to “Hagan’s impact muted by stalemate” (Sept. 21):

Article on Sen. Hagan read

like an endorsement to me

Sunday’s front page article on Sen. Kay Hagan was a blatant endorsement and belonged on the editorial page.

The Observer has vilified attempts by the governor and the N.C. legislature to bring fiscal sanity to the state.

Robert Connery


In response to “These ads don’t add up” (Sept. 23 Viewpoint):

Ad money would be better spent educating N.C. students

Ned Barnett suggests contributions to teachers’ pensions, health funds and salary adjustments do not directly affect students’ school experience.

How convenient for his argument that he defines a student’s school experience without reference to the very educators who are tasked with being their learner leaders.

Talk about fuzzy calculations! That attitude has contributed to the mass exodus of educators from our state.

Perhaps Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan will stop flooding our airways with silly ads designed to advance their careers and simply contribute the millions to the education of our students.

I won’t hold my breath.

Doug Danner


In response to “CMS aims to help students start well” (Sept. 22):

Want more takers? Offer a better breakfast to all

The writer is a CMS student.

A lot of students would rather skip breakfast than eat a soggy, flattened “muffin.”

With a more appealing breakfast selection, like that being tested in the three elementary schools, students might actually want to eat at school.

Instituting a better breakfast program district-wide would allow all to enjoy the benefits of an appealing school breakfast program.

Noah Farnsworth


Nagging issues remain in

CMS free breakfast program

To me, a low participation rate in the free breakfast program just means most parents prefer to feed their kids at home where they can choose the meal and see what is eaten.

And, do parents who feed at home have a way to tell the school not to feed their kids a second breakfast?

If not, these kids could be tempted to eat a second “dessert” breakfast consisting of, say, chocolate milk, fruit juice and a muffin – all listed menu items.

We would just be helping to fatten these kids up some more.

Blair Smith