Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Hagan, Burr reminded us that bipartisan work can be done

Senators Hagan and Burr have worked together to pass legislation to address the toxic water problem that has plagued our military families at Camp Lejeune for over 30 years. This was no easy accomplishment as it was ignored by our military for years even though people got sick and died from the chemically laden water.

This is the kind of bipartisan action that should be applauded, as it is so rare these days. They could teach a lesson to Senators McConnell and Reid, Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi, who are the poster children for what’s wrong in DC.

Keith Wilson


In response to “Judges hear arguments on N.C.’s new election rules” (Sept. 26) and other articles:

Better to delay N.C. voting law than

to let unjust changes happen

N.C. Sen. Paul Stam’s comments about the effect of reversing the new voting law is yet another hollow argument by the right wing.

If the law is delayed, then people will rightfully vote the way they always have. If the law is upheld, many unjust changes will occur, including the voter suppression plainly sought by the Republican legislature.

Tim Owen


Here’s what really needs to change with how we approach voting

No matter what the outcome of the court cases are, you can be sure that 18 percent of the registered voters will turn out to vote, but 80 percent of the registered voters will gripe about the outcome.

If you have the right to vote in a democracy, but find some pitiful excuse not to vote, then you really don’t deserve democracy.

Michael L. Ham


My strategy for eliminating ISIS terrorists: Offer a huge bounty

I would love to see all of the nations involved in attempts to eliminate ISIS employ the following strategy: Place a bounty – say $1,000 to $10,000 – for each ISIS member turned in dead or alive.

This would create a new threat to this ISIS bunch, and some of these cities they have simply rolled over may just take a stand for a little money.

To some of these tribesmen where the real ISIS movement is taking place, $1,000 is a huge amount of money.

Neal Norvell


Term ‘boots on the ground’ may be in vogue, but it’s demeaning to soldiers

I find the term “boots on the ground” demeaning to our men and women who serve.

They are more than a pair of boots. They are someone’s son or daughter, someone’s husband or wife, someone’s father or mother.

The term implies a disposability that denigrates these courageous people who defend our nation.

Brad Frazier

Iron Station

Still bothered by Clinton’s Benghazi comment; she lacked contrition

What still troubles me about Hillary Clinton’s arrogant remark about the murder of four Americans in Benghazi – “What difference does it make?” – is that it not only lacked empathy or contrition, but dismissed the lessons we all learned as children: Those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it.

At that point in time it would have been wise for Mrs. Clinton to say I should have been more vigilant, and that “an ounce of prevention would have been worth a pound of cure.”

These are lessons that must be learned by all of our current and future leaders.

Barry Marshall


In response to “I appreciate your sympathy; now let’s act on it” (Sept. 25 Opinion):

Support Nov. 4 referendum; it’s our turn to pay for the next generation

Recently I had the pleasure of hearing N.C. Teacher of the Year James E. Ford speak at West Charlotte’s Tuesday Breakfast Forum. What a treasure!

My mother, a school secretary and PTA president, and my father, an auto mechanic with an eighth-grade education, voted for school bonds or taxes.

“Others paid for our kids, so now it’s our turn to pay for the next generation,” they always told my brother and me.

That lesson rubbed off well on us.

Sheila Peltzer


U.S. flight attendants, air crews should take a hint from Korean Air

I recently returned from a trip to Asia utilizing Korean Air. I have never been more impressed by the crew’s discipline, razor-sharp uniforms, size, attention to detail, and an attitude that exhibited pride in what they were doing.

After this flight I am embarrassed by what our domestic carriers look like to our foreign guests.

I can’t help but believe that foreign air crews laugh at how we look. Surely we can do better.

Ronald L. Griffin

Indian Trail