Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “N.C. State fans reflect poorly on school” (Sept. 30 Forum):

Florida State, not NCSU, should be ashamed about behavior

At the game it was obvious that FSU players were faking injuries to slow down N.C. State’s hurry-up offense.

Their “injuries” were almost always on defense after a big gain by State’s offense. Players would go to the sideline, receive no treatment, and return after a play or two.

I think players should be forced to sit out several plays after forcing an injury timeout.

Robert Hardin


In response to “Still bothered by Clinton’s Benghazi comment; she lacked contrition” (Sept. 29 Forum):

Ill-informed take Clinton’s comment out of context

Forum writer Barry Marshall could have been relieved of his obvious disdain had he taken notice that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s comment “What difference does it make?” was referring to whether the terrorist attack was spontaneous or premeditated, not on the loss of the four Americans.

Such wrongheadedness usually comes to those who watch Fox News, listen to Rush Limbaugh and read Glenn Beck’s books.

Jerry Walden

Rock Hill

Obama makes bad decisions, doesn’t accept responsibility

President Obama brazenly blamed National Intelligence Director James Clapper for underestimating the seriousness of the threat from ISIS.

Yet, there is video of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, then-director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, testifying to Congress in February that ISIS was a serious threat.

Obama also ignored prior warnings. We all remember him calling these terrorists “JV.”

Sadly our president appears to be “JV” or arrogant, since he ignored his intelligence people.

He must think we’re stupid, forgetful, or both.

Joyce McLaren


In response to “State Board of Elections launches inquiry” (Sept. 30):

AFP should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law

Every North Carolinian, regardless of political affiliation, should be outraged that any group would disseminate erroneous voting information to thousands of people.

It’s a blatant attempt to disenfranchise voters and sway the election.

Americans for Prosperity should be forced to resend the correct information to every single voter via overnight mail, and they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for election fraud.

Tracy Harrison


Glad to see Eric Holder go, never liked his activist ways

Attorney General Eric Holder says he wanted to be an activist AG and fight for voter rights.

The attorney general is bound by the law. His personal feelings should not enter into his decisions.

There is no federal right stating a citizen has a right to vote; each state adopts laws governing voter rights. It’s a patchwork of laws from sea-to-sea, but that’s the system as it exists.

I, for one, am not sorry to see him leave.

Tony Capranica


In response to “Tillis’ drive steered legislature to the right” (Sept. 28):

I’ve seen GOP plan play out in other states; no happy ending

As someone who has lived and voted in three different countries, I think that I am fairly capable of assessing the current crop of aspiring legislators.

Let me assure you that I witnessed the likes of the GOP, the Kochs, Art Pope, Gov. Pat McCrory, Bob Rucho, Thom Tillis, et al, by other names, with the same full myopic idealism and disregard for basic humanity.

It did not end well.

George Snodgrass


In response to “New atheist-led group wants community without dogma” (Sept. 29):

Don’t think taxpayer money should help fund atheist group

Looks to me like the Sunday Assembly Charlotte gathering is just another club.

About them wanting nonprofit status from the IRS... My money still says “In God We Trust.”

Steve Lamb


Glad Charlotte group found way to establish community

Kudos to Sunday Assembly Charlotte for finding a way to establish the community of “church” in a non-traditional way.

On the Sundays when you don’t meet, you are all invited to attend a Unitarian Universalist church in your area.

If you’re a pagan, Christian, tree-hugging, Buddhist, atheist, Hindu, earth-loving free-thinker, you’re welcome! No dogma necessary.

Richard Anderson