In response to “Cannon sentenced to 44 months in federal prison” (Oct. 14 CharlotteObserver.com):
Cannon violated public trust; prison sentence too lenient
The citizens of Charlotte should have no sympathy for former Mayor Patrick Cannon.
His sentence for taking bribes and violating his position of public trust is too lenient.
But for the FBI investigation, he would have continued to sully the reputation of Charlotte with his corrupt and deceptive activities.
Sure looks to me like white-collar crime does pay
The light sentence Patrick Cannon received is a slap in the face to all Charlotteans.
Bankers who caused the recession never received more than a slap on the hand, light fines, and no jail time.
Enron officials got light sentences and light fines after reaping tens of billions.
Who says that crime does not pay? Sure seems like it does to me.
In response to “The lesson of the Ebola outbreak” (Oct. 14 Editorial):
Obama decision on travel restrictions puts U.S. at peril
The mere scanning of arriving passengers for fever symptoms at a few select airports is no prudent way to protect us.
Last I heard, the deadly Ebola virus is carried for up to 21 days before an infected person even begins to exhibit a fever.
President Obama is flat wrong to continue to allow persons from those nations in peril to deplane in the states.
The Observer should have engaged in just a little critical thinking before tossing unwarranted praise upon Obama and his minions.
In response to “Given locals’ track record, watch sales tax money closely” (Oct. 14 Forum):
I don’t trust that teachers will see a dime of sales tax money
It should be the responsibility of state legislatures to give teachers a raise, not the county.
Teachers will never see the money from this “nonbinding” resolution. It is yet another hoax.
Remember the N.C. Education Lottery?
In response to “Activist judges shouldn’t be able to trump voters’ will” (Oct. 14 Forum):
Amendment One should have never been on N.C. ballot
The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution clearly directs that no state shall “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Clearly, the right to marry falls within the auspices of this Amendment.
Those against gay marriage would be better served by directing their ire against state legislators who allowed Amendment One on the ballot in the first place since it obviously attempts to take precedence over the U.S. Constitution.
In response to “I didn’t think this day would come” (Oct. 14):
So glad to see celebrations
of joy on the front page
I love it when the front page displays a gay wedding photo.
It’s not news about nuclear destruction or bombing villages. It’s not news about a terrifying West African disease that spreads and kills. It’s not news about pseudo-religious maniacs who torture and kill people who won’t subscribe to their brand of religious fanaticism.
It’s just people who love each other getting married. What a relief! Maybe soon it won’t even be news, and I’ll miss it.
If it’s boots on ground you want, reinstate the draft
With all the talk of “boots on the ground,” it is now time to activate the national draft.
Our state National Guard units were for homeland emergencies. Instead they have been front-line troops on foreign soil, serving tour after tour, with thousands dead and even more left with crippling injuries.
It is now time for a more level playing field. This would put a different slant on “boots on the ground” for our war-mongering elected officials and arm-chair generals.
I see many benefits to CVS’s new policy on cigarettes
I noticed something different at CVS – the checkout wall is less cluttered. The store associate said it was because they’ve stopped selling cigarettes.
Thank you, CVS, for a refreshing policy that supports health promotion.
These policies do work and can result in more years for those who are so precious to us.