Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

New citizens eager to vote; renew same-day registration

Last week I had the opportunity to volunteer at a naturalization ceremony helping new citizens complete a voter registration form.

Many of these new citizens (there were 79 women and men from 42 different countries) asked me with hope in their eyes if they could vote next month.

I told them that I was sorry, but there is no same-day registration this year.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Tom Murdock


In response to Our View “For U.S. Senate, disappointment vs. danger” (Oct. 26 Editorial):

Both parties have gone off the rails. We need centrists now!

Thank you for an honest and balanced assessment of the candidates. It is a shame that so much money has been wasted on such poor fodder.

Both parties appear to have gone off the rails, driven by an electorate that has proven itself too lazy to learn, too lazy to think clearly, and suckers for negative, simplistic advertising.

For more than 30 years we’ve needed the real leaders to form a new party of the center but those leaders have abandoned us, probably in disgust.

Wayne Swofford


In response to “Freedom not to marry gays? Then where would it end?” (Oct. 28 Forum):

Magistrates have a right to follow their conscience

Though there is not enough space to address the faulty theology in this letter, as Christians we are commanded to love, which sometimes takes the form of confronting a wrong just as Jesus, Peter and Paul did.

Because we desire to see all who love Jesus – gay or straight – enter heaven, we stand against anything that would condemn someone to a godless eternity.

And insisting on the right to marry while taking away a magistrate’s right to follow their conscience – I’d call that hypocrisy.

Jill Wagner


In response to “Officials quit over marriage rulings” (Oct. 26):

Good riddance to those who won’t uphold oath of office

If all these “holier than thou” N.C. magistrates feel their Christian beliefs are being compromised and they’re being forced to resign rather than uphold the law regarding same-sex marriage, then please don’t slam the door on your way out.

This is a legal and citizens’ rights issue, which these magistrates should be upholding based on their oaths of office.

Good riddance, hypocrites!

Bob Giliberti

Indian Land, S.C.

In response to “GOP candidates straddle the climate change issue” (Oct. 25):

Know where candidates stand on new EPA carbon standards

The writer is Deputy Director of Clear Air Carolina.

While many GOP candidates are quick to admit they “don’t know the science behind climate change,” the fact is that scientific consensus is very clear.

At the recent United Nations Climate Summit an unprecedented number of world leaders agreed that climate change is a defining issue of our time and that bold action is needed to reduce emissions and build resilience.

The EPA has proposed new carbon standards on power plants. Voters should insist that candidates state their position on this issue.

Ernie McLaney


In response to “Do we really have clean, dependable water?” (Oct. 28 Viewpoint):

Culture of pollution in N.C. indicates backward policy

I come from a country where recreational water reservoirs are way better protected from human use than the Catawba River.

As River Keepers explained, there is a culture of pollution here in North Carolina. It indicates backwards policy.

It also creates a culture that forces this internationally renowned metropolitan area to rely on activists and the lawsuits they bring to create awareness of how poorly we regulate and treat our bodies of water – and how acutely dangerous it is for human health.

It is seriously time for the elected, environmental, and health officials to catch up with the rest of the world.

Karin Lukas-Cox


In response to “Holding memories for Aunt Millie” (Oct. 30 Viewpoint):

Pitts’ words about memory loss truly touched my heart

I know the aching horror of “the long goodbye.”

I love words. I love to collect them and arrange them on canvas in such ways that provoke thought and laughter. Yet when I hope to use them to portray the depth of this disease, my precious words tumble to the ground to crack and splinter.

Leonard Pitts, however, seems to have pieced together a message as touching as it is beautiful.

Jordan Cox