Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Voters deliver message on tax” (Nov. 5 Editorial):

Want sales tax to pass? Quit funding trollies and stadiums

Actually, the voters did say “stop” on Tuesday.

While teacher pay may be important, the tax is added to a larger tax burden committed, in part, to pay for sports stadiums, the trolley to nowhere, etc.

Voters have no confidence that the new tax will be spent as advertised.

Want to “restart”? Then quit funding “nice-to-haves.”

Dale W. Saville


GOP must focus on jobs, gridlock and not social issues

Yes, the Republicans won big Tuesday night, but hopefully they will not use this as a mandate to pursue their social agenda.

Instead, they should focus their efforts on job creation, improving the economy, making Washington work again, and securing our safety in a very dangerous world.

Patriots and statesmen would use this victory for the common good, not for political gains. To miss this opportunity will condemn the Republican party to defeat in 2016.

Bill Rice


Message is clear: GOP must return to its conservative roots

Much of the media and some Democratic operatives are warning the Republicans that this election does not give them a mandate to promote a conservative agenda.

Quite the opposite is true. This election – the rejection of President Obama and his policies – gives one last chance for the Republican Party to return to its conservative roots and reverse the progressive policies that have taken our liberties, increased dependency on government, and weakened our position in the world.

If not, the Republican Party will become fragmented, quite possibly resulting in a third party.

Don Reid


To win, Hagan, Democrats needed to show some courage

Sen. Kay Hagan lost after outspending Thom Tillis.

Her campaign cowered behind the skirts of women’s issues and teacher salaries instead of going to bat for President Obama and her successes with health care, the economy and improved jobless rate.

Democrats don’t need more money. They need courage and a little bit of smarts.

Albert So


In response to “Deputy Ann Clark to lead CMS” (Nov. 4):

Smile and look like you’re having fun? That’s ridiculous

It’s no wonder that CMS can’t find a suitable leader with a former board member who thinks important qualifications are “smile more, look like she’s having fun.”

Also, would a male candidate be expected to meet these requirements?

Sue Huffman


In response to “Morrison’s behavior questioned” (Nov. 5):

Mistake to let Morrison go; strong leaders ruffle feathers

The treatment of Heath Morrison by CMS, aided and abetted by the Observer, is a textbook case of character assassination.

Through innuendo and unnamed sources, CMS has lost a leader willing to challenge the status quo as represented by the entrenched bureaucracy.

Now the leadership will return to a long-time CMS employee who will know better than to ruffle any feathers, as a national superintendent of the year is shown the door.

Leading means sometimes hurting feelings, but adults come together for the good of the organization.

Where are the adults at CMS?

Steve Jones


In response to “Straight-ticket voting had benefits” (Nov. 4 Forum):

Voting is a privilege, give it

the attention it deserves

Though I, too, have voted straight-ticket at times, I welcome the necessity to consider each and every choice.

Once you get into the voting booth, it adds only minutes to the process. The line in which I stood for about an hour had chairs for those with physical limitations, and volunteers to help at every turn.

Rather than complain about the process, let’s be grateful for the relatively large voter turnout. We are beyond fortunate to have the privilege and responsibility of electing our leaders.

Susan Gindra


How much longer will it take to finish up on Hawthorne?

Which will occur first?

• Hawthorne Lane will reopen.

• The first Martian colony will be established.

It is outrageous how long the Hawthorne Lane construction has taken!

William Webb