Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Immigration order debated” (Nov. 22):

Advice for GOP on immigration

If the Republican Congress wants to take a principled approach to immigration, they should all refuse lunch with lobbyists in any D.C. restaurant before checking the IDs of all the dishwashers.

Nor should they eat any fruit or vegetable picked, or chicken plucked, by an immigrant.

They should decline free rounds of golf on any course maintained by illegal immigrants and decline proceeds of any fundraising banquet where servers are present without at least a green card.

Ed Hinson


All Obama has to do is say

he will seal the U.S. border

In dealing with Putin, China, Iran, Hamas, and others President Obama is often willing to allow concessions. But he is not willing to give any concessions to the Republican-controlled House.

If Obama really wanted to negotiate, all he’d have to do is say that he will seal the border, which would put the ball in the GOP’s court.

Xenophon J. Koinis


Obstructionist tactics are sealing Republican Party’s fate

Rest in peace, GOP. The party is clinging for life to its insane statements and 19th Century wannabes.

The train that left the station years ago now has no engineer, no route, no name and runs on tracks never before imagined by Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr.

The demise of the party will culminate in November 2016. Mark my words.

Jon Schuller


Pipeline jobs are temporary; pollution would be permanent

Seeing the Senate reject the Keystone XL gives me hope that the public will open its eyes to more of the cons, and not just the pros.

This much pollution could severely damage the environment if the pipeline bursts.

Most jobs the pipeline creates are simply illusions, temporary jobs in construction.

People say they know most things about this pipeline, yet a Washington Post-ABC News poll in May found that 65 percent of Americans think it should be built.

Anna Hallihan


Keystone XL pipeline is lesser of two environmental evils

Consider some Keystone XL pipeline facts: Currently Bakken formation light crude (Montana and North Dakota) mostly travels by rail and will continue to do so if the Keystone XL is not finished.

Heavy oil from Canada also has access to rail transport, which is environmentally more harmful and dangerous than the pipeline.

Meanwhile, the U.S. imported 806,000 barrels daily of crude oil monthly from our wonderful friends in Venezuela in 2013, not to mention imports from other bad actors.

Regardless of the number of jobs the pipeline creates, it allows safer transportation of U.S. crude and allows imports from Canada to replace those from less friendly countries.

What’s the problem with that?

Harry Norton


In response to “Medicare changes wallop seniors” (Nov. 18):

Sane, moral route would be single-payer health care

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a national leader in the monthly premium rate increase for its Medicare Advantage policy. For me and many others, it’s a 240 percent increase.

This is really how so-called free-market health care plans work – for the business, not for the people.

A single-payer, Medicare-for-all approach is the only sane and moral way to go.

John H. Clark


Use portion of NASCAR prize money to fund Hall of Fame

According to the Nov. 18 Observer, the top four NASCAR finishers earned prize money totaling about $23.9 million.

This does not include prize money won by all the others.

Since these are the folks who will eventually be in the NASCAR Hall of Fame, I suggest 10 percent of the prize monies earned each year be contributed to the Hall.

Gordon Carroll