Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to Our View “Independent look needed on CMS” (Dec. 7 Editorial):

Here’s how to reveal truth concerning Morrison departure

I agree, the facts about Heath Morrison’s departure must see the light of day.

Get the school board members, George Battle, Debi Baker and the few others who baked this cake in a small room with a moderator. Each has 5 to 7 minutes to answer the same 10 questions your editorial asked. Mr. Battle should be allowed a few more minutes as he seemed to wear the big hat in this kitchen.

Then give all a chance to respond/concur/rebut what they’ve just heard – 5 to 7 minutes each. If people don’t know anything, they should say so. If they do, they should tell the truth.

And, by the way, record and print every last word.

John M. Archer IV


In response to “Common Core doesn’t add up, dump it” (Dec. 7 Forum):

Kids need abstract reasoning skills that Common Core offers

I was a bit undecided on Common Core, but the “traditional” assessment that Forum writer Kevin Cauthen shared proves to me Common Core is the way to go.

I, for one, hope my children can handle “abstract reasoning concepts,” as that is how most problems are presented in real life.

Chris Schultz


In response to “U.S. prepares for security risks from torture report” (Dec. 9):

CIA torture report was released for political gain

In the days and weeks ahead there are probably going to be many lives lost as a result of the release of the CIA interrogation techniques.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a president who put the best interests of the United States and the welfare of its citizens ahead of his own political agenda.

Shame on you President Obama and Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Mike Byrd


Torture is never justified; report brings great shame

Torture – sleep deprivation, water-boarding, or any other form of torture – and paying others to torture for us – rendition – are never justified.

Freedom and security are never to be sought at the expense of the soul and character of a nation.

Former President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney (who continues adamantly to defend the atrocities), the CIA, and all of us U.S. citizens who allowed torture and rendition to happen have brought great shame to our nation and have stained its history.

Rev. Chris Ayers


In response to “Fewer laws = fewer Garners” (Dec. 7 Viewpoint):

Deaths like Garner’s less likely if criminals comply with police

Yale law professor Stephen Carter rightfully criticizes the political system for taking “bizarre delight” in creating the crimes that require the police to “carry out the legislative will.”

But Carter’s assertion that “the police go armed to enforce” the law is not accurate. The police are armed to protect themselves from individuals who break the law.

Professor Carter also points out that if the criminals “resist, they (the police) might kill you.” He fails to remind us that if the criminal does not resist arrest, it is very unlikely that a tragedy will occur such as the death of Eric Garner.

Solution: Don’t make unnecessary laws, don’t break the law, don’t resist arrest.

John W. Vaughan


In response to “Police: Chokehold victim complicit in his own death” (Dec. 6):

Garner was gasping for air; officers showed poor judgment

Saying that Eric Garner had the ability to breathe is completely and unequivocally deplorable.

Garner’s physical ailments were exacerbated when placed under the chokehold, causing his death.

The decision to use a chokehold was a mistake, and not letting go when Garner cried for relief showed a lack of judgment and depraved indifference.

It is a shame that common sense didn’t prevail that day.

Anthony P. Della Villa


In response to “Rules cut payments for some homebuyers” (Dec. 9 Business):

Say ‘no’ to risky mortgages, didn’t end well the first time

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac accepting 3 percent down payments on a mortgage loan is a recipe for disaster.

Have we forgotten sub-prime loans, credit default swaps, and our own Wachovia bank’s “Pick-a-Payment” loans?

Do we really want to repeat history?

If the federal government wants to adjust something, work on student loans. Give everyone the opportunity for a quality education, not a mortgage.

W. Randall Lemly