Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Fracking will poison the golden goose: our drinking water

The impact fracking will have on our ground water threatens a resource essential for continued economic growth.

Why not protect the most valuable resource we have to support a durable growth model and even more jobs in North Carolina?

Water is the backbone of our state’s capacity to support growth and provide good jobs. Don’t poison our golden goose!

F. Richard Flowe


In response to Our View “Workers need more than holiday cheer” (Dec. 26 Editorial):

Increasing minimum wage would cut into job growth

The minimum wage was never intended to provide an adult worker the ability to support an entire family.

It’s primary intention is to create more entry-level jobs and allow more people to gain skills. Then, with hard work, they move up the ladder to higher paying positions.

If the minimum wage were increased, fewer workers would have this opportunity and that’s who’d be hurt the most. The bipartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates this number to exceed 500,000.

Jeff Harris


In response to “City looking into billboard company’s removal of trees” (Dec. 23):

Blame for blighted hillsides falls squarely on Sen. Rucho

I don’t know which of of these is harder to stomach, the photo of that blighted hillside with just tree stumps remaining, or the fact that the man who made such destruction along our roadways possible – Sen. Bob Rucho – will soon be back to work in Raleigh for another term.

Arnie Grieves


Police officers keep us all safe; they deserve respect, thanks

To all police officers and first responders in Mecklenburg County: Thank you for risking your lives daily to stand between us and consummate evil and mortal danger. Thank you for being our first, and last, line of defense, and for allowing us to sleep well at night knowing you are standing by ready to help, to rescue and keep us safe.

Hats off to every one of you.

Robert Reese


In response to “Election turnout belies critics’ claims of disenfranchisement” (Dec. 21 The Source):

Not so fast, full impact of new voter rules has yet to be seen

Michael Gordon may be speaking to soon.

Once the highly restrictive Voter ID laws are in effect we can see what sort of impact all of the new laws will have. While each component has a small effect alone, taken together these new rules will make it harder for the true will of the citizens to be reflected at the ballot box.

For now, the jury is still out.

Amber Johnson Logan


In response to “New Americans welcomed to the fold at swearing-in” (Dec. 24):

Speaking the same language unifies us; it should be English

Naturalization calls for passing English and civil tests. But Miryum Becerra’s daughter had to translate her happiness at becoming an American citizen.

Miryum entered the U.S. about nine years ago, still does not speak fluent English, and is now dreaming for the rest of her non-English speaking family to come here.

Diversity is killing us. It does not unify. There will be no unity until we all speak the same language. Unfortunately, it looks like that language is Spanish.

J.W. Zanella


I’m still waiting for my food, airline travel costs to drop

Remember when gas/fuel cost went up and so did cost of fresh produce, dairy products and airline tickets? Did you notice how they came down as fuel costs went down? Me neither!

E.T. Shafer

Seven Devils, N.C.

There’s no denying 2014 ended on a positive economic note

It should be pointed out that as 2014 drew to a close U.S. Gross National Product growth for the third quarter increased 5 percent, the highest jump in 11 years.

The Dow Jones topped 18,000 for the first time, and the unemployment rate dropped below 6 percent for the first time in six years.

Jim Hinkle


A little good news goes a

long way on a dreary day

The weather outside may have been dreary, but Tuesday’s Observer certainly brightened my day.

I loved the articles about Judge Richard Boner’s faith, about Colin Pinkney and his Olympic High School book club, and the Everyday Angels piece by Mary Ann Bennett about her son and the caring person who helped him.

Thank you for including the good news happening around us.

Jeanne Hammons