Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Have no fear: Pay-as-you-throw garbage system works (Jan. 2 For the Record):

Pay-as-you-throw trash amounts to double taxation

The point about pay-as-you-throw is not if it is going to work but who is going to pay for it. We pay for trash collection through taxes, thus we shouldn’t have to pay for it again.

The other point to be made is who is profiting from recycled trash collected, since these days it is quite a profitable business and that could offset some of the cost. Mr. Moylan nor anybody else has answered that question yet and I wonder why. Nevertheless he and our city officials think that it is quite all right to charge us again.

Mario Moreno


Charlotte’s far too big to compare to Worcester, Mass.

I appreciate Mr. Moylan expressing his optimism for Charlotte based on Worcester’s good experience with this program, but let’s look at the facts.

Worcester’s population at last estimate: 182,544 compared with Charlotte’s 792,862. Worcester’s area is about 39 square miles, compared with Charlotte’s 298.

Worcester boasts a savings of $25 million since the program started in 1993. At just over $1 million per year, I think those savings will be consumed by new trucks and employees needed to implement this farce.

Doug Wynne


Fulfilling these wishes would make for a happy new year

Here are some New Year’s wishes I hope come to pass.

That police officers across the nation agree they are privileged to serve, not entitled to obedience. That conservatives will agree conserving our natural resources is the most patriotic act.

And that the media will report fairly and honestly that just because a person is wealthy doesn’t mean they are always right.

Michael A. Clark


Left-wing ideology has brought modern-day Cuba to its knees

Now that the U.S. has resumed relations with Cuba, every American should be given a free, required trip to see the ravages that years of socialism/communism has brought to that country!

The ride from Havana airport in a 1950 Chevrolet would be a good beginning!

Don Reid


In response to “Clodfelter signals decision to run” (Dec. 31):

Clodfelter is a good mayor who deserves the voters’ support

I met Mr. Clodfelter a few years ago when he represented my (then) area of Eastway Park.

He promised to always be available and if a voter had a concern, all they had to do was pick up a phone, call his office, and he would answer.

What the citizens of Charlotte need to pay attention to is the fact that, even if people like me no longer live there, Mr. Clodfelter will still immediately attend to concerns I have.

You are extremely fortunate to have him as mayor and need to keep him in that position!

Martyn Hawkins

Oak Island

Tea Party activists are fighting for ideals of liberty and justice

Freedom is like an elusive bird, and present day Tea Partiers are sparring with both Democrats and Republicans. Will their actions result in winning back our country, or will we settle for being told by our leaders what is “best for us”?

Only you can decide. Do you fold your hands and bow your heads in silent acceptance, or do you rise to your feet and declare you are with those who would help our country to again come back to its pinnacle of greatness?

Sheila Evans


America has learned its lesson about fighting wars abroad

I want to say how thankful I am that we are now fighting our necessary wars with sanctions, drones, and military trainers instead of with boots on the ground.

It just makes sense any way we look at it.

Ronald Williams


In response to “Jeb Bush resigns from all boards” (Jan. 2):

Another Bush for president

is not what the GOP needs

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, big business and inside-the-beltway Republicans are all in for Jeb Bush to be the Republican nominee for president in 2016.

Nothing will rally and infuriate the Democrats more. Graveyards will be voting and church buses will be packed heading for the polls.

Give us conservatives a tall pine tree or a colorful wildflower – but not another Bush!

Jim Cherry