Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

City leaders’ priorities are all wrong

Tuesday’s headlines revealed in no uncertain terms the mentality of Charlotte leaders.

The city spent millions on the NASCAR Hall of Fame and let the homeless wait another couple of years for help.

Taxpayers have helped the Panthers remodel their stadium, we’re going to help remodel Bojangles’ Coliseum, we helped build a new baseball park – but can’t provide for the homeless.

There but for the grace of God go you and I, but I have no say in how my tax dollars are spent – until I go to the polls.

Elizabeth Schwirck


In response to “Red-light cameras caused my accident, medical bills” (Jan. 7 Forum):

Flawed logic to say obeying the law caused accident

Forum writer Tom Daoust says the red-light camera caused him to obey the law and therefore caused his accident.

Are you kidding?

The implication is that if we all ran red lights there would be fewer rear-end collisions.

I can only assume that maybe one of his “injuries requiring months of medical attention” was a head injury.

Donald Nelson


In response to Our View “3 ways the GOP can move forward” (Jan. 7 Editorial):

Passage of Keystone pipeline will do more harm than good

I was appalled to read the editorial recommending Congress approve the Keystone pipeline.

Jobs? Maybe 35 permanent jobs when complete, but job creation? As of November 2013 there were 142,698 workers in the U.S. solar industry. If jobs is the argument, solar is the solution.

The State Department assessment was seriously flawed and was based in part on analysis provided by two consulting firms with ties to oil and pipeline companies. The Interior Department contradicted the State Department entirely on this issue.

Finally, there was no specific mention of global warming and probable pipeline leaks threatening vital aquifers.

Alan Burns


In response to “Reducing Charlotte’s homicides” (Jan. 5 Opinion):

To reduce homicide rate start with education – in the womb

I agree with Eric Frazier that to reduce Charlotte’s homicides “the fix is about jobs.”

But the foundational fix is education! People must be educated to get sustainable jobs.

The fix to that? Start education as early as possible – beginning in pregnancy. Kids are arriving way “too late to the party” if their education only begins in preschool!

Ellen Martin


Two-parent families a key factor in reducing murder rate

Eric Frazier suggests the fix to high murder rates in black neighborhoods is jobs.

But jobs are up and unemployment down. If you want a job now, you can find it.

The real solution is two-parent families. Three out of four black kids are born to one parent. Raising kids as a single mom is an overwhelming task. Many single moms just can’t do it all.

Two-parent homes would, for the most part, take care of the poverty problem, and with that murders will drop.

Steve Monroe


In response to “The new struggle for colleges” (Jan. 7 Viewpoint):

Grateful for Dr. Tony Zeiss and the opportunities CPCC offers

Thank you, Dr. Tony Zeiss, for your sage advice regarding higher education opportunities and alternatives. It was a timely reminder that Central Piedmont Community College is indeed a significant asset for all within the Charlotte community.

Ed Carlson


In response to “Emails detail tension over CMS reorg plan” (Jan. 6):

Battle is over-reaching, should be removed from his CMS post

George Battle III seems to have taken on the duties of being the go-to person when someone has grievances with personnel. That is not his job.

His wanting to investigate Heath Morrison is beyond the scope of his duties.

In major school systems, the general counsels’ office and staff are rarely heard from and don’t interfere with the business of running the school system.

Battle should be given his walking papers. CMS does not need an attorney running the show, and all evidence says that’s what Counsel Battle thinks is his charge.

Paul W. Hassler

Denver, N.C.