Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “In Cannon vs. McDonnell, it’s a tale of two judges” (Jan. 11):

How to get a better corruption sentence

The differences in the prison sentences handed down to Patrick Cannon and Bob McDonnell can be resolved as a matter of class. Former Charlotte Mayor Cannon is a “liberal” African-American Democrat. Ex-Virginia Governor McDonnell is a white, conservative Christian Republican.

As Sunday’s Observer article noted, Cannon was sentenced to almost twice the prison time as McDonnell, for illicit gains totaling less than a third of what McDonnell’s conviction was for.

The message being sent seems clear: If you are a wealthy, conservative Republican caught committing a crime, play the religion card and you’ll get off easy.

Michael A. Clark


In response to “Time is right for a new gasoline tax” (Jan. 10):

Is there a safety net that Charles Krauthammer likes?

Charles Krauthammer says employment (FICA) tax is a “drag” on job creation. So, Social Security payments must likewise be a “drag” on job creation because without the tax we wouldn’t have the payments.

And he says reducing employment tax would also advance fairness. Why not simply say America’s safety net is nothing less than a boil on the backside of the economy? Or better yet, convince a politician to say it for him.

Wayne McGee


In response to “Will this fix cure NASCAR hall?” (Jan. 8 Our View) and other articles:

Forgiving city’s NASCAR debt encourages future mistakes

A debt that is owed to another entity is a legal, moral and contractual obligation that should be honored in accordance with the terms of the indebtedness. It doesn’t matter whether the debtor is an individual, a government body, a corporation, a religious body, etc.

Forgiveness of the indebtedness entered into by municipal government leaders can result only in more hare-brained boondoggles such as Whitewater, NASCAR Hall of “Infamy,” and repeated renovations of arenas and stadiums.

M. M. Teague


In response to “Former Davidson QB cleared in assault case” (Jan. 8):

Quarterback’s case shows danger of rushing to judgment

The case involving quarterback J.P. Douglas is a very good example of the need to avoid rushing to judgment.

I represented Mr. Douglas and have extensive first-hand knowledge about the facts in this case. Mr. Douglas should never have been charged with a crime.

I appreciate the thorough review by the district attorney’s office that resulted in prosecutors avoiding a rushed judgment unsupported by the facts.

We could all stand to be more thoughtful and deliberate in our opinion forming process.

Harold Cogdell Jr.


French officer may have survived with better policies

The very graphic picture of the wounded Paris police officer who appeared to plead for his life before being killed spoke volumes.

If all officers were armed this officer might have shot the terrorist and reduced the number killed.

The very liberal French have refused to arm all of their police and still do not apply the death penalty. Both of these policies might deter crime and give the citizens a better chance to survive in this new terrorist society.

John Battaglia


In response to “Show some respect: quit calling my wife and me ‘guys’” (Jan. 9 Forum):

Here are some more names we’d rather not be called

My husband and I feel the same way. We are so tired of being called not only that but also, sugar, honey, bubba, sweetie, partner, and the list goes on.

It is plain and simply rude and disrespectful. It is the management’s responsibility to train the staff. We have on several occasions asked the waiter not to call us that.

Gisela Wigen

Indian Trail