Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Eliminate gerrymandered districts

Forum writer L.B. Pope cries out to “get rid of” Sen. Bob Rucho because he doesn’t serve the people. (“N.C. GOP tax plan bewildering, as is Rucho’s support of it,” Jan. 16 Forum)

It would be useful to realize that no one can get rid of Rucho. He runs in a rigged election district, thanks to the odious practice of gerrymandering. He could stay in office until 2022.

If one intends to purge the legislature of those who don’t serve the people, we first must rid North Carolina of gerrymandering. Check endgerrymanderingnow.org.

Harry Taylor


In response to Sports complex vote delayed” (Jan. 16):

Think twice; amateur sports complex just another pie-in-the-sky venture

Let me give City Council a few reasons to think real hard about the amateur sports complex proposal: the Coliseum on Tyvola Road, CityFair; NASCAR Hall of Shame; Chiquita; Whitewater complex; streetcar; and Eastland Mall come to mind for starters.

Not a single one of these ventures met the pie-in-the-sky projections, and you darn sure don’t put your money in up front without your partner’s willingness to do the same.

Bill Hawthorne


Problem with NASCAR Hall is that

it was bulit in the wrong place

I have been a diehard NASCAR fan for more than 60 years. I have never been to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

As long as it is in downtown Charlotte I will never go. If it had been built at the racetrack – on the Mecklenburg County side so Charlotte can get the taxes – I would have been several times.

William Barringer


Legislature must rethink its stand on offering incentives to film companies

With all the trouble we are having with incentives to lure companies – and keep them – I wonder why some N.C. legislators think such companies are better for our state than giving film production companies incentives and credits for filming here?

Not only do film companies bring jobs and revenue to our state, they can also showcase what a beautiful state we have, which can stimulate tourism.

Film incentives are a much better bet. Chiquita didn’t do anything for us.

Kim Schineller


College athletics and academics clearly operate in parallel universes

Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski suggested recently that we should all feel privileged and honored to watch the basketball players who are “one and done” – who play one year then rush off to the big bucks provided in the NBA.

Now I’m sure these are fine young men in every respect, but my concern is this: What other department in the university would offer a full scholarship to a student who stated he/she would be there one year, then go somewhere else?

This seems to me the perfect example of the fact that athletics and academics operate in parallel universes.

Thomas Vaughan


In response to “Paris attack was their 9/11; Obama should’ve marched” (Jan. 14 Forum):

Fine by me that Obama didn’t march with worst human rights offenders

Give me a break. If the president had gone, Obama-haters would be screaming their heads off about the cost.

Aside from that, those “50 high-level government officials” marching in support of free speech and thought included representatives from Egypt, Turkey, Russia and Algeria – countries ranked near the bottom in terms of press freedom for their imprisonment of journalists and bans on marches and open protests.

Do you really think that Obama marching in lockstep with some of the worst offenders of human rights would have been “a wonderful sight to see?”

Heather Stancil


In response to “No backing down at Charlie Hebdo” and “Mayor disputes reason for firing” (Jan. 15):

Freedom of speech must apply to all speech, even that which we deplore

Interesting juxtaposition of articles on Charlie Hebdo and the firing in Atlanta of the fire chief for his book.

While I deplore anti-gay statements, Kelvin Cochran has a right to publish them. Freedom of speech has to be for all, or else it’s not freedom.

Steve Riddle