Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “I-485 lane done but closed for 5 years” (Jan. 16):

Is Cooksey driving same I-485 I am?

On which new section, in which direction, and on which day of the week did N.C. DOT’s Warren Cooksey ride at 55 mph at 5:20 p.m.?

Because if he honestly thinks using that lane now “wouldn’t do much for the project,” I invite him to move to Ballantyne and try commuting to and from work in uptown each day.

During rush hours, it typically takes me longer to drive the 13 miles to uptown than it did to drive the same distance from one end of Manhattan Island to the other – unless of course I’m making a reverse commute.

Kathleen Britton


Time to consider additional testing for elderly drivers

There were two more stories Friday about older drivers killing themselves or someone else.

When will America wake up and realize that senior drivers need to be tested?

I understand that many of them are perfectly safe. I also understand how scary it is to have to give up your independence.

But how scary do you think it is to see a pair of headlights coming at you the wrong way on an interstate?

Deborah Beck

Iron Station

In response to “Duke now says no on Muslim chant” (Jan. 16):

Bending to Franklin Graham feeds anti-Muslim agenda

I was disappointed to hear Duke University has rescinded its plan under pressure from Franklin Graham, who urged alumni and donors to call off their support for the university.

Graham’s opposition was based on his fear that in the name of pluralism Duke is in fact preparing the grounds for creeping Shariah in the U.S.

At a time when the world is still shaken from the recent tragedy in Paris, Duke’s bending down to the demands of Islamophobes for fear of losing funding is only going to promote the anti-Islam/Muslim agenda.

As a Muslim I feel that the university should stick to its principles of pluralism and treat all its students equally.

Shahina Bashir

Germantown, Md.

In response to “No backing down at Charlie Hebdo” (Jan. 15) and related articles:

Words, cartoons have impact; we must show more respect

When we write about others we should be aware of the impact the words, or cartoons, have on those we write about.

In today’s world we would never use the “N” word for black people or the “Q” word for gays.

Why do we find it humorous to lampoon the Prophet or Muslim beliefs when we know it offends them so deeply?

The evidence is abundantly clear, Muslim extremists will attack us and are willing to die to defend the image of their beloved Prophet Mohammad. So we should stop doing it.

Respect and courtesy are the foundation of sound relationships.

Paul D. Tillman


In response to “Teacher posts wedding plans, loses his job” (Jan. 14):

Diocese should not have let Charlotte Catholic teacher go

My daughter took Lonnie Billard’s class and had a wonderful experience.

So take heart Mr. Billard, there are many former students with fond memories of your class and parents who are glad their children had this experience.

And as for the Diocese of Charlotte, the hypocrisy that you identified is now visible for all to see.

Tom Fielder


In response to “Fight for your life, there are many great moments ahead” (Jan. 15 Forum):

People must be free to make own decision about chemo

The issue is not only about fighting for life.

Cancer treatments can have a host of side effects, some that last a lifetime and affect a person’s quality of life, such as a weakened heart.

Cancer treatments are not always a cure, and costs are not affordable for many.

Many people consider quality of life more important than quantity of life.

Every person should be free to make his/her own choice about cancer treatments without pressure from doctors or other health professionals.

Diana Ward