Letters to the Editor

The Observer Forum

Martin Zimmerman
Martin Zimmerman

In response to “More lanes aren’t the best answer for North Carolina” (Feb. 15 For the Record):

Roads one part of transportation future

Kudos to Roger Diedrich of the Sierra Club for making the case that congestion relief in North Carolina calls for far-sighted and visionary thinking. A balanced mix of walking, bicycling, cars, buses, light rail, street cars and high-speed intercity rail facilities represent a 21st century solution to traffic congestion.

It’s the best chance, and perhaps the only chance, for the Tar Heel state to attain global transportation competitiveness and a higher quality of life for all citizens.

Martin Zimmerman


In response to “Improve roads, but not with tolls” (Feb. 15 Forum):

No, we’re not driving on some of the country’s best roads

Sadly, North Carolina does not have “some of the country’s best roads.” Quite the contrary, as pointed out by a recent study in Readers Digest that N.C. roads were the 36th best in the country.

N.C. roads and bridges are in a deplorable condition, and the government must find a realistic, long-term funding stream to maintain this infrastructure. I do not believe that a gas tax or toll is the answer, and point to the failures of N.Y. state as an example of what not to do!

Kenneth Randall


In response to “Why I flipped on school choice” (Feb. 12):

Public schools “supporter” advocating things that harm

Mr. Lewis has every right to change his mind and support charter schools, vouchers, school choice, etc. But for him to say he is doing this while still “an avid believer in our public schools” boggles the mind. The public schools are having their problems, but the other options are NOT supporting the public school system and are not helping find solutions to its problems.

I see no “help” to the public school system by removing students from it, and by moving tax support away from it. I’d like to hear Mr. Lewis address this clear contradiction in his new position.

Mark Selleck


In response to “It’s time to sing the praises of Obamacare” (Feb. 13):

As insurance broker, I sing a different Obamacare tune

I think it would be beneficial for the media to not only report how Obamacare has helped Americans, but also to expose the flip side as to those the Affordable Care Act has hurt.

I’ve been a health insurance broker in Charlotte for 26 years. We have written hundreds of group health and individual policies. I’ve seen some business and individuals who have benefitted from Obamacare, but more who have been adversely impacted.

There is no end in sight to control the double-digit inflationary rate increases most businesses and individuals are experiencing, and the “affordability” of the ACA is a misnomer in my opinion. I think we are just beginning to see a lot of the negative impacts of the law. These repercussions need to be revealed, too.

Keith Greenspon


Remember three students when we think of Muslims

Many hear the word Muslim and envision the face of someone different, maybe even sinister.

I implore everyone from now on when they hear the word Muslim, they envision the faces of the three innocents assassinated in Chapel Hill: Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha.

Stephen Jones


In response to “Misguided adults taint purity of a kids game” (Feb. 15):

Little League sent the right message in taking away title

I agree the kids weren’t at fault, but Little League had no choice. The rules were broken and in fairness to all of the other teams that didn’t cheat, the team deserved to be stripped of the title.

Other Little League teams have been disqualified for cheating. The league didn’t demean the kids; it taught them a life lesson – cheating is wrong and has consequences.

Ed Garland