Letters to the Editor

The Observer Forum

Carpool lane will make I-485 worse

Completion of the planned carpool lane ahead of schedule will not solve the I-485 problem.

The rush hour bottleneck is created by three lanes merging into two, even though the right hand lane is specifically designated as an exit onto Rea Road. Those who are in a huge hurry take the exit lane to pass up their fellow motorists, then stop and wait until they can merge left.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist, or even a civil engineer, to conclude that adding a fourth lane will only make the bottleneck worse.

Rick Miller


In response to “Business creation fails to rebound” (Feb. 19):

Bureaucrats who lack business experience set too many rules

Entrepreneurs seeking to start a new business are overwhelmed by the myriad of requirements and regulations imposed by the government, primarily by the Obama administration.

This has deterred entrepreneurship and allowed large business to thrive at the expense of small business.

Regulation is needed, but impediments to new businesses need to be minimized. Once they become established, compliance to regulations can be phased in.

Kim Thomas Purcell


In response to “Pittenger: Obama our ‘Neville Chamberlain’” (Feb. 18):

Pittenger’s comments reveal just how out of touch he is

The English, German and French governments, as well as the European Union, have endorsed the Obama administration’s approach to negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program.

That makes U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger’s crude and inaccurate WWII analogy rather ironic, don’t you think? And hardly newsworthy.

Pat McCoy


U.S. throwing Israel underthe bus; that’s a risky move

Our only dependable friend in the Middle East is Israel. Period!

Yet, the current administration and a multitude of lemmings somehow side with the Palestinians in their ongoing battle with Israel.

In 1986, whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, a former Israeli nuclear technician, revealed information that showed Israel had more than 150 nuclear warheads and the capability to deliver intercontinental ballistic missiles.

If we continue to throw Israel under the bus, they might just give Washington a blast.

Dickie Benzie


Can’t wish terrorism away; you must put boots on the ground

A massive international military force, including U.S. boots on the ground, will be necessary to wipe ISIS, Hamas, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda off the face of the Earth.

Leaders have to recognize the seriousness these terror groups present and act NOW!

Addressing the situation immediately will save lives and sustain our democracy, allowing basic freedoms to prevail.

Herbert W. Stark


In response to “It’s getting harder to swallow these lunches” (Feb. 17 Viewpoint):

Sununu served up a lunch tray heaped high with hypocrisy

Really John Sununu? “The coming clash over school lunch will shape America’s future,” more so than immigration, accessible and affordable health coverage, and international politics? Really?

Aside from the obvious hypocrisy of arguing that government should stay out of personal choice issues (i.e., abortion rights, gay marriage), Sununu’s argument that restricting food choices for students is an overreach of liberal politics run amok reminds me of a 3-year-old throwing a temper tantrum because Mom wouldn’t allow ice cream before dinner.

Astra B. Czerny


In response to “Mail should’ve been delivered Tuesday; I didn’t get mine” (Feb. 19 Forum):

Forget main roads, impassible back roads put carriers at risk

If I’m out delivering mail and the back roads aren’t cleared, there is no way I’m going to take a chance on losing control of my vehicle and wrecking, or possibly killing a child out playing in the snow.

I suggest Forum writer Henri Rumph get a post office box. Then he can amaze us all with his driving prowess on sheets of ice.

D.L. Brown