Letters to the Editor

The Observer Forum: 02.25.15

Craig Reutlinger
Craig Reutlinger

In response to “LGBT proposal stirring tensions” (Feb. 20) and related articles:

Transgender bathroom debate a waste of precious time

Our community has far bigger issues to deal with than the diversion created by debating and passing an ordinance driven by a small group of gender-challenged individuals.

As citizens of our community we need to show compassion and help these individuals deal with their issues, but not by overriding the will and rights of others.

Passing an ordinance is not the solution, and is an inappropriate use of the process.

Debating the issue takes away valuable time and resources that should be spent on far more important community issues.

Lee A. Sanders


In response to “Council tightens rules on ethics” (Feb. 24):

Welcome to the real world, Councilman David Howard

Charlotte City Council member David Howard, chairman of the governance and accountability committee, said if complimentary tickets are forbidden to council members, only wealthy council members will be able to attend such events.

Well, Mr. Howard, welcome to the real world – where unfortunately only wealthy people can attend such events.

Michelle Withers


In response to “The troubling gun ethic of ‘American Sniper’” (Feb. 24 Viewpoint):

It wasn’t about guns, it was just a movie about a man’s life

John Crisp completely missed the point in his quasi-intellectual analysis of “American Sniper.”

It is becoming tiresome listening to folks like him who are unable to just take in a story without pontificating to us little people about what we should be critical of.

What anti-gun zealots don’t understand is that a gun is an appliance with specific purpose. Target shooting is relaxing and facilitates one to focus outward. Therefore, it is a good therapy for people with PTSD, especially if it was something they were good at as professionals.

Mario Moreno


In response to “Ground troops needed to defeat ISIS, and U.S. troops must be in the mix” (Feb. 23 Forum):

Easy to push for war when it’s not your boots on the ground

Often those with no skin in the game are the loudest hawks when it comes to waging war.

If we’re going to fight a war, then everyone must be willing to sacrifice.

After our experiences in Vietnam and Iraq, that should be the litmus test for all wars the United States thinks it should wage.

Michael Hicks


I suggest a more apt name for group that media calls ISIS

It is simply ridiculous for the media to continue to refer to those who torture, burn and behead human beings as ISIS.

First of all, they are not true believers of Islam, so the word Islamic should not be used in referring to them. Second, they are not a State and certainly not deserving of any such recognition.

Instead, the media should refer to them in words that describe the atrocities they are committing. They should simply be called Barbaric Savages or BS.

Craig A. Reutlinger


In response to “UNC centers review sparks sharp debate” (Feb. 20):

Another group that speaks for the poor being silenced in N.C.

The recommended closing of the poverty center by the UNC Board of Governors bothers me, not by my political affiliation but as a Christian.

You would think that in a state where poverty is so severe that each day over one in four children under the age of 18 are not getting meals on a regular basis, any opportunity to help the poor would be welcomed with open arms.

Who speaks for the forgotten in our state? Unfortunately the voices continue to be silenced.

Thomas Meadors


In response to “Smith gets praise he never sought” (Feb. 23):

If you played for Dean Smith, then you’re not ‘ordinary’

In his account of the celebration of Dean Smith’s legacy, David Scott chose to characterize some former players in attendance as “stars” and “ordinary,” something Dean Smith would have never done.

Part of Smith’s legacy is the treatment of all equally.

This is a man who gave a team manager his own 1982 championship watch because the NCAA didn’t provide enough for the team and managers.

Some players may not be as well known as others, but anyone who can play basketball for the Tar Heels should never be considered “ordinary.”

Hank Stallings