Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 02.27.15

Julie Blanton
Julie Blanton

In response to “Bill would let officials avoid gay marriage” (Feb. 25):

Uphold the law or find another job

A bill to allow public servants to avoid performing same-sex marriages? Really?

What about firefighters who don’t want to put out fires at same-sex couples’ homes, police officers who don’t want to respond to crimes at same-sex couples’ homes, or teachers who don’t want to teach children of same-sex marriages?

Public servants must uphold the law. Our law guarantees separation of church and state.

If public servants don’t like it, they need to find a different job in the private sector.

Julie Blanton


In response to “Group fights LGBT bathroom issue” (Feb. 25):

It’s about common sense; vote no on bathroom ordinance

I urge the mayor and Charlotte City Council to vote no on the “bathroom bill.”

This is not about being politically correct. It is a moral issue, and a common sense issue.

I urge city officials to stand on the side of common sense and defeat this proposed ordinance.

Ray Holt


Vote yes to ensure safety of city’s socially disadvantaged

The writer is associate rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

As an Episcopal priest, I am continually moved by Jesus’ example of hospitality and kindness toward those in his culture who were shunned and socially disadvantaged, e.g. prostitutes, ethnic minorities, and even people who exercised oppressive political power like centurions.

This ordinance aligns with the compassionate spirit of Jesus.

I support it because it is an important statement of the City’s commitment to ensuring the safety of its citizens and to eliminating barriers that prohibit citizens from contributing to the common good.

Rev. Joslyn Ogden Schaefer


In response to “Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill” (Feb. 25):

I’m OK with Keystone veto; let pipeline process play out

This is about bypassing and circumventing prudent review processes.

I don’t think that obviating rules to rush profits on a stable resource is a good idea, and I like the beach, fish and shrimp.

Nebraska probably feels the same way about their aquifer, cows and amber waves of grain.

For some reason, they don’t like foreigners condemning their private land for profit, and want due process.

I think I like Nebraska, surf ‘n turf, and roasted corn on the cob. No rush...

William Hollar


In response to “Can’t fault UNC Board for trying to balance the scales” (Feb. 22 Forum):

Conservatively inclined professors may appear liberal

The writer is a retired history professor.

Forum writer Thomas Cochran Sr. finds fault with pervasive liberalism at universities.

I would just like to say this: The only way to make universities less liberal is to compromise the integrity of genuine education.

Education means opening minds, not defending a priori positions.

It is obvious that professors who pursue true education are open to a broad spectrum of opinions, which makes them appear “liberal,” even if they are conservatively inclined.

Elmar B. Fetscher


In response to “Major snowstorm strikes” (Feb. 26):

Snow headline was bigger surprise than lack of flakes

When weather forecasters warn us of “six to seven inches of pure snow” and that doesn’t happen, we make jokes and understand.

When the Charlotte Observer headline bellows “Major snowstorm strikes” after the contrary fact, we are puzzled at best and shocked at worst. An explanation is in order.

John V. Doyle


Editor’s note: We were dependent on the National Weather Service forecast, which called for 6-8 inches of snow in the Charlotte region as of 10 p.m. Wednesday. We finished our front page an hour earlier than normal to give Observer carriers more time to deliver the newspaper.