Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 03.18.15

In response to “Lawmaker: Clinton email key to Benghazi inquiry” (March 15) and related articles:

I see a pattern of secrecy; Hillary’s not trustworthy

Sorry, but this is too similar to the Rose Law Firm records sought by federal investigators probing the Whitewater scandal in the ’90s.

Hillary Clinton alternately claimed they were all surrendered, then had no idea what happened to the missing records which were eventually found – wait for it – in the private residence of the White House.

Get used to it. The whole truth and nothing but the truth is a foreign concept to this woman.

Jim Turner

Wesley Chapel

In response to “Economic incentives could go dark” (March 16):

Don’t limit public disclosures on corporate tax breaks

The new secrecy surrounding industry recruitment won’t reveal why an industry chose not to move here.

Tyler Mulligan of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Government, and others, suggest that if such a move was rejected because the industry perceived the state’s schools to be substandard, we would never know.

Kudos for Professor Mulligan’s shout-out. Will he be fired for pointing out the pitfalls in this secrecy?

Elizabeth Little


In response to For the Record “HOT lanes will improve traffic flow for all on I-77” (March 15 Opinion):

I-77 Express Lanes Project won’t ease congestion

Apparently Bob Morgan of the Charlotte Chamber does not drive on I-77 north daily.

If he did he would see the HOV lanes between I-85 and I-485 sparsely used, while the other three lanes are slowed to a crawl.

Now, the proposal is to increase the number of carpool lanes at the same time the occupancy rate requirement for each vehicle goes up – and he sees improved traffic flow?

The citizens deserve an explanation of how this all works, without some pie in the sky numbers worked up by the NCDOT and its minions in Charlotte.

Michael McNeilly


In response to “Lawmaker proposes end to gas tax” (March 12):

Jeter’s proposal hurts retirees and lets others off the hook

Rep. Charles Jeter’s bill to replace the gas tax with a $201 fee regardless of miles driven will hit many N.C. vehicle owners, especially the retired who may own two or more vehicles for different uses yet drive fewer miles per year.

Jeter’s bill would not tax the millions of out-of-state drivers and the hundreds of companies that operate vehicles in this state that are not registered in North Carolina.

Rep. Becky Carney’s statement – “We don’t need a study. Let’s put some bills up and get them debated” – makes me wonder if any of our legislators care what they are doing to the people they represent.

Donald G. Lutrick


In response to “Letter: Petraeus plea deal a ‘profound double standard’” (March 17):

Petraeus and Broadwell just another case of ‘who you know’

I agree that Gen. David Petraeus received minimal punishment for giving military secrets to Paula Broadwell.

Gen. David Petraeus committed adultery while in uniform. Such an act is punishable under Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Without doubt, the U.S. Army, the Justice Department and the White House did not fulfill their responsibilities in the Petraeus/Broadwell case.

Yes, there is a double standard in this country as far as punishment is concerned. An old adage applies here – it is not what you know, but who you know.

Jim Walker


In response to The Source “Mecklenburg, Wake could make a difference in 2016” (March 16):

It’ll take more than listening for N.C. GOP to get my vote

Unless the N.C. Republican Party plans to say it opposes the tax cuts, the war on minorities and the poor, the attempted takeover of the Charlotte airport, redistricting, and meddling with local government boards and abortion rights – and say it favors same-sex marriage, restoring unemployment benefits, and Medicaid expansion – I can’t imagine how they expect to get my vote.

Linda J. Brooks


In response to “Torturing N.C. chickens” (March 17 Viewpoint):

Public outcry needed to bring better treatment for chickens

What Nicholas Kristof’s column fails to mention is that the majority of chickens raised for human consumption in the U.S. are confined in “battery cages” so tiny the birds are scarcely able to move, stretch their wings, or otherwise engage in normal behavior for their species.

Kudos to Mercy for Animals for bringing public awareness to these deplorable conditions.

Bruce Dunbridge

Denver, N.C.