Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 03.19.15

Burr, Tillis ignore facts on Lynch

Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis have decided to oppose Loretta Lynch’s nomination for attorney general based on ideology, not on facts brought out in the hearings.

Their opposition shows not thoughtful reflection, but an ongoing ideology to oppose anything the current administration wants.

This makes them robots programmed to follow the lead of Sen. Mitch McConnell, rather than representatives of the people of North Carolina. The citizens of this state should let them know that they work for us, not the Republican Party, and that their decisions may have consequences at the next election.

Doug Samut


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

Enough already with theBroadwell/Petraeus photos

You would think that the Charlotte Observer could find a file photo of Gen. David Petraeus pictured by himself.

However, since our local world-class newspaper feels the need to compete with the sensationalism of the National Inquirer, I guess I am being naïve.

It is just wrong. Leave the lady alone.

Jon Boyce


Stop bribing businesses to come here; too few benefit

Why should any government entity be allowed to bribe businesses to come here?

So far the results of these endeavors have been quite mixed.

More important, communities that cannot afford these “incentives” are the ones who need this kind of assistance.

Simply speaking, the incentives are not fair.

This has become a national problem. Perhaps we could set an example here by stopping these procedures.

Nancy Kiefer


Hillary Clinton email issue being blown out of proportion

We are wasting our time on something that is not a big deal.

Hillary Clinton may or may not run for president in 2016, yet the media and those who don’t like her are trying to find everything they can to use against her.

She released the emails. Why is everyone still fussing about this?

Deciding to use personal email rather than government email definitely was not the smartest thing to do, but is it a federal offense? No.

Georgia Thorpe


In response to “Pittenger: Prepare for terrorist attacks” (March 16):

Pittenger wastes taxpayer money duplicating info

A common sense “go-bag” is a must for every citizen in the event public safety officials order an immediate evacuation of an area or town.

Shelter-in-place supplies (see ready.gov) are important in the event part of our infrastructure breaks down, such as an accidental discharge of a pollutant into the water supply (it has happened in Charlotte) or the power grid shuts down.

For Congressman Robert Pittenger to print a 22-page booklet echoing information available at various Internet sites and from FEMA tells me that he and his staff do not have enough to do in Washington.

Paul Jones


In response to “Where BOG is coming from” (March 12 Viewpoint):

Fennebresque’s defense of UNC board’s actions rings hollow

The writer is a UNC Chapel Hill alumna, class of 1959.

In his carefully worded, but hollow defense of the recent regrettable decisions by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, John Fennebresque adds new substance to an old adage: Actions speak louder than words.

Leslie A. Crutchfield


In response to “Compass Group expands its cage-free policy to include liquid eggs” (March 18):

Kudos to Compass for move that focuses on animal welfare

Compass Group’s announcement to stop sourcing eggs from hens locked in cruel, cramped cages is the latest in a string of such commitments from food service industry leaders.

It’s clearer than ever that these cruel cages are on the way out. They are already banned in California and every European Union country.

Banning these cages throughout the U.S. would make us a more humane nation, and give us all something to be proud about.

Loren Hart