Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 04.26.15

In response to “Critics take aim at whistleblower bill” (April 22):

Don’t make it harder on whistleblowers

N.C. Republicans are proposing legislation to punish whistleblowers who expose illegal actions by businesses.

Many Republicans who decry government regulations suggest the invisible hand of the free market is a more efficient judge of business misdeeds. Informed customers would shun bad companies, they say.

But how are consumers supposed to make informed decisions about corporate misdeeds, if those companies’ actions are protected by our state government?

Michael A. Clark


In response to “Rep. Schaffer is so unlike most of the modern women I know” (April 22 Forum):

Schaffer stands on high moral ground and I appreciate that

The real issue Forum writer Sandy Blinkhorn has with Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer is their difference of opinion.

It is most difficult in this country to be a Christian, have a set of values based on the moral compass our country was founded upon, stand by those values in making choices, and get the respect you deserve.

Challenging Schaffer’s trustworthiness, life experiences, and where she chooses to live goes beyond anyone’s business but Rep. Schaffer’s.

I am a modern woman and I respect all opinions, but it is comforting to know that we have a representative who stands on higher moral ground in making her decisions.

Rebecca Walsh


In response to “Bill would expand wait for abortions” (April 23):

Women don’t want legislature lurking in their doctor’s office

Alert to the N.C. legislature regarding House Bill 465:

The women of North Carolina that I know have empowered themselves to observe any waiting period they choose and do not welcome legislative lurking in this most private and personal decision.

Stephen J. Gibbons


In response to “Bill would cut short N.C.’s green-energy law” (April 15):

Energy solutions come from the market, not from mandates

The writer is an economist at the American Energy Alliance who grew up in North Carolina.

Renewable energy advocates claim a bill to freeze North Carolina’s 2007 energy mandate “dramatically disrupts” the state’s energy goals.

In reality, freezing the mandate is a practical solution to the real problem: political meddling.

From 2007 to 2013 U.S. production of natural gas from shale formations grew an amazing 783 percent, thanks to innovations such as the combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

In contrast, a mandate on electricity from solar power and poultry waste is not a solution – it’s meddlesome and costly.

The right path forward is to repeal the energy mandate and unlock true innovation in energy.

North Carolina should embrace energy sources that flourish under the market test, not mandate expensive sources that fail it.

Travis Fisher

Washington, D.C.

In response to “Plow money from exorbitant tuition back into buildings” (April 22 Forum):

UNCC already overbuilt, spend instead on smaller class size

Chancellor Philip Dubois’ vague description of a dire need for a science building ignores the fact that a number of new science and engineering buildings were recently built at the other end of the campus.

I would much prefer the chancellor spend more time ensuring that students receive a quality education before he tries to add to an already over-built campus.

Classes are already too large, even at upper levels, and it leaves this UNCC science grad feeling that the stated mission of the university is being forgotten.

Raymond Moore


I’m fed up with lawmakers in Raleigh; here’s my advice

Given the results of the most recent activity of our elected officials, including the governor, I suggest they stay home. Do not go to Raleigh. Do not do anything else “for us.”

Governor, bake some cookies, but do not do anything else for the rest of your term.

You people have done enough.

Richard Cochran

Indian Trail