Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 06.07.15

Pam Rhynes
Pam Rhynes

In response to “Turned away, 40 years ago” (June 4 Opinion):

Don’t return to days of discrimination

If magistrates, or any public officials, are allowed to ignore a legal ruling in this country, it opens the door for all kinds of discrimination.

Today it’s magistrates not wanting to perform same-sex marriages because it’s against their religious beliefs. Tomorrow it may be refusal because two people are different skin colors (again), different nationalities, too tall, too short.

People can always find a religious excuse for anything they want to do or don’t want to do. We’ve come a long way in 40 years. Please don’t let history repeat itself!

Pam Rhynes


In response to “Court rules for Muslim job-seeker” (June 2):

Accommodate religious beliefs, but not everybody’s?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers generally have to accommodate job applicants and employees with religious needs if the employer at least suspects that such accommodation is necessary.

If a magistrate should arrive at work wearing a hijab would her religious beliefs then be recognized and accommodated?

If an individual can be protected from having to surrender a hijab, a symbol of religious belief as noted by Justice Antonin Scalia, how can one be required to surrender the religious belief itself?

Roger Morgan


In response to “Council won’t pay for fire truck” (June 2):

City Council should vote ‘no’ on Carlee’s plan, then oust him

Replacing a garbage fee where everyone with a garbage can pays the same rate sounds fair to me. Replacing it with a property tax where the 20 percent of homeowners with more valuable homes pay more so City Manager Ron Carlee can give the 80 percent with lower valued homes a tax cut, sounds like socialist wealth redistribution to me.

Vote “no” to Carlee’s socialist revenue schemes and vote “no” to extending his contract.

Jim Van Meerten


In response to “NSA gets shorter reach on phones” (June 3):

Sen. Burr worked behind the scenes to undermine NSA bill

Congress has approved a significant overhaul of the government’s access to phone records.

Nevertheless, hawks in the U.S. Senate – led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Richard Burr – made one final attempt to delay modest reforms in collection and remove a new requirement that the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) make some surveillance orders public.

Sen. Burr, with little or no reporting of his role by McClatchy newspapers in Raleigh and Charlotte, worked behind the scenes to undermine the Fourth Amendment.

With no hearings on the House reforms in the Senate Intelligence Committee Burr heads, he schemed to extend by two years the old NSA program that collected large troves of metadata on Americans’ phone calls.

William E. Jackson Jr.


In response to “Charlotte hails the Chief – and I don’t know why” (June 3 Opinion):

Larson is wrong about police chief, Monroe did a fine job

I disagree with Keith Larson’s petulant rant about Charlotte Police Chief Rodney Monroe.

His comments concerning Monroe’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University – saying Monroe got a degree he did not earn – were spiteful, demeaning, and malicious.

VCU found the degree was improperly awarded, but the chief was not to blame. Monroe later obtained a degree from the University of Phoenix.

Larson loves to get a discourse going by making controversial statements, but this column was absurd. Monroe has done an excellent job as chief.

Sheila W. Evans


I’m still puzzled over Monroe’s promotion to four-star chief

Thank you, Keith Larson, for your editorial comments about Chief Monroe. He may have done a good job, but he certainly did not do a great job.

I don’t understand how he could have been promoted from a two-star to a four-star chief. I thought you got promoted when the person you report to promotes you.

I guess the four-star, self-promotion makes your resume look better. Sounds a little bit like a degree from VCU!

Jim Beatty