Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 06.17.15

In response to “Puckett: Terminate I-77 toll road plan” (June 15):

I-77 toll plan absurd, unfair

Thank you, Commissioner Jim Puckett, for speaking out on the absurdity and unfairness of the I-77 toll lane project.

The complete story has played out like the story of the emperor’s new clothes.

Few of our elected representatives are willing to call out the N.C. DOT or the governor on the simple truths: This “solution” will not reduce congestion, is a daily commuting option primarily for the wealthy, and area citizens are expected to pay tolls of around $13 billion for a solution that should cost closer to $100 million.

Phyllis Wilson


In response to “For Puckett, and others, here are I-77 facts once again” (June 16 Feedback):

Lawmakers owe it to citizens to scrap the I-77 toll plan

If the current system cannot fix the pressing problem of the choking congestion in a relatively small portion of I-77 through the Lake Norman area, then the “system” is woefully broken.

The managed lanes project, by design, keeps congestion for the profit of the operators. It will not be good for business, nor the citizens.

N.C. DOT and our elected representatives must heed the wishes of the people they are supposed to serve: Scrap this project and put a viable alternative in place.

Andrew Hoxie


N.C. Senate budget proposal degrading for veteran teachers

Under the N.C. Senate budget, veteran teachers with 25 years or more will not get a raise.

Veteran teachers have done more in schools than just serve time. Experienced teachers add value to students’ learning and to the school environment.

The Senate’s pay scale is disappointing and degrading.

Anne McCanless


In response to “Jeb Bush makes candidacy for White House official” (June 16):

Jeb may be GOP darling, but he won’t be my choice in 2016

Jeb Bush is the darling choice for moderate Republicans and corporate America.

His positions on immigration and Common Core are total turn-offs for his base voters.

Give conservative voters an articulate candidate like Ted Cruz, Scott Walker or Carly Fiorina. Not an old recapped tire like Jeb Bush.

Jim Cherry


In response to “I now want in on Senate Bill 2” (June 14 Opinion):

Christians like me aren’t judging, just trying to live our beliefs

After reading Editorial Page Editor Taylor Batten’s column and related Forum letters I am amazed at the ignorance people have of Christianity.

In Matthew 19:4-6 and Mark 10:6-9 scripture refers to marriage being between a man and a woman.

We are simply trying to live by what we believe, and it has nothing to do with judging others.

I don’t think anybody would like to be asked to do something that goes against their beliefs.

Jill Mick

Rock Hill

Time for Harris Teeter to step up to plate on GMO labeling

Harris Teeter has long advertised its healthy food choices and touts local and organic food. But there is one key element missing: GMO labeling.

Independent polls show more than 90 percent of Americans favor GMO labeling.

As someone who cannot afford much of the food at Whole Foods, I’m frustrated by the fact that few other stores have an extensive selection of GMO-labeled products.

It’s Harris Teeter’s turn to respond to a consumer’s right to know what’s in their food.

Meredith Glaubach


In response to “Teach kids to cope before they fly the coop” (June 13 Viewpoint):

Our parents didn’t parent from a place of fear; neither should we

One of the hardest decisions was sending my 11-year-old away to camp. For the first time, he’ll need to figure out how to manage on his own.

He’ll either succeed or fail, but he’ll return a better child.

Too many youth from this generation can’t tolerate the slightest of difficulties. It’s a disservice that my generation and class of parents is causing.

Our parents didn’t parent from a place of fear, so why are we?

Romell Johnson