Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 07.08.15

Donna Olsen
Donna Olsen

In response to “3 dead in separate area boating crashes” (July 6):

Time to license all boat drivers

If the state will not mandate a safe boating course and licensing of boaters, then the counties that make up the Lake Norman Marine Commission should do so.

This Fourth of July boaters were speeding in the channel, driving at night with docking lights on thinking they were headlights, and driving at a fast rate of speed with no lights on toward boats anchored to watch the fireworks.

How many more people need to die before safe boating education is mandated?

We license car drivers. Boaters should be licensed also.

Donna Olsen


In response to “Beyond the great toll lanes debate” (July 7):

Inflexible I-77 contract may squeeze out self-driving cars

There may well be a need to have I-77 toll lanes, but why N.C. DOT agreed to sign with Cintra and not issue its own bonds to have the contracted work done themselves perplexes me.

With talk of autonomous vehicles coming online in the next 10-15 years, N.C. DOT may well see a need to initially set aside interstate lanes in heavily traveled urban areas for these vehicles.

A 50-year contract with Cintra eliminates this flexibility.

Mark A. Mazzoni


In response to “After wild Daytona crash, experts offer 3 solutions” (July 7):

To prevent deaths, shut down tracks and rebuild corners

The NASCAR race at Daytona demonstrated, again, the potential for driver deaths and mass casualties.

Ultimately, no catch fence can reliably contain flipping, disintegrating cars racing at high speeds in a dense pack.

The only solution may be to shut down those tracks for a year, rip up the pavement and guard rails, and dramatically reduce the corner banking – so that cornering speeds differentiate the best drivers.

Challenging corners are the essence of motor racing, and three-abreast “racing” is a poor substitute.

David Banks

Lake Clear, N.Y.

In response to “Greece faces pressure to reboot bailout talks” (July 7):

Germany was shown mercy, now pay it forward to Greece

At the end of WWI, the victorious allies imposed upon Germany onerous financial terms to pay for war damages.

Most historians credit the harsh treatment of the Germans by the allies as fuel for the rise of Nazism and ultimately WWII.

Led by the U.S., the victors were more generous at the end of WWII, forgiving German debt, forgoing demands for reparations and instituting the Marshall plan for recovery.

Now the Germans are confronted with the question of whether to financially crush the Greeks. Paying forward the mercy extended to them would be an act of real leadership.

Ed Hinson


In response to “Marriage ruling has me wondering who’ll protect my constitutional rights” (July 6 Forum):

Founders advocated personal freedom, not just religious rights

Forum writer Sandi McGarrah is only partially right – the country was founded on personal freedom.

That means she has no right to impose her beliefs on anyone else. That protects her from me and me from her or anyone else.

Walter L. Davis Jr.


Grateful for generosity Charlotte has shown Salvation Army

The writer is retiring as Charlotte Area Commander of The Salvation Army.

As I reflect on the past three years in the Queen City, I wish to thank you for all the ways you have met the needs of our neighbors.

From raising $1.4 million to add 64 beds to the Center of Hope emergency shelter, to providing funding and mentors for the 1,510 children in our Boys & Girls Clubs, to providing Christmas gifts to more than 11,900 children, you have proven that your heart is huge.

You recognize needs, then put your heart and hands to work in developing lasting solutions – ones that offer dignity to every recipient.

My wife, Kay, and I are proud to have served alongside you.

Major Bobby Lancaster