Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 07.31.15

Rabon overstepping his bounds on DOT

In response to Eric Frazier “The N.C. Senate’s job-killing folly” (July 30 Opinion):

A veterinarian from Southport thinks he is the lead authority on how to staff and run the NCDOT!

N.C. Sen. Bill Rabon has no shame. The Republican medieval blood-letting continues.

Lucky for Gov. Pat McCrory that he has such a fine head of hair – plenty of reserve as he must pull some out daily dealing with the radicals in his party!

Jeff D. Williams, Charlotte

Save 7 cents on gas, but at what cost?

In response to “Charlotte meets U.S. air standards” (July 30):

Does anyone in Washington or Raleigh see the irony in “winning” the air pollution battle and being awarded the “prize” of selling gasoline that does not meet the strictest standards for reducing air pollution? Is that 7 cents a gallon really worth it for future generations?

Anna Wilbanks, Charlotte

Days of big game hunting must end

I hope that Cecil, the beloved Zimbabwean lion, did not die in vain.

Perhaps his death and the shame that has rained down upon his killer will induce other big game "hunters" to lay down their weapons and let these African animals be.

Whether or not they are in a protected preserve, their lives are too precious to be sacrificed simply because someone has money, audacity, and ego sufficient to kill them.

The day of the big game hunter has passed.

Everett J. Bowman, Charlotte

Don’t let N.C. hide execution details

In response to “Senate votes to hide execution details” (July 29):

To any citizen of North Carolina, especially those of us opposed to capital punishment, the senate’s voting to end public disclosure of the drugs used for executions should be profoundly disturbing.

The “state” is all of us. Any time an execution is carried out it is done so in our names and we have the right to know how it is done.

If the details are hidden from us, it can only be surmised that it is cruel and unusual punishment.

Amy Keith, Charlotte

Some Girl Scout leaders are male

In response to “Scout leaders tout ‘common ground’” (July 29):

I read with surprise the claim by Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary that straight men aren’t allowed to be Girl Scout leaders.

As a former Girl Scout troop leader, I knew and worked with male troop leaders, and was forever indebted to my troop cookie manager, a committed dad who served in that role with distinction.

Like any responsible youth organization, Girl Scouts USA screens and trains all its adult volunteers, and does not discriminate based on gender or sexual preference.

Mr. Land and I do agree on one thing – that the Boy Scouts should follow the Girl Scouts’ logic in leader requirements.

Cary Anne Melton, Charlotte

N.C. reaping what it sowed on education

In response to “CMS could face hiring scramble” (July 29):

Statewide concern about school starting because of funding?

North Carolina started down this path some years back with its shoddy treatment of education in general, and specifically teachers.

The result: teacher salaries frozen, followed by pay raises that devalue career teachers. Also, no budget for materials, fewer teacher assistants, and an evaluation system that encourages graduating students who’ve failed to measure up.

Yes, these things are happening and North Carolina is reaping what was sown.

Kenneth M. Kyzer, Charlotte

Confederate tags honor family history

In response to Peter St. Onge “Who can change the Confederate plate?” (July 29 Opinion):

Preventing Sons of Confederate Veterans members from obtaining these tags would be a shame.

They are honoring their family’s past history. To me, these tags are no more objectionable than plates for Ducks Unlimited or UNC.

While I appreciate that some view the Confederate flag as a racial icon, banning this tag is a affront to the idea of freedom of speech.

Besides does the state really want to give up the revenue these and other such tags generate?

If so, then if you’re going to ban one, be equal in your condemnation. Just ban them all.

Charles Moore, Matthews