New Finch makes us examine ourselves
In response to “Revisiting Harper Lee’s ‘Mockingbird’” (Aug. 2 Dannye Romine Powell column):
It’s easy to be wooed by the sweet and just story that “To Kill a Mockingbird” is. The stretch is “Go Set a Watchman,” on whose pages Atticus Finch is real. He’s upper crust, a beloved patriarch, ethical to a degree and a racist. He is the light and dark of all if we are brave enough to look in the mirror.
Truth, ugly and beautiful, is often predicated upon the “didactic” and the “wooden” Powell disapproves. Individuals throughout history are crucified upon such planks.
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We should pay attention to “Watchman.” Didactic or not, the individual conscience is crucial.
L. B. Green, Davidson
McCain opened gates with Palin choice
While we look forward to Thursday’s GOP “presidential” debate, let’s remember we’re waiting for an official apology from John McCain. By letting loose Sarah Palin onto the campaign trail, Sen. McCain set the precedent of inviting blithering idiots into our relatively rational and dignified politics. Donald Trump may impugn McCain’s war service, but I condemn McCain’s desperate attempt to derail the election of 2008 with a failed celebrity-ish imposter. That gambit has opened Pandora’s box.
Steve Craig, Charlotte
Trump will make for good TV this week
Thursday’s debate promises to be the best show on the planet since the Ali/Frazier “Thrilla in Manilla”! So many Americans are fed up with sleazy politicians and a media that instead of reporting news, insists on creating it. Many viewers hope Donald Trump will make a gaffe, while others hope that he, with his merciless laser eyes, points to many politicians and issues his coup de grace: “You’re fired!”
Barry Marshall, Charlotte
Add Palin to Trump? That’s the last straw
That Donald Trump would even consider Sarah Palin for a post in his administration puts the kibosh on his circus-like campaign.
Herb Stark, Mooresville
Can’t Democrats offer more than this?
In his comic strip “Doonesbury,” Garry Trudeau enjoys poking fun at Republicans running for president. The Democratic field should be his target for humor. Of the five candidates, only Martin O’Malley and Lincoln Chafee are under Social Security retirement age. The front-runner, Hillary Clinton, has significant liabilities and no appreciable qualifications other than her family name and her gender. Jim Webb has the strongest credentials but is given no chance because he is not sufficiently liberal. Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist, is a political gadfly. The story of this election should be the dearth of qualified people in the Democratic field.
Steven P. Nesbit, Charlotte
Clamp down on all hiring illegal labor
In response to “Where’s GOP call to punish employers?” (Aug. 2 Forum):
Forum writer Michael A. Clark forgot to include one of the largest culprits who hire illegal immigrants. Homeowners hiring illegal labor for lawn cutting, painting, roofing, electrical and plumbing work undercut the law-abiding contractors who have local business licenses, state contractor licenses, carry insurance and pay their taxes. If we are to clamp down on employers that hire illegal aliens, then we need to clamp down on them all.
Bryan Maas, Charlotte
Fetal material should be donated, not sold
As a pro-lifer, I have a problem with abortion to begin with, but unfortunately it is the law. The taxpayers of America (whether pro-life or choice) fund Planned Parenthood to the tune of over half a billion dollars per year, so why doesn’t Planned Parenthood donate fetal material for research rather than profit from it? Deliver the fetus in a humane way, and pay-it-forward by giving it to research to help someone else. It would be the right thing to do.
Mike Wilhelm, Mint Hill
Inbee Park’s play deserves attention
I am disappointed that The Observer again chose not to recognize a female golfer who made golfing history. Inbee Park completed the grand slam at age 27 Sunday. Yet there was hardly a mention of it in the paper. If this had been Tiger Woods it would have been on the front page or at least in the guts of the sports section. When will female athletes get the same respect as men?
Chris Turner, Charlotte