Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 11.04.15

McCrory doesn’t have public’s back

In response to “McCrory held meeting to extend donor’s contracts” (Oct. 31) and related articles:

I know that the gubernatorial election is only a year away, but I sure wish a recall election were possible right now.

How can anyone believe that Gov. Pat McCrory has all the people of North Carolina as his major concern? That is not based on fact.

Serious situations require serious actions.

Tom Murdock, Charlotte

Fed up with biased coverage of McCrory

In response to “McCrory criticizes prison story” (Nov. 2) and related articles:

I wanted to express my disappointment in the Observer for presenting such biased coverage of Gov. Pat McCrory.

Even though you’ve chosen sides and gotten in the Democratic tank, that still doesn’t relieve your obligation to present fair and balanced news.

It may even increase your circulation.

There is a old saying: “Three things cannot be long hidden – the sun, the moon and the truth.”

Please present the fair and unbiased truth – we deserve that!

Walt Sikes, Charlotte

I’m disappointed in N. Tryon developers

In response to “Plans to improve Men’s Shelter bring conflict with North Tryon promoters” (Nov. 1):

Regarding the developers who are disturbed by facilities for the homeless on North Tryon Street, I can only say: “How do you sleep at night?”

Do these people have no concern for the needs of anyone but themselves?

Unfortunately, this being Charlotte, the developers will probably get what they want.

Carl King, Charlotte

We should all care about Clinton’s emails

A Monmouth University poll earlier this month found that 59 percent of the public is tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s emails, which means 59 percent of us are tired of hearing about Clinton’s use of a personal server for State Department business.

That is unfortunate: We all should care about confidential information and who has easy access to it – and who can steal it.

As an information security professional, I see Ms. Clinton’s decision to ignore risk as an egregious error.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s words about judging the content of a person’s character hold true.

Ellen Thompson, Charlotte

Chancellor pay hikes hurt students

In response to “12 chancellors get pay raises from 8% to 19%” (Nov. 3):

Kids are mortgaging their lives to pay tuition that goes for UNC chancellors who’ll now get raises on top of their already bloated salaries.

Jon Hoin, Charlotte

Stop trying to tear down Spellings

In response to “Spellings must accept gays or resign” (Nov. 3 Opinion):

Congratulations to Margaret Spellings on her new appointment as president of the UNC system.

The Board of Governors has made an excellent choice and it is wonderful to have a woman president!

Her proven passion for education, professional integrity, and career record speak for themselves.

However, it is troubling to see Glenda Gilmore try to destroy the messenger before she has a chance to deliver the message.

We are going to see a great opportunity for students and teachers to feel proud of our university system as it grows to become among the best.

Maria De Mayo, Charlotte

Spellings a ‘home run’? Not for me

In response to “Stop whining, support Margaret Spellings” (Nov. 1 Opinion):

Op-ed writer Phil Kirk tells us that a cabal of “exceptional leaders” “hit a home run” in choosing Margaret Spellings to head the UNC system, and that we should not question the secretiveness of the selection process.

The most telling word he uses is “whining,” which, to him, is what anyone who criticizes this process is doing.

He is the model of a modern Major-General Republican. I reject his arrogant, oligarchic, shut-up-and-swallow prescription telling us to shut up.

Darryl Spencer, Pineville

Impressed by your kindness, Charlotte

During a recent visit to Charlotte, I decided to wait outside Trader Joe’s while my family shopped.

In the space of less than 10 minutes, no fewer than three residents of your city stopped to inquire if I was OK or needed anything.

Although I am in my seventies, I am fit and quite capable, yet I could not help but be impressed by the concern shown to me.

You get my vote for caring city of the South!

Bruce M. Moyer, Emmaus, Penn.