Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 11.06.15

Robert Scharff
Robert Scharff

Kudos to Roberts for a clean campaign

In response to “Jennifer Roberts is Charlotte’s next mayor” (Nov. 4):

We cannot say enough good things about the way our new mayor Jennifer Roberts ran her campaign.

She got out and met as many people as she could and listened to what they had to say. She exuded optimism, insight, hope and compassion.

It was one of the cleanest campaigns we have seen in a very long time. Refreshing is the word that comes to mind.

Well done, Jennifer!

Kris and Ric Solow, Charlotte

Embarrassing that fewer than 15% voted

Sigh... Only 14.7 percent of registered Mecklenburg County voters actually cast their vote this election.

Embarrassing! With options of absentee ballots and weekend early voting, there is no excuse not to dedicate 10 minutes of one’s energy and time to just show up and vote.

Just show up!

Aviva Stein, Charlotte

I see a pattern in McCrory moral code

In response to “Does governor have an ethics blind spot?” (Nov. 5 Editorial):

At least Gov. McCrory remains true to his ingrained characteristics: He’s listed as a partner in his brother’s firm, but not a business partner; he doesn’t disclose Duke Energy stock gains appropriately; he doesn’t hear during a special meeting with a donor/contractor present; and he doesn’t believe this is his problem.

Seems like he doesn’t get it when that is to his advantage.

Tom Lewis, Charlotte

Debates don’t decide my presidential vote

A presidential campaign is about electing the man who will be the best president, not the man who is best at bad-mouthing his opponents.

At present, I like John Kasich because he has done a good job governing Ohio, and I believe he would do a good job as president.

I don’t even watch the debates because I believe they are just for entertainment and give little information about who would be the best president.

Robert Scharff, Charlotte

Questions may be unfair, tell the truth

I have long been critical of debate questions. While the candidates last week had some merit in criticizing some of the questions, it does not give them license to be untruthful.

PolitiFact, a nonpartisan fact checker, noted as “false” statements made by Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump.

Marco Rubio was also vilified by pundits for being indignant about his personal and campaign financial issues, which are part of the public record.

Candidates have less right to complain about questions when their answers lack veracity.

Keith Wilson, Charlotte

Beautiful coliseum; ditch the tacky sign

In response to “Revamped coliseum to make debut” (Nov. 5):

I cannot believe we spent $16 million of our taxes renovating the old coliseum and allow Bojangles’ to keep their gaudy logos plastered all over the classic, beautiful building.

Now, it looks like a giant fast-food joint.

It’s heartbreaking to drive down Independence Boulevard and see the 20-foot red and yellow Bojangles’ hiding the beauty of one of Charlotte’s gems of the past.

Bill Herrington, Charlotte

Sometimes a little whining is warranted

The regrettable headline “Stop whining, support Margaret Spellings” (Nov. 1 Opinion) was an Observer creation.

Still, it recalls certain tendencies to tell the commoners to “relax.”

Justice Anthony Scalia showed us the full measure of contempt, telling those who dared lament his vote to give George W. Bush the White House to just “get over it.”

Actually, Tony ol’ boy, we will be 30 to 40 years recovering from Bush’s accession, if ever.

Fifteen years on, the world is on fire. I feel a little whining and regretting is in order.

Steve Craig, Charlotte

Spend on dangerous trees, not resurfacing

An unnecessary resurfacing project is underway on Blakeney-Heath Road.

It’s a waste of taxpayer money.

There have been a few minor potholes from time to time, which were quickly patched up.

The money spent on resurfacing should be allocated to cutting down tree limbs that overhang the road between Elm Lane and the old Blakeney Home.

Eventually someone will be injured or killed when one of these limbs falls. They are a hazard waiting to turn into a disaster.

Ron Feuer, Charlotte