Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 03.09.16

William Charnock
William Charnock

2016 race needed Bloomberg boost

In response to “Bloomberg says he won’t run on third-party ticket” (March 8):

With Michael Bloomberg’s decision not to run for president. – and who can blame him? – we lose the chance to raise the level of discourse and bring dignity and respect for the office to the debate. Opportunity missed.

Sharon Kugelmass, Charlotte

Trump will stand up to GOP’s big donors

In response to “Trump worries N.C. GOP leaders” (March 6):

Of course the GOP is terrified of Donald Trump.

But it isn’t because of his barely veiled racism or embrace of anti-intellectualism. The Republicans are comfortable with both of those.

It is his willingness to stand up to the donor class that scares the pants off the GOP.

William D. Charnock, Charlotte

Foul language over lies? I’ll take Trump

After reading excerpts from speeches that Hillary Clinton made in recent years, it would seem that Democrats supporting her have no room to criticize anything Donald Trump says.

Would I rather hear Donald’s language or Hillary’s blatant lies?

Believe me, I’ll take the language.

Not what I had hoped for, but deception from Hillary surely makes me question the Democratic voting public. Scary, all of it.

Elizabeth Warren, Charlotte

With Trump, GOP is reaping what it sowed

I agree that the Republican party has caused its own downfall.

In its zeal to demonize and obstruct everything associated with President Obama, the Republican Party embraced Donald Trump and others who popularized the idea that the president is a Muslim; that he was born outside the United States, and accused him of everything, including treason.

Trump has seized upon seven years of gridlock and vicious rhetoric to lead a populist revolt against the Washington establishment.

You reap what you sow.

Joseph J. Salerno, Charlotte

Clinton endorsement was beyond puzzling

In response to Our View “For president: Kasich, Clinton” (March 6 Editorial):

How can the Observer possibly endorse a candidate with all of the known flaws of Hillary Clinton?

It is beyond my comprehension to believe a person who has done so many questionable things in her career could be your choice for the Democratic nominee.

Your selection of John Kasich is appropriate, but your choice of Clinton is absurd. I simply don’t know how you can endorse her with a clear mind.

America deserves better.

Robert Bliss, Morganton

Tarwater guided CHS to new heights

In response to “Retiring CEO talks growth, change” (March 6):

Long a student of outstanding leaders, I had the privilege of serving as a commissioner at Carolinas HealthCare System for eight years, until I retired last December.

Reading this article gave me time to reflect on those years watching Michael Tarwater lead a growing and complex organization to new heights on virtually every front, most important, quality of care.

He has demonstrated the ability to forge an outstanding management team, including some of the best healthcare providers in the nation.

We’re excited about welcoming his successor, Gene Woods, but the community and region will surely miss Michael’s guiding hand.

He has left an outstanding legacy and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to witness his leadership firsthand.

Larry Polsky, Charlotte

N.C. makes it hard on absentee voters

I am a one-year resident of Charlotte who registered to vote last summer.

I moved here from Oregon and have voted since 1972. Voting in Oregon has been solely by mail since 1998.

Here, I received my absentee ballot only to find that it requires either two witnesses or a notary!

This discourages voting and is ridiculous for an absentee vote. My ID and signature on file should be enough.

How non-progressive this is for a city that prides itself on progress!

Delores Teller, Charlotte

Editor’s note: According to the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, absentee voters must mark their ballot in the presence of two witnesses or a notary unless they are active military. Unlike some states, North Carolina does not have signature verification software.