Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Democrats must stop limiting power of labor unions in N.C.” (Jan. 30 Forum):

Right to Work is working in N.C.

The writer is president of The Employers Association.

The Right to Work law means employees do in fact have a choice, and can voluntarily join a union if they so choose.

In North Carolina, only 1.9 percent of the workforce has made the decision to join, lowest in the country, South Carolina is second lowest at 2.2 percent. Conversely, New York is highest at 24.6 percent.

I don’t see corporations, or employees, clamoring to leave North Carolina for New York. In fact, it is quite the opposite.

Kenny Colbert


In response to “Cuba wants U.S. out of Gitmo“ (Jan. 29):

Castro’s outrageous demands stem from Obama’s mistakes

I thought I was high on crazy pills when I read this article. Then, I realized that when negotiations are one-sided from the beginning, like President Obama allowed them to be with Cuba, you can understand why Cuban President Raul Castro is making all these demands, plus his Gitmo request, and his request to be taken off the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Maybe next on his list of demands will be a room at the White House.

Ramon de Armas


In response to “Obama proposes drilling off N.C.” (Jan. 28):

Drilling off N.C. coast is nuts; develop alternatives to oil

The debate about whether to drill off the N.C. coast is stunning in its denial of larger realities.

The more than 10,000 scientists worldwide working on the problem of climate change say we need to leave the majority of already discovered coal, oil and gas where it rests between now and 2050, or hand our kids a national and global catastrophe.

Drilling for more is nuts.

Political focus needs to be on how to help the climate-changing part of our energy economy shrink, while helping the renewable part to grow.

Our politicians should focus their attention on developing alternatives to oil, and stop chasing yesterday’s technology.

Francis P. Koster


In response to “Bill to curb vet suicides raises funding questions” (Jan. 25):

Take money Congress wastes and spend it on soldiers

The U.S. Senate is debating where funding to reduce soldier suicides will come from. Their solution: Take it from some other Veteran program.

How about taking it from Congress itself? Cut a staff position. Reduce your fact-finding trips.

Do something constructive. You and the last two presidents sent them there. Now take care of them.

Thomas Sutton

Indian Trail

In response to “Sponsors of NASCAR Hall slide to $110,000” (Jan. 29):

Leaving NASCAR Hall uptown will only speed its failure

I don’t for the life of me understand why the “powers that be” just don’t get it.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame belongs with the other race-themed attractions at or near Concord Mills mall.

Putting the NASCAR Hall uptown was just poor planning.

Leaving it there guarantees its failure.

L.V. Jones


In response to “Road to Hall not always easy for Scott” (Jan. 30):

Shared moment of joy for Wendell Scott sticks with me

My favorite memory of Wendell Scott was being at the 1972 World 600 in Charlotte where promoter Richard Howard arranged for Scott to drive a new, Junior Johnson-built race car.

When Scott was introduced a huge cheer went up from the crowd, most of whom were Southern white boys like me.

Scott was a role model for many. His lifestyle of hard work and love of family should serve as an example to us all.

Dan Houston

York, S.C.

Palin divorced from reality? She’s not alone in that

While many commentators have dismissed Sarah Palin’s recent speech to a Republican conference in Iowa as being absolutely incoherent, hopelessly naïve, jingoistic, and completely divorced from any true economic reality, I thought she did a perfect job of describing the GOP agenda. What are people complaining about?

William D. Charnock