Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “As baseball advances, Reese retreats” (April 13):

I don’t miss major league ball, and won’t miss Jerry Reese

Minor league games have a different feel and rhythm than major league games, and minor league parks have a charm major league parks lack.

In a city that already has NFL and NBA teams, has Jerry Reese considered that we welcome this rhythm and charm?

It doesn’t mean that Charlotte is lacking or has low aspirations. It means that we can appreciate and welcome sports on different levels.

I doubt we’ll miss major league baseball, and I doubt we’ll miss Jerry Reese.

Andrea Long


In response to “The homosexual lobby in N.C. wants to redefine our culture” (April 13 Forum):

Gay marriage issue is about equality, not morality

Forum writer Sherwood Page has overlooked many “redefining” events in our history: women’s suffrage, Roe v. Wade, school desegregation, interracial marriage, coed dorms and military units, an African-American president, Obamacare, and legalized pot in some cities – none of which, so far, has led to the world coming to an end.

I don’t believe the LGBT community wants to redefine our culture as much as they want to share the joys, security, benefits and trials and tribulations of marriage – just like their hetero peers.

It’s an issue of equality, not morality!

Barry Sherbal


In response to “N.C. gay marriage views are changing” (April 14 Editorial):

Those polled on gay marriage may vote differently in private

There is a big difference between how people vote on social issues in the privacy of the booth and how they respond when confronted personally with polling questions.

To editorialize that gay marriage views are changing in North Carolina based on poll results, as opposed to the hard numbers of votes cast, can only be interpreted as the writers’ deliberate attempt to deceive readers.

George Schwab


In response to “  ‘Action!’ or ‘Cut!’ on film incentive?” (April 10 Editorial) and related articles:

Indecision on film incentives is costing North Carolina dearly

It’s OK to bring Dell and Chiquita here with big tax breaks, but not the film industry? And how did that work out?

A number of studios have already moved to Georgia. Numerous film and TV programs are filming near Atlanta.

With our legislative indecision we are killing the goose laying the golden egg, while Georgians are laughing all the way to the bank.

Lew Herman


In response to “I can’t afford to stay in teaching” (April 13 Viewpoint):

Charlotte, its leaders must make teacher pay a priority

My children’s schools have lost many of their best teachers due to low pay; other teachers have one foot out the door.

This is a troubling reality for my family. Unfortunately we’re the norm not the exception.

I recently heard a powerful phrase: “A budget is a moral and ethical document.” A budget represents our values.

I’ve always thought of Charlotte as a family-friendly community where we value our children, but lately I’m beginning to wonder.

I hope voters will call upon both our county commissioners and state legislators to prioritize teacher pay raises in their upcoming budget sessions.

Elyse Dashew


Change in N.C. tax law is hurting this state’s retirees

As a volunteer tax preparer for AARP, I am disturbed by a little known change in N.C. tax law that adversely affects our senior citizens.

Starting in 2014, the $2,000 exemption for private pensions and the $4,000 exemption for non-N.C. state retirees, as well as N.C. state retirees not vested by 1989, will go away.

The small reduction in tax rates in no way offsets this loss.

I am all in favor of tax reform, but certainly there are better ways to raise revenue than on the backs of our elderly who can least afford it.

Richard Shipman


In response to “Observer’s Siers wins Pulitzer for editorial cartoons” (April 15):

Siers paints a keen picture

of an ever-evolving Charlotte

Keep ’em coming, Kevin!

In the last 30 years Charlotte has continued to evolve and Kevin Siers has reminded us of how complicated life can be in a growing Southern town.

He has an uncanny ability to demonstrate the obvious in a picture worth a thousand words.

Keep up the good work.

Jay Alexander