In response to “What’s next after ‘no’ vote?” (June 14) and related articles:
Rethink ‘no’ vote on budget,
but you can skip that streetcar
Installing streetcar rail lines on Elizabeth Avenue disrupted that street for almost three years. Imagine the disruption expansion would entail.
There are already bus lines in that area. Spending millions on such a wasteful endeavor would be foolishness.
The rest of the increases in the proposed city budget would benefit much of our community. Let’s encourage the Charlotte City Council to rethink its negative vote of last week.
Nancy Rudy Kiefer
Based on budget vote, I know who to vote against next time
Mecklenburg County revalued my home for more than it appraises for. The appeals process denied a reasoned argument for fairness.
Now City Manager Curt Walton wants a bloated budget in a struggling economy, so he needs yet another 8 percent of my money.
This, Mayor Anthony Foxx, is what I call “irresponsible.”
I’ve voted for Foxx and Patsy Kinsey in all of their campaigns for city office. The responsible thing for me to do is to put them on notice that they’ve probably received their last vote from me.
Remember, you work for the taxpayers; start acting like it
Some of the decisions City Council makes in operating the city do not take into consideration that they work for the people who elected them.
You should allow the citizens to vote on special interest projects – although you ignored our “no” vote on the arena.
Now you want to spend our money on a baseball stadium.
I will surely remember who wants to keeping taking our money and spending unwisely.
Enough taxes already!
Find alternative to workers comp in N.C. and jobs will flow
Conservatives are concerned about over regulation killing businesses, and they’re right.
Let me give you an example of one of the biggest business killers: workers comp insurance in North Carolina. I know protecting workers is very important, but the exorbitant price employers have to pay is killing business. There must be a better way.
If North Carolina can come up with a way that is less costly for business owners, you’ll see a heyday in hiring.
In response to Dana Milbank “A pileup of bad news for the president” (June 14 Viewpoint):
Stop trying to pin everything
that goes wrong on Obama
The election isn’t until November and Dana Milbank’s laundry list of bad news will not only be forgotten, but will have been replaced by other good and bad news many times over.
If you want to turn Commerce Secretary John Bryson’s accident into some kind of national calamity, I guess you can try, but please stop trying to tie everything that goes wrong inside and outside of government to the president.
Sean Hannity already has that covered.
In response to “UNC professor’s rendezvous became a drug nightmare” (June 14):
Accused UNC professor has some nerve; so do liberals
Outrageous that a UNC Chapel Hill professor is busted for drug trafficking in South America. Outrageous that he’s not fired, though he obviously cannot teach from a prison cell.
More outrageous is that he sues to have his salary resumed. Even more outrageous: That he was paid in the six figures with a teaching load of two courses a year – not a semester, a year.
And the liberals have the temerity to contend that higher education in the state system is underfunded!
Philip M. Van Hoy
Virginia is preparing for sea level rise, N.C. should be too
According to a 2008 study, southeastern Virginia will experience a rise in sea level of over nine feet between 2020 and 2100, only 88 years from today.
Northeastern North Carolina has similar geographic conditions, so will have similar results.
Edenton, N.C., my hometown, is only eight feet above sea level though more than 40 miles from the ocean. Edenton and the surrounding area will be underwater. For North Carolina this would mean the loss of its best farm land, numerous historic sights, many military bases, etc.
Virginia is studying means to deal with this catastrophe, including the construction of dikes. Maybe we should treat the problem with a similar sense of urgency.
In response to David Brooks “Monuments, power and ‘followership’.” (June 13 Viewpoint):
My idea for that monument
to Dwight D. Eisenhower
Reproduce in marble the famous black and white photo of Ike speaking to his troops just prior to D-Day, placed within the planned Greek columns left open to the sky. In this way we would show the strength of the man sharing the same with his American countrymen at the pivotal moment in his life and one of the seminal moments in his country’s history.