In response to City to weigh money for stadium upgrades (Sept. 20):
No question, use public dollars to help upgrade BofA stadium
I suggest the politicos of Charlotte heed ESPN Steve Youngs description of NFL football as inelastic for demand meaning there is no financial limit to the publics desire for it.
BofA Stadium is a jewel in the crown of 32 cities privileged to have NFL teams, and those cities must do whatever it takes to keep up with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones $1.1 billion diamond in his crown.
The answer to public dollars to help BofA Stadium improvements should be Absolutely, 100 percent. Otherwise, picture Charlotte without the Panthers.
In response to Fear, lying politicians and trust (Sept. 20 Viewpoint):
Hard to trust those who failed
to protect ambassador Stevens
I think Op-Ed writer James Howell must be living on another planet. His words would not be appropriate for the Syrians, or those who lived in Nazi Germany, or for that matter our ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens.
A quote I find far more appropriate is: Our government conceived in freedom and purchased with blood can be preserved only by constant vigilance. (William Jennings Bryan)
The naivety of the Obama administration not to protect Chris Stevens was shameful.
In response to Senate GOP votes down Veterans Jobs Corps (Sept. 20):
Support our troops, oust GOP senators who blocked jobs bill
As a veteran, I find it not only disappointing, but mean-spirited that Senate Republicans blocked the proposal to reduce unemployment among veterans.
Unemployment among veterans approaches 11 percent, well above the national average of 8.1 percent. Seems like we could afford them a little assistance.
For those who ride around with bumper stickers saying Support our troops, you can make a difference for our brave soldiers by voting out of office those senators who opposed the jobs bill for our veterans.
Siers cartoon dead on; Romney wont protect interests of all
Kudos to Editorial cartoonist Kevin Siers for his cartoon contrasting FDR and JFKs societal convictions to that of Mitt Romney (Sept. 19 Opinion).
The Republican stratagem for America is a Dickensian one. It is indeed frightening to consider the deplorable depths to which the least among us would be consigned.
And Romney says he wants to be president of all the people.
In response to Capitalism and government are friends, not competitors (Sept. 20 Viewpoint):
Government should be umpire of marketplace, not its parent
Alex Marshall totally mischaracterizes the government/private marketplace relationship as one of parent to child. Its more like that of umpire to player.
Government does not create markets; people do, and they did so long before governments existed. Governments came about to enable markets to function more smoothly.
Dont need a cool president, just one with record of success
This presidential election is about who we really are. Do we want a man who oozes cool and is an accomplished speaker? Or a man who can be less than judicious in his public utterances, but his life is replete with the types of successes this nation needs to turn us around?
President Obama inherited a mess; no doubt about it. Not only has he failed to get us out of the ditch, were now in deeper.
Everything emanates from the strength of our economy from our ability to grow, to our standing in the world.
As a nation, do we want to roll up our sleeves and get to work; or sit on our backsides and wait for someone to take care of us? The choice is ours. Lets get started.
Robert W. Shirley
In response to The 47 percent of tax nonpayers: Who are they? (Sept. 19):
No matter who nonpayers are, too many in U.S. are dependent
Of course there are many these days who are working hard but pay no federal income tax due to modest income. But lets recognize that never before have so many depended on government, rather than themselves.
Before the 60s, it was considered an embarrassment to have to ask for charity. Now its considered by too many to be an entitlement. It is beyond shocking when 60 percent of Democrats agree government should expect to take care of people.
Patricia S. Broderick
Romneys words show hes out of touch; were not slackers
Lets not forget the real cause of the trillions of dollars erased from our 401(k)s. It was the direct result of corporate greed enabled by ethically compromised politicians.
Its easy to fall for the rhetoric that we live in a nation of slackers. Americans, when given a chance, are some of the hardest working people in the world.
The reality is that opportunities have dried up due to off-shoring, while the mega-millionaires and billionaires keep lining their pockets with profits.