In response to “City to meet with Panthers on stadium” (Oct. 11):
Put stadium renovation off until team improves, more seats full
I am 100 percent a Panthers fan. However, I do not think that the proposal to renovate Bank of America Stadium is a wise idea. I’ve been to multiple Panthers games and seats are often empty. With this year’s losing streak and a huge prime-time upset, renovation seems unnecessary.
In response to “TV trends that deserve the unwelcome mat” (Oct. 11 Style):
Viewers, tell Hollywood you won’t tolerate indecent sitcoms
The photo in Thursday’s Entertainment section showing the sitcom “The New Normal” was anything but normal. The depiction of pregnant men was degrading to men and women.
What does it take to shock good people into speaking out against Hollywood’s definition of what we find funny or accept as normal? Hey Hollywood, can we expect future sitcoms set in abortion clinics or themed around slavery or child abuse?
If we watch these shows and buy from their sponsors, we encourage more encroachment upon decency.
In response to “U.S. sues Wells over ‘reckless’ lending” (Oct. 10):
Fault for home-loan mess lies with Congress, not bankers
Wish I were on this jury. Wells Fargo would “walk” in a heartbeat.
If governmental urging and regulatory practice had not been so persuasive, one could blame lenders for their actions.
But lenders were simply following orders. To have done otherwise would have produced regulatory sanctions.
It is easy to identify “fat cat bankers” as the culprit here. But, if anyone is to bear ultimate blame for the home loan mess, it is Congress and its implementation of these ill-conceived policies.
In response to “Comparing tax apples to tax apples, Romney looks good” (Oct. 9 Forum) :
Point is, greater portion of
my income goes to pay taxes
Forum writer Stephen Speer said we should focus on the fact that Mitt Romney paid $1.9 million in taxes rather than that he paid only 14 percent on $13.7 million. Well, Mr. Speer, here’s some apples for ’ya…
Thirty percent of my $30,000 salary will have a much greater negative impact on me than 30 percent of $13.7 million would have on Romney and others who make that kind of money, especially when it’s made on the backs of people who make a lot less. Because of their greed and selfish attitudes, I don’t expect them to just “do the right thing.”
But I do expect working-class America to stand up and hold them accountable.
Romney’s taxes a non-issue
for me; he’s following the law
I don’t care how much Romney or anyone else earns or pays in taxes as long as it is done legally and within tax codes.
Those complaining the most and loudest seem to be the same people who enacted the laws and codes Romney seems to be following. I’d venture to say these same people in Congress are using the same tactics as Romney. If he was not within the law, the IRS would be investigating.
In response to “Romney must think we’ll forget those jobs that went overseas” (Oct. 7 Forum):
Reform labor, tax regulations to keep jobs from going overseas
Before we condemn Romney for sending jobs overseas, one must understand the reasons jobs go off-shore in the first place. Off-shore employment occurs to either fulfill foreign demand for goods and services more efficiently, or the labor, tax and regulatory environment make off-shore production more competitive.
If we are truly serious about bringing jobs back to the U.S., we must reform the labor, tax and regulatory environments to ensure global competitiveness.
Until then, employers will continue to seek business practices that allow them to remain competitive in an ever-increasingly global economy.
Dalton’s negative, unproductive campaign ads really bother me
North Carolina’s unemployment rate is one of the nation’s highest at 9.7 percent, and we face major challenges in dealing with health care reform.
These and other critically important policies should be front and center.
I appreciate Pat McCrory’s positive, solution-centered approach, which has been evident throughout the campaign. He has my support for guiding our state toward a more productive future.
In response to “Shaping UNC’s renewal” (Oct. 11 Viewpoint):
New chancellor must restore UNC Chapel Hill’s reputation
UNC Chapel Hill has a reputation as one of the nation’s leading universities. Endless lists of former students recognized for their work validate this claim.
I graduated from Chapel Hill, as did many in my family. We are sad to see the reputation of this fine university diminished by recent activities.
With the resignation of the current chancellor, I hope the new leader will come with the mandate to restore excellence to the name of the university.