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In response to “Light-rail extension moves to fast track” (Oct. 16):

Lynx light-rail doesn’t add up; taxpayers being taken for a ride

When the Lynx light rail was proposed to Charlotte taxpayers, we were told we’d get a 10.3-mile line for $227 million.

Instead, we got 9.6 miles for almost half a billion. We are now being told they’ll extend it by 9.2 miles for $1.16 billion.

If those cost estimates hold, which history tells us they won’t, Charlotte taxpayers – as well as state and federal taxpayers – will be paying $126 million per mile for a train. What a bargain!

Andrew Thiel

Charlotte


Tired of all the ads about tax records; that’s a non-issue

I’m amazed at the number of political ads that focus on a candidate’s release of personal income tax returns, from local races up to the presidency.

With all the enormous problems and issues that threaten our country and this world, are candidates running these ads suggesting this is a reason to vote one way or another?

Doesn’t the IRS evaluate their returns for compliance with tax laws? If they uncovered something, we’d hear about it. Seeing candidates’ tax returns would not affect our national security, economy, or help create a job. In order to vote, I don’t need to see their returns – or elementary school transcripts.

David N. Russell

Charlotte


Lesson of UNC Chapel Hill legacy lost on Matt Kupec

Having worked with UNC Chapel Hill fundraiser Matt Kupec for eight years, I find the juxtaposition of his recent resignation and Bill Friday’s passing especially poignant.

During his more than 25 years of service, Matt had the privilege of working for and with many great leaders who made significant contributions to the university and left great legacies.

Given his role as the university’s chief fundraiser, Matt also had the privilege and honor of having many conversations with donors about their legacy as they considered making extraordinary gifts.

That Matt could be so careless with his own legacy makes me sad for him, his family and for the University.

Chris McLeod

Charlotte


In response to “At rally, Farrakhan urges Obama to fight” (Oct. 15):

Farrakhan blind to growing racial harmony I see around me

Most white people I know are willing to accept blacks as equals and friends. But along comes the Rev. Louis Farrakhan and incites racial animosity.

Rev. Farrakhan, open your eyes so you can see that the vast majority of whites are ready to embrace blacks as brothers. Just extend your hand to those reaching out for yours and do not threaten to chop off their hands of friendship.

Barry Marshall

Charlotte


In response to Leonard Pitts’ “Add Malala to those who fight for truth” (Oct. 14 Viewpoint):

Here’s a way to honor and protect brave Pakistani girl

I would like to nominate Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize. I think she is more deserving than the recent politicians. Plus, the publicity might help protect her.

Dennis DeBalso

Hickory


World-class? Not that gyrating Madonna on big screen uptown

Stopped at a red light in uptown Charlotte recently, my children and I were confronted by the sad state of American culture. Just beyond the light, we were accosted by a large screen with a larger-than-life image of a gyrating Madonna in all her pornographic ignominy.

Yes, she was wearing something intended to pass for clothing. But check your nearest dictionary. Pornography deals with eroticism, not nudity. Madonna’s gyrations clearly fit the definition of pornography.

Charlotte, if your goal in displaying pornography in city streets is world-class carnality, then congratulations, you have arrived.

Julianna Burgess

Boone


Fix economic mess by requiring more goods be ‘Made in USA’

The economy is moving sideways, GDP growth limited and job growth anemic. So what’s the solution? “Made in the USA.”

It can be by consumer choice out of patriotism, or by trade deals that require at least 50 percent of any manufactured item to be made here as a condition of selling it here.

Seems to me the issue is bigger than tax-and-spend Democrats or spend-and-spend GOP that only add to the national debt. The real issue is jobs.

Why can’t our politicians work for us, not big-monied special interests?

Dick Neidich

Charlotte


In response to “Court clears S.C. voter ID law” (Oct. 11):

For me, online voter registration in S.C. reveals a greater truth

South Carolina wants to enact a voter ID law to prevent alleged fraud, yet on Oct. 2 they began allowing online registration.

We all know the ID thing is a political strategy to prevent certain demographics from voting. With computer theft and viruses rampant, why do they think online registration is secure?

This convinces me that the GOP is fraudulent in concepts. The closer we get to Election Day, I am looking “left.”

Patrick Morgan

Charlotte

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