In response to “Garment workers protest after deadly fire” (Nov. 27):
Our desire for cheap jeans fed flames of that factory fire
Most garment worker jobs have been shipped overseas to developing countries such as Bangladesh where workers make a government-mandated $37 per month, putting them at the world poverty level of $1.25 per day.
The Bangladeshi garment industry and Tazreen Fashions, operator of this factory, have been under scrutiny for years and ranked low in worker safety.
We in the wealthy countries are perpetuating misery in these nations by allowing such low pay and dangerous working conditions to exist. We’re allowing people to live like this in order to save a buck on a pair of jeans.
We should do better by them.
In response to “Council rejects Dilworth Walgreens” (Nov. 27):
City needs better plan to save properties like one in Dilworth
We in Dilworth are grateful to the Charlotte City Council for its vote, which supports the recently adopted corridor plan.
The real shame is that the buildings involved can be torn down for any other use.
Morehead Street, East Boulevard, Seventh Street, Tryon and other inner-city thoroughfares were once lined with beautiful houses that were destroyed. Now, there are only a few remaining to remind us.
In response to “City to try again on streetcar” (Nov. 26):
Streetcar a ‘boondoggle’ of the highest order; it’s irresponsible
When will city leaders figure out that the streetcar is not the will of the people?
I’m all for mass transit, and the Lynx is vital to Charlotte’s growth as a world-class city, but the streetcar is a boondoggle of massive proportions and serves no legitimate purpose.
This irresponsible spending – with vague and undocumented economic benefits – is exactly what Republicans rightfully oppose.
Stop calling them ‘Bush-era tax cuts’; Dems played crucial role
The closer we get to the fiscal cliff the more irritated I get with Democrats and Republicans who insist on referring to the Democrat-negotiated, automatic tax increase as the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts.
The current rates could just as readily be named for all 18 presidents we have elected since the start of the income tax in 1913.
The increase is a Democrat-negotiated tax increase on all income earners, including job creators, imposed on a fragile economy burdened with already-high tax rates and struggling under the weight of a bloated government.
The Republicans could just call it The Democrat Tax Increase. Be proud of it, Democrats.
In response to “Groups fight for position on ‘cliff’ ” (Nov. 26):
Taxing the rich not enough to keep U.S. from falling off ‘cliff’
The war chants for taxing the rich are reaching fever pitch once again. The so-called Buffet plan for taxing the wealthy, which President Obama supports, will generate only about $50 billion a year – about 3 percent of the projected annual deficit of $1.3 trillion.
A quick look at Mr. Obama’s budget on www.whitehouse.gov shows that total income from all taxes is barely enough to pay for just Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and interest on the debt.
The rest of government, from the military to meat inspectors, is in the deficit column. If nobody wants to share in the pain, nothing happens other than increasing the debt.
While soaking the wealthy makes for good political posturing and is even deserving of debate from a fairness point of view, I don’t buy into the myth that it alone solves anything.
In response to “Study: Pregnant teens need better school help” (Nov. 23):
Modernize custody laws to
help curb teen pregnancy
The writer is president of KN2P (KidsNeed2Parents).
Since most pregnant teens come from single-parent homes, why not figure out ways to keep more fathers there? One way is modernizing custody law to “presumed shared parenting” unless there is proven abuse or neglect. It makes no sense to turn dads away who want to be there, yet this is what typically happens in family court.
More than better school help, children need two involved parents. This means maximum time with both.
Some letters quote Bible, but writers show no compassion
In recent months the Observer has published many letters in the tone expressed by Forum writer Jane Gwilt in “Win or lose, I’ll never vote for party that caves to liberal view” (Nov. 26 Forum).
Although the Bible is often quoted or views expressed that are supposed to be Christian, I find the venom with which the letters are written to be totally aggressive and uncalled for.
Where is the benevolence or empathy for fellow human beings? I didn’t find one ounce of Christian compassion in that letter. How sad that these writers sound so bitter against those who do not hold the same views!
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