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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Wrecks part of Independence Walmart store access issues” (Nov. 29) and related articles:

Plan for Independence Blvd. flawed; speed limit too high

NCDOT increased the speed limit on Independence Boulevard in 2008 from 45 mph to 50 mph with the blessings of the City of Charlotte. The state wanted to increase it to 55 mph.

Anyone driving this section between Albemarle and Briar Creek roads knows the traffic moves at 70 mph, and I’ve never seen the N.C. Highway Patrol or Charlotte-Mecklenburg police write a ticket on this stretch.

The state should have purchased all the properties along Independence years ago and made this a true expressway.

Now, Charlotte taxpayers are having to pick up the tab to purchase the blighted buildings on Independence, which everyone knew would be the outcome.

Jim Plyler

Charlotte


In response to “The fireworks behind Harry Jones’ pay vote” (Nov. 30 Editorial):

Jones’ antics wouldn’t be tolerated in private sector

If Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones worked for a private company he would have been fired long ago.

Since his compensation comes on the backs of county taxpayers, commissioners shrug off his belligerent, disrespectful, inept attitude and continue to tolerate his narcissistic behavior.

Only in the public sector!

Dickie Benzie

Charlotte


In response to “Will Capitol Hill leaders bargain or battle?” (Nov. 24):

Support No Labels to end ‘hyper-partisan bickering’

The writer is the U.S. representative for North Carolina’s 11th District.

It was heartening to read about the bipartisan calls for Congress to act responsibly. Americans are rightfully tired of all the hyper-partisan bickering, and they’re ready for Congress to work together to solve our nation’s most pressing problems.

I couldn’t agree more.

That’s why I support the work of No Labels, a national movement of independents, Democrats and Republicans dedicated to a new politics of problem-solving. No Labels is a great model on how to exert grassroots pressure and build a Capitol Hill coalition that can fix our government and secure a more prosperous future for America.

As I return to Washington this week, I ask that my colleagues join me in this renewed call for civility: Let’s stop fighting, start fixing and work to make bipartisan problem solving the new normal on Capitol Hill. We owe it to America.

Rep. Heath Shuler

Asheville


In response to “Nothing like making love during war” (Nov. 28 Opinion):

What another West Point grad had to say about leadership

The writer is a 1983 West Point grad.

In response to Laura Cannon’s Op-Ed column, I offer the words of Gen. Robert E. Lee, West Point class of 1829:

“I cannot consent to place in the control of others one who cannot control himself.”

His comment was regarding officers who became inebriated, as quoted in “Personal Reminiscences, Anecdotes, and Letters of Gen. Robert E. Lee” (1875) by John William Jones, p. 170.

Eric C. Davis

Charlotte


In response to “Norquist pledge no joke, it’s a solemn vow not to be broken” (Nov. 29 Forum):

Let’s be real; Norquist pledge is a joke, but it’s not funny

Grover Norquist is simply a guy with loads of money to give to Republicans in exchange for a promise to never raise taxes.

He has never been elected to any responsible position by the voters.

Representatives make hundreds of promises when campaigning that they know they can never keep. The oath that does matter is that of protecting the Constitution.

Republicans who bought into Norquist’s demands simply were after campaign donations, and that can never be in the best interests of the people. It’s just part of the corrupt system that has become our Congress. Votes bought and paid for.

Alan Burns

Charlotte


In response to “No to Walgreens? Not the usual result” (Nov. 28):

All I see in Walgreens decision is hypocrisy on Council’s part

I can’t help but notice the hypocrisy of our elected officials on the Charlotte City Council.

Residents of Barclay Downs were told we must accept an eight-story 300,000-square-foot residential tower in our neighborhood, but a 23,000-square-foot single-story Walgreens is not the right fit for a heavily traveled commercial corner in Dilworth?

It seems District 6 representative Andy Dulin was less than truthful with his Barclay Downs neighbors when he said he could not stop or impact the Woodfield project. From where I sit, it appears council member Patsy Kinsey single-handedly stopped the Walgreens project.

Roy Smith

Charlotte


Glad to see Coca-Cola’s light display buck the “PC” trend

Kudos to Coca-Cola for its beautiful lighted display of the Christmas story in the heart of the SouthPark mall area.

It warms the cockles of my heart to ride by there and wonder how they managed to use that display year after year without controversy.

ACLU, stay out of this one!

Eleanor Anderson

Charlotte

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