Dont put Plaza Midwood through streetcar misery
After witnessing the outrageous amount of time it took to construct a few blocks of rail on Elizabeth Avenue I can only imagine the debacle well face when they start marching it down Central Avenue.
Plaza Midwood residents will be stuck in this construction quagmire for years! It took over two years to install tracks on Elizabeth Avenue and that was only three blocks!
Please put funds carved out for the streetcar to better use.
Use Gold Rush buses in place of the streetcar and extend Lynx to the airport, University area, Lake Norman and South Park.
It is imperative to use our tax dollars wisely and not on another meaningless concept.
In response to The fireworks behind Harry Jones pay vote (Nov. 29 Editorial) and related articles:
Taxpayers pay the ultimate price for Jones lax leadership
The Observer is correct concerning Harry Jones his performance does not merit a raise. In fact, his performance has been in the toilet for quite some time. Mecklenburg taxpayers are getting short-changed.
County commissioners need to exhibit some backbone and find a better performing county manager who does not act like a spoiled brat in closed sessions.
Harry Jones is a legend in his own mind.
Barbara Helms Kerr
County leaders waited too long to address Jones performance
Harry Jones has long thought he was the emperor and commissioners were at his disposal.
How dare the commissioners not acquiesce to his demands!
Here is a county manager who has weathered one scandal after another in areas under his control, especially the Department of Social Services.
He should have been put on a short leash long ago.
Can this be the first step in the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners getting a backbone?
In response to Wrecks part of Independence Walmart store access issue (Nov. 29):
Dont wait for fatal accident; eliminate Walmart access now
Reducing the speed on East Independence Boulevard just to empty Walmarts parking lot makes little sense.
Jen Thompson of N.C. DOT said of the situation on Independence at the Walmart: That is dangerous. Every driver on Independence who goes by there shakes his/her head in disbelief that an exit was allowed there.
Ms. Thompson, close this exit onto the Independence freeway before the fatal wreck that is going to happen.
In response to Stuart Stevens Romney fought the good fight, and almost won (Nov. 30 Viewpoint):
Stevens entitled to opinion, but not his own math on Mitts loss
Stuart Stevens account certainly cant be considered a factual recitation of the election results: 47.38 percent compared to 50.9 percent of the popular vote and 206 to 332 electoral votes is not a narrow loss in presidential elections.
The reason Mitt Romney isnt the president-elect is math; he got far fewer votes in both cases than Barack Obama.
If the other information served up in his Op-Ed piece is any indication of his abilities, Stevens could also use some help separating fact from fiction.
Mary F. Englebert
In response to A welcome departure from a rigid pledge (Nov. 28 Editorial):
In defense of much-maligned Grover Norquist, his pledge
Grover Norquist and his pledge against new taxes is an easy target as we approach the fiscal cliff. The Observer obligingly attacked him in its Nov. 28 editorial. Now lets put the shoe on the other foot.
In order to put our fiscal house in order, it is essential to control spending, as well as increase tax revenue. Runaway entitlement programs threaten to bankrupt the country. Id like to see you ridicule Democrats who oppose any changes to Social Security as effectively as you do Mr. Norquist over tax policy.
Steven P. Nesbit
In response to Norquist pledge no joke, its a solemn vow not to be broken (Nov. 29 Forum):
Oath is to uphold Constitution, not a no tax increase pledge
Tell me that Forum writer Bonner Mills was just kidding when he wrote that the Norquist pledge should trump an elected officials oath to uphold the Constitution and the best interests of the people.
I have, over the last several election cycles, come to believe that some office holders quietly weigh party interests above all others, but now a published letter unabashedly lauding that approach to governance Really?
In response to Over-the-counter birth control pills gain support (Nov. 21):
Abortion issue is about babys rights, not mothers wants
Being pro-life, Im hearing a new reasoning to the pro-choice side that Ive not heard before.
Our society is now saying that abortion is right because women may face diminished financial prospects. This speaks to how our culture has gone from, its not a baby to it is a baby and my wants and needs come first at all cost.
Im old, and just watching our moral decline is so, so sad.
Ann Marie Lloyd