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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Don’t 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 we’ll 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.

Marti McCracken

Charlotte


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

Charlotte

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?

Ed Garland

Charlotte


In response to “Wrecks part of Independence Walmart store access issue” (Nov. 29):

Don’t wait for fatal accident; eliminate Walmart access now

Reducing the speed on East Independence Boulevard just to empty Walmart’s 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.

Bill Herrington

Charlotte


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 Mitt’s loss

Stuart Stevens’ account certainly can’t 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 isn’t 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

Statesville


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 let’s 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. I’d 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

Charlotte

In response to “Norquist pledge no joke, it’s 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 official’s 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?

Geoffrey Planer

Gastonia


In response to “Over-the-counter birth control pills gain support” (Nov. 21):

Abortion issue is about baby’s rights, not mother’s wants

Being pro-life, I’m hearing a new reasoning to the pro-choice side that I’ve 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, “it’s not a baby” to “it is a baby and my wants and needs come first at all cost.”

I’m old, and just watching our moral decline is so, so sad.

Ann Marie Lloyd

Charlotte

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