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My plan would benefit drivers, neighbors along Independence

Here’s a win-win solution: Close off outbound traffic from the Walmart parking lot onto East Independence Boulevard and rejoin the Walmart lot to that of the old Coliseum Shopping Center next door.

Divert all outgoing traffic through that lot to the old main entrance across from Woodland Drive.

Outbound traffic would then have much more distance to negotiate a merge onto or traverse across Independence.

Those of us who live in the area would perhaps acquire a real diversity of merchants again in the Coliseum center.

We lost many retailers and service providers when N.C. DOT made Independence a throughway to raise traffic speeds.

Lowering them again without offering us anything in return would double the insult.

Dave Lathrop

Charlotte


In response to “Glad to see Coca-Cola’s light display buck the “PC” trend” (Nov. 30 Forum):

Religious displays on private land aren’t ACLU’s concern

Forum writer Eleanor Anderson, the reason the ACLU hasn’t objected to Coca-Cola’s display is because it is on private land. If the display was government sponsored and on public land, the ACLU probably would object, as they should, since it would be a clear violation of the Constitution.

The main focus of the ACLU – as you apparently have not noticed despite your demonization of it – is to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties the Constitution and laws guarantee everyone in this country.

Matt Robertson

Charlotte


I applaud senators pressing Rice for answers on Benghazi

How utterly irresponsible of you to publish the Nov. 29 Kevin Siers cartoon implying that the senators questioning Susan Rice’s attempt at misguiding the public about the deaths in Benghazi are crazed conspiracy theorists.

They are to be commended for demanding answers.

The press has failed to investigate why for 10 days the administration pitched the story that the murders resulted from a spontaneous mob responding to a YouTube video, all in the face of known facts that al Qaida terrorists killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.

Susan Rice is either a liar or incredibly ignorant.

No matter which, either disqualifies her to be considered for the position of secretary of state.

Lee Ann McGinnis

Charlotte


In response to “Faculty, leaders clash over ASU prof” (Nov. 29):

It’s professor’s job to challenge students to think deep

The writer is an English professor at UNC Charlotte.

Appalachian State University administrator Linda Foulsham criticizes professor Jammie Price for “a consistent pattern of…making students feel uncomfortable” regarding issues such as race, sex, political affiliation, or status as an athlete or ASU student.

If this got professor Price in trouble with university administration, then I and some of my UNC Charlotte colleagues should have been given “professional development plans” – or pink slips – years ago.

We consistently invite our students to find parallels between the racist and sexist policies of the past – which appear in the books we teach – and current abuses, such as the fiery deaths of Bangladeshi garment workers who make jeans for Wal-Mart or the exploitation of student athletes at UNC Chapel Hill so winning seasons may continue.

Jim McGavran

Charlotte


In response to Fannie Flono “Polarized politicians and lagging public trust” (Nov. 30 Opinion):

Runaway spending is root cause of political polarization

Associate Editor Fannie Flono is concerned that public trust in politicians is declining.

The example she chooses is the crisis resulting from the downgrading of U.S. credit rating. “Congressional lawmakers, led by the Republicans’ tea party faction, lost sight of the public good…” when they resisted the raising of the debt ceiling.

Perhaps she should consider that the runaway spending may be the root cause, not the resistance to continually raising the ceiling.

Bob Benston

Monroe


A quote from the Bible all Washington pols should heed

Every member of Congress and the White House should be made to have tattooed on their forehead the Bible verse Matthew 12:25:

“Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.”

Perhaps they would get the message that the American citizens are fed up with their complete lack of leadership!

Mack White

Davidson


In response to “Wal-Mart, Disney clothes found at burned factory” (Nov. 29) and related articles:

Our strides in worker safety haven’t taken us far enough

So far we still hold the record here in the United States for having killed 146 versus only 112 in a garment factory fire.

It happened in 1911 in New York City. For any one who’s interested look-up Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

Since then we’ve made strides for worker safety so only 25 were killed in the worst workplace disaster in N.C. history, the Hamlet chicken plant fire in 1991 right here in our own backyard.

Human sacrifice to the gods of greed and profit are still being offered.

David Loughran

Indian Trail

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