In response to “Tea Party hero to leave Senate” (Dec 7):
Candidates for office should pledge to finish their term
If I were a South Carolinian who had voted for Sen. Jim DeMint, I would be upset that he is leaving one-third of the way through his six-year term. Those running for political office should have the integrity to make the following commitment: “If elected, I pledge to complete my term of office.”
Why should DeMint have more power at Heritage Foundation?
Sen. Jim DeMint’s so-called reason for leaving the U.S. Senate is so he can have more influence on government policy by working for a conservative think tank. Call me naïve, but I think Aretha Franklin said it best: “Who’s zoomin’ who?” It’s a real pity that apparently a lot of Washington lawmakers’ decisions are driven by outside groups in lieu of their own beliefs.
Streetcar is sound, practical investment in Charlotte’s future
The proposed streetcar project is a sound investment in Charlotte’s future, a practical solution and one more segment in an overall vision for the city.
No one’s home can remain functional, efficient, and comfortable without repair and remodel projects. And, yes – they have a cost. But they’re worth it and necessary. It’s no different for the city.
For Charlotte to continue to offer even a slightly better quality of life than we’ve had in the past or that other cities offer, we have to make investments. It’s that simple. And infrastructure is a key part of that.
It’s time to give a fraction of the resources that are blindly poured into roads to better public transit.
In response to “Tax-rate changes find GOP support” (Dec 10):
Republicans need to get a little grit and prevent tax hikes
I find it deplorable that some House Republicans want to accede to President Obama’s higher tax rates. Remember George Bush’s famous “Read my lips: no new taxes” line? The Democrats are famous for raising taxes today and promising to cut spending tomorrow. The Republicans have bought this line for years and give in every time. Get a little grit boys. Tell the Dems to stop the massive spending, period.
Norquist, lawmakers forget who’s elected, who’s a lobbyist
Grover Norquist is a lobbyist! As such, it is totally unacceptable for him to have so much control over elected senators and representatives. Any elected official who grants such control over his or her decision-making ability should be removed from office at the next election or sooner.
In response to “Election maps need not be Rorschach tests” (Taylor Batten column, Dec. 9):
Self-serving political districts just another cause for suspicion
Maybe there is a relationship between legislators gerrymandering their districts to their benefit and the low regard most citizens have for their legislators.
Obama must have missed story on al-Qaida’s strength in Syria
An article in your paper Sunday must be incorrect. It states that al-Qaida is gaining influence in Syria. This can not possibly be true, as President Obama has been telling us in every campaign speech for months that he killed bin Laden and al-Qaida is on the run. Maybe you should send him that article.
In response to “A fight to preserve the old ways” (Dec. 8):
For a naturist, Eustace Conway promotes himself very well
Your article makes it sound like this is the little guy versus big government. As a Watauga County native, I think it’s great that Eustace Conway has figured out how to make a living by playing Daniel Boone; and I applaud him for not selling out to developers or building condos on a beautiful piece of land.
But it seems Mr. Conway’s talents as a naturist are exceeded by his penchant for self-promotion; having a TV show and book about your life doesn’t just happen out of the blue. The truth is, he is running a commercial business on his property and he doesn’t want to comply with codes and safety laws.
I really doubt if Daniel Boone had a tree house shaped like a boat; however, lots of theme parks do.
E. B. Fox
In response to “71 years later, Pearl Harbor account finally gets published” (Dec. 7):
McIntosh’s Pearl Harbor article reminds of war’s horrors
Thanks for remembering Pearl Harbor and publishing a most heartrending account of that day. I hope it reminds everyone to not only say a word of appreciation to all veterans, but also serve as a reminder of the terrible human cost of war to both civilians and military personnel.