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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “HSBC to pay $1.9 billion in N.Y. money-laundering case” (Dec. 12):

HSBC investigation should’ve led to prison; ‘sorry’ not enough

So HSBC has to pay a huge fine. Oh, and the CEO is really, really sorry for what his bank did. Oh, and he apologizes. Wow! Really?

Just one thing. HSBC didn’t make “mistakes.” Cooking your three-minute eggs for five minutes is a “mistake.”

No, HSBC functioned purposefully as part of a large criminal enterprise, laundering and protecting criminal drug money. The bank itself is part of a criminal enterprise. The CEO should be in prison and HSBC should no longer be functioning as a bank.

Apparently, we have no standards of acceptable behavior when it comes to banking.

Richard Schmidt

Concord


In response to “Foxx plan may cut streetcar” (Dec. 11) and related articles:

East, west supported transit bonds; now it’s their turn

The writer is a former Charlotte City Council member and now chair of the Eastland Area Strategic Team Business Committee.

Charlotte is at a crossroads: Uptown can be the center of transit or a lonely linear vision.

We ask our public servants to look at the city as a whole, to invest in the future for North, South, East and West.

Citizens in the West and East supported the transit bonds for our light rail, acknowledging the city’s need.

It is time for us to step aboard and support East and West – with better service and investment which will pay off in neighborhoods and corridors lively with commerce and engagement.

Nancy Carter

Charlotte

Now is exactly the time to dig deep on streetcar; don’t wait

Now – at a time when fiscal conservancy seems to be the logical solution to almost any issue presented in the public arena – is exactly the time when we need to dig a little deeper and think long-term in our vision and planning for Charlotte.

The streetcar project will not only meet some immediate needs of nearby communities, but will also contribute to Charlotte’s ongoing growth and development as a world-class city.

Modern, efficient infrastructure is an essential ingredient for such a designation. The lasting benefits of development vastly outweigh the temporary inconveniences.

The long-term benefits to the city and surrounding suburban areas will be immeasurable.

Stacy Remy

Charlotte

My eastside doesn’t need streetcar, needs stable housing

Who’s brilliant idea is it to have a streetcar from anywhere to the abandoned Eastland Mall? Last time I checked, a bus travelled that same route.

If you want to help the “distressed” east side, stop using us as a dumping ground for subsidized housing! As a homeowner, I’m sick and tired of seeing my property taxes fund Center City playboys’ ridiculous pet projects that become a millstone around taxpayers’ necks, such as the uptown arena and light rail.

Emilio Poindexter

Charlotte


In response to “Same-sex marriage against my beliefs, but I won’t stand in way” (Dec. 12 Forum):

Same-sex marriage, changes like it eat away at our morality

To Forum writer Irene Corey I would paraphrase Edmund Burke: All that is required for evil to prevail is for good women to do nothing.

Six decades ago, abortion was considered evil by the average God-fearing American. Same-sex marriage is still considered wrong by voters in North Carolina and most other states.

How long before we consider bestiality and necrophilia to be someone’s “free will”?

“Everyone deserves to live a happy life.” Even pedophiles, Ms. Corey? History shows that our definition of morality will change as long as we do nothing.

Jeff Rothe

Charlotte


In response to “Shinn: Bobcats should be Hornets” (Dec. 12 Sports):

Michael Jordan could learn a thing or two from George Shinn

The Charlotte Hornets were the best show in town in 1988. Who could forget 24,000 fans and those cheap $7 seats? The Hornets had unbelievable charisma; we’d be so lucky to get the name, mascot and colors back.

But Michael Jordan should take notes from George Shinn. He showed appreciation to fans and season ticketholders with perks, extras. He tried to put a product on the court and spent some money.

It would not kill Jordan to mingle some, sign an autograph and shake a few hands.

W. Randall Lemly

Charlotte


Don’t let Congress limit charitable giving deductions

The writer is president of the Levine Museum of the New South.

While I take the federal deficit seriously, I’m deeply concerned about the impact of limiting tax incentives that encourage charitable donations.

At a time of reduced funding at all levels of government, Congress should do all it can to incentivize private giving.

The charitable deduction is truly different from others because it encourages taxpayers to use their income to benefit their communities, rather than themselves. Nonprofits belong to all of us. Please join me in asking our elected leaders not to throw these valuable community assets off the fiscal cliff, and to oppose proposals to limit the deductibility of charitable gifts.

Emily Zimmern

Charlotte

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