In response to Teen gets 25 years in family killings (Dec. 14):
Prison wrong place for teen who felt terrorized by dad
My heart breaks for Matthew Liewald. What is the matter with our legal system that it cannot see that a normal kid with good grades and friends doesnt just do something like this without having suffered beyond reason?
My father was exactly like Matthews; never left a mark, almost never let the relatives see his mean side. And he kept me terrorized until I was 20.
Other states have recognized that some of the worst offenders are never caught until their victims seek justice and release from abuse on their own.
Matthew doesnt need prison. He needs years of counseling to come to grips with a horrific childhood and learn how to live as a happy, productive adult.
Streetcar a waste of taxpayer money; stop Foxx in his tracks
Mayor Anthony Foxx claims the streetcar will bring commercial development along this corridor. This corridor is old Charlotte and the majority of it is already commercial development.
This streetcar is nothing but an expensive toy for Mayor Foxx. Please lets stop the wasteful spending.
Do it now; streetcar is strategic investment in Charlottes future
Like the light rail, the streetcar is more than transportation. Connecting east and west Charlotte neighborhoods to uptown and each other will strengthen our social fabric, attract new residential and commercial investment, create jobs, reduce air pollution and help lessen our dependence on oil.
It will also expand the tax base, save us money at the pump, and make our city a more attractive place for newcomers, especially the younger generation who are increasingly choosing walkable, transit-friendly cities so they arent entirely dependent on a car.
The days when Charlotte could solve its problems by annexation and outward growth are past. Charlottes AAA bond rating, potential federal funding options and historically low interest rates make the case we cannot afford to wait.
In response to Spending cuts wont be easy (Dec. 14) and related articles:
Solution is spending cuts; no more T-bones for me or in D.C.
The government must do what all of America has done do away with the frills.
I cannot spend more than I earn. I have over the last several years had to tighten my belt to get by on what I earn hamburger with filler to make a hamburger steak instead of a T-bone.
All government Washington, state and local must tighten the belt to get out of this mess. When we get out of this financial mess we can go back to T-bones.
Enough drama; give us a solid economic plan and do it now
The people might be the losers for re-electing the parties that piled up $16 trillion in debt. Those politicians are incapable of acting preemptively. Thats why we have to wait every time till the last second to avoid falling off the fiscal cliff.
We dont need drama. We need a timely economic plan so all of us could provide the feedback before the wrong agenda is implemented again.
Tax increases wont be enough to pay unfunded liabilities
As the Baby Boomers promised benefits begin to greatly exceed the payroll tax collections from todays workers, the benefits will have to be paid from current government revenues or by borrowing.
These benefits are unfunded liabilities there is nothing in the bank to pay them.
This unfunded liability of the Social Security Trust Fund is $20.5 trillion. The unfunded liabilities for Medicare are much more $42.8 trillion.
It is folly to say that tax increases can pay for this.
Something has to be done to change these unsustainable spending commitments if our debt and deficit problems are to be solved.
Donald D. Marple
In response to A bigger shelter for abused (Dec. 14):
N.C. must put more money into eliminating domestic violence
After visiting the new domestic violence shelter and reading about it, Im struck by the fact that this building will be over capacity soon after it opens.
The state spends $12 million a year to support such shelters, but little on prevention.
Domestic violence is a community problem that crosses all social, geographic, age, race and ethnic boundaries. Its the No. 1 cause of homelessness for women and children.
This cries out for a public awareness campaign like that for breast cancer or seat-belt use, but focused on domestic violence and the elimination of it.
Seeing Hooters sign amid holiday lights set me off
My daughter and I decided to drive through uptown to enjoy the holiday decorations after her winter choral concert. There it was, busting out through all the holiday lights. Am I the only woman annoyed by the superfluous Hooters sign?
It makes me want to open a competing chain of restaurants called NUTS, featuring a menu of specialty hot dogs served up by muscular men in leather thongs. Or maybe not. That would be ridiculous.
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