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Do the math: Ending payroll tax holiday will slow recovery

In the deal struck to avoid the fiscal cliff there was almost no discussion about extending the payroll tax holiday. Wednesday when I went online to enter my small law firm’s first payroll of 2013, it hit home: My staff’s net pay shrunk by about $40 per paycheck every two weeks.

Multiply that by a couple hundred million workers, and – shazam! – slower recovery!

I’m all for cutting the deficit, but Social Security is in no immediate danger. Kicking this can down the road a little further would have helped working families a little longer.

Mike Daisley

Charlotte

There goes my 2% increase in pay – straight to Washington

I’m a Vietnam-era Navy vet who has never collected a food stamp or unemployment check. Last year my employer granted me a 2 percent merit pay increase in my salary.

On Jan. 2 I received a notice from my employer that said in part: “With the action taken by Congress/Senate/President over the past several days, the payroll tax holiday was discontinued for 2013.”

Effective 2013, my entire 2 percent merit pay increase now goes to Washington. I will never again vote for an incumbent.

Jerry Harkey

Statesville

Term limits would rid us of ‘cockroaches’ in Washington

Taxpayers’ blood should boil when they read “A fiscal cliff solution, served with a side of tax breaks,” (Jan. 2 CharlotteObserver.com). It’s a good snapshot of the nonessential spending promoted by special interests, “the cockroaches of Washington policy.”

After much reflection, I’m firmly for term limits – two terms for senators; five terms for House members; one six-year term for the president.

It wouldn’t completely rid Washington of cockroaches and pork spending, but it would stop politicians from serving decades in Congress, supporting the cockroaches and writing pork checks with our money.

Paul Jones

Charlotte

Time our dysfunctional Congress faced some cuts

After the fiscal cliff debacle, it should be apparent we have a totally dysfunctional Congress.

Perhaps a complete restructuring to include: 50 percent cut in salary; 75 percent reduction in expenses and staff; no retirement or health benefits; and retroactive term limits for all. Maybe that would help to eliminate some of the incompetency.

Congress is for those who want to serve everyone, not just one political party.

Ed Carlson

Charlotte


Time for real resolution in matter of Wilmington 10

I don’t understand the big picture of the “Wilmington 10.” These 10 people either did it but didn’t get a fair trial, or didn’t do it and were falsely accused. No one seems to want to get to what really happened or who did it.

Betty Lineberry

Davidson


Media, Hollywood also share blame for promoting violence

Recently while watching SportsCenter, I was unexpectedly treated to a graphically violent trailer for the Bruce Willis movie “Looper.” Guns were blazing as people were “eliminated from the future,” as the ad said.

Then in the Dec. 28 Observer Lawrence Toppman included “Looper” as an honorable mention among best movies of 2012!

When will the liberal media and liberal Hollywood start taking some responsibility for promoting gun violence and stop blaming everything on conservatives and the NRA?

John Silver

Charlotte

How to make NRA accountable for gun injuries and deaths

Here’s an out-of-the-box idea: Outsource gun registration and enforcement to the NRA.

In return for a generous subsidy, hold the NRA accountable for year-over-year reductions in gun injuries and deaths. Let gun owners, themselves, wrestle with issues of allowable gun types, ammunition clip size, etc.

It might help reduce gun violence, and it certainly couldn’t be any worse than more futile debate over Second Amendment rights vs. public safety.

John V. Keller

Charlotte


In response to “Syria needs U.S. leadership” (Jan. 2 Viewpoint):

Obama’s leadership lax at home, don’t expect it on Syria

Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman seem flabbergasted because our current administration has ignored the slaughter of 40,000-plus Syrian civilians.

If our leadership tells our forces to “stand your ground” when Americans are under fire – Benghazi – surely you can’t expect them to help civilian allies.

Our current president is intent on showing the world we are no longer leaders of the free world, or anything else for that matter. This should be a real eye-opener for the Israelis, regardless of the oral support Obama promises.

Dickie Benzie

Charlotte


In response to “Hobby Lobby defies Supreme Court ruling” (Jan. 1):

Freedom of religion extends beyond walls of a church

For the owners of Hobby Lobby to be forced to make the choice between freedom of conscience and ruinous fines is an attack on “the blessings of liberty” provided in our Constitution.

The Bill of Rights protects individual rights for every citizen in all of his/her endeavors.

Many who fled to America for religious freedom believed “God alone is Lord of the conscience.” Apparently, we are now being asked to surrender even that to Big Government.

Brad Gsell

Charlotte

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