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Across the board spending cuts the way to go; make it 10%

The Army currently has 3,000 M1 Abrams tanks sitting in storage, and the Pentagon doesn’t want any more. Yet, in typical NIMBY fashion, the U.S. House is adamantly against canceling the program.

I am in favor of the current sequestration program, where every governmental program faces a 10 percent budget cut.

The government will be forced to make do with less, just like me, and it takes the politics out of the process.

Terry Keith

Charlotte

Let those cuts begin with Congressional salaries

It’s not too late for our legislative branch to make responsible cuts in spending. Members of Congress should just refuse to be paid for the 11 months wasted.

Eleven months passed before they finally began deliberating on the fiscal cliff they all knew was scheduled for January 2013.

At least refuse the unearned salary increases.

Lloyd Weichinger

Waxhaw

In response to “Bill contains goodies for special interests” (Jan. 3) and related articles:

Need details on Congressional pork so we can vote them out

Our D.C. representatives have tried to assure their re-election by helping special interest groups. Calling it “pork” is an insult to a much-appreciated farm animal.

I’m sure many readers would appreciate more details, including information about the smaller expenditures and names of lawmakers who wasted our money in this egregious fashion.

Maybe we voters can then try to make sure the pork works against lawmakers who obviously care more about themselves than about those they purport to represent.

Ian Gilmour

Mint Hill

Cliff fiasco a disgrace; blame lies with ‘clowns’ in Congress

Send in the clowns. Don’t bother, they’re here. Unfortunately Pennsylvania Avenue is bookended by clowns.

We are on our way to becoming an “entitlement nation.”

Congratulations are not in order for this “august” group of “leaders.” Instead, they have earned our scorn and contempt.

We can sleep better tonight now that President Obama and Congress have funded friends in Hollywood and NASCAR as a part of this fiscal cliff fiasco.

Robert W. Shirley

Charlotte

In response to “Obama remarks on ‘fiscal cliff’ legislation” (Jan. 2 CharlotteObserver.com):

Don’t expect compromise from Obama two months from now

The quote by President Obama saying “we can’t simply cut our way to prosperity,” shows how incompetent he is and how uncompromising he will be in two months.

When family income is reduced, the family doesn’t go to its neighbor for money. The family tightens its belt by reducing spending – a concept foreign to our representatives.

Ann Marie Lloyd

Charlotte


Media shares blame for gun issues nation now facing

The media deliberately sensationalizes tragedies when firearms are involved to attract viewers, subscribers and advertisers. Attention grabbing terms like “assault weapon” and “semi-automatic” are used to create shock value. But most reporters don t even understand the basic differences in firearms.

Photos of guns included with stories are often selected based primarily on dramatic impact.

Murderers who create tragedies are treated like media celebrities, while individuals or groups that dare support Second Amendment rights are portrayed as foolish, inflexible or heartless.

Wise up America. Start demanding individuals be held responsible for their actions, and stop allowing politicians or the media to divert your attention to the drugs, alcohol, cars, knives or firearms criminals use.

Mike Rink

Cornelius


In response to “Companies cut jobs, hours” (Dec. 25 Business):

CEOs should cut own salaries so workers get health benefits

I’m appalled that Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter is complaining about providing health care benefits to his employees and threatens to cut their hours so fewer employees qualify.

I, too, have a business, a daycare back in New Jersey. When it was just starting, my main concern was how we could give our employees health care. We did it by sacrificing our own salary.

I admire President Obama for many reasons, one being the Affordable Care Act. He certainly looks for what is best for the country.

Maybe Schnatter and others should volunteer some of their time, as I do, helping the less privileged.

Then, they might learn that charity begins at home.

Kitty Long

Huntersville


In response to “Minister taking leave of absence” (Jan. 1):

Allow minister on medical leave same compassion he shows all

Rev. Stephen Shoemaker is a superb preacher and an especially caring shepherd of his flock at Myers Park Baptist Church.

My husband Bob, a United Methodist minister and professor, died from a heart attack caused in part by an impossible work schedule. As his widow, I beg those who write and speak about Dr. Shoemaker to afford him the compassion he gives his flock so freely.

As one of his fortunate flock, I look forward to the day the Rev. Shoemaker’s medical leave is completed and he returns to his congregation and his friends.

Joyce Streetman

Charlotte

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