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In response to “Police shoot, kill man, 55, in south Charlotte” (Jan. 8):

Questions remain in police shooting; Mims was my friend

The writer is associate director of the East Carolina University School of Music.

I am writing as a 1975 graduate of Olympic High School. I want to recognize a student who was one of the most brilliant musicians of that period at Olympic, Spencer Mims.

Spencer was shot to death this week by Charlotte police. I honor and respect our police, but question the use of lethal force on a person who was clearly not well. On the other hand, none of us can know what our police face each day.

But I would just like to honor the life of this wonderful person, my friend and inspiration.

Dr. Scott Carter

Greenville, N.C.


In response to “23-story luxury apartment building planned uptown” (Jan. 9)

High-rise rental projects like this not a good fit for Charlotte

I live about a block from this new construction. On my daily commute I see multiple apartment buildings in this area which are not fully occupied.

A similar project was put into play a few years ago and didn’t do nearly as well as the developers hoped or needed it to.

The target audience makes sense, but it isn’t right for this particular city. Charlotte doesn’t exactly have a young clubbing lifestyle image.

More apartments, appealing to the wrong market, will have the same success rate as the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Abby Walker

Charlotte


In response to “Meck to fight state over Medicaid” (Jan. 9):

Shocked by Meck Medicaid numbers; it’s unsustainable

More then 150,000 people in Mecklenburg County are on Medicaid? There is no way there are that many people who legitimately deserve taxpayer money. There has to be major abuse.

If there are that many people in one U.S. county getting taxpayer dollars for Medicaid, this country cannot survive.

There is simply not enough money, period.

Dick Meyer

Charlotte


McConnell spending cuts must be stopped; U.S. already hurting

Ten years of the Bush tax cuts have done great harm to this country due to lack of income to fix roads, repair bridges, fund the postal service, and pay for hurricane and wild fire damage.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is our worst antagonist to tax increases for the richest. Now he’s looking to cut spending by means testing Social Security retirement age. He wants to cut Medicare and Medicaid to reduce the payroll tax so the rich won’t have to pay so much in taxes.

Time to stop this nonsense because, we the people, have already paid for these services.

Joseph Demers

Statesville


In response to “Obama vibe is different this time” (Jan. 9):

Obama failing the nation, taking his supporters down with him

President Obama’s second inauguration will not only be subdued, but under his stewardship it could very well be America’s wake.

His supporters are like the crabs put into a large pot resting on a stove. The crabs learn too late that they’re being cooked to death.

Ed Mesko

Charlotte


In response to “N.C. furniture industry is hurting for skilled workers” (Jan. 6):

Finding skilled workers would be easier under act I propose

I hear far too often that employers in North Carolina can’t find skilled workers. My AMERICA Works Act legislation would help North Carolinians acquire the necessary skills to qualify for jobs in furniture and other industries.

Businesses would know that workers with these credentials have the expertise they need to hit the ground running, and workers entering programs at our community colleges would have the confidence of knowing that they’ll be prepared for jobs that are actually available.

Employers shouldn’t struggle to find qualified workers at the same time so many families are struggling to make ends meet.

In this new Congress, I will work with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to advance this important legislation.

Sen. Kay Hagan

Washington, D.C.


In response to “Cut spending, but not with debt-ceiling knife” (Jan. 8 Editorial):

Reduce debt by getting rid of some government agencies

How does any household stop adding to its debt?

The missus has to cut the maid and gardener; the mister his game night at the bar and his golf club membership.

I say every member of Congress gives up two aides, and the White House gives up a department or agency or two, specifically Education and the agency formerly known as the Office of the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs.

Federal government employees make well in excess of the national mean income. Laying off a few will help the rest of us pay the bills.

Carolyn Lawson

Huntersville

Drama would dissipate if Dems

would just pass a budget

It would have been nice to also see Observer editors call for Democratic leadership to pass an annual budget, which they haven’t done in almost four years.

This mundane task would keep us from these fiscal dramas every three or so months.

After all, it’s their legal obligation to do so – as if law mattered any more.

Matthew Wall

Charlotte

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