In response to Democratic Sen. Hagan could face quite a battle (Jan. 11):
Kay Hagans back in the news, must be time for re-election
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan is just another politician you dont hear much about until its time to prepare for re-election.
Then, all of a sudden voters are supposedly reminded about all of the things she has done and shared during her Conversations with Kay.
Her supporters contend shes a centrist, but how can that be when shes been in lock-step with President Barack Obama and Harry Reid since 2008?
In response to Plan to cut state jobless benefits moves forward (Jan. 9):
Cuts to N.C. jobs benefits will put more families on the street
I was shocked and dismayed when I read about the bill to reform our states unemployment benefits. The drastic cuts would be dangerously detrimental to many families already living paycheck-to-paycheck.
How many families might be evicted or lose their homes if these much-needed benefits are reduced by so much?
If this bill passes, it will be penny wise and pound foolish as more families will need food stamps and possibly end up adding to the population of homeless in our city.
In response to Clean Water fund faces tenuous finances (Dec. 31):
Fund is critical to clean water in N.C.; dont mess that up
The writer is executive director of Catawba Lands Conservancy.
The Clean Water Management Trust Fund is one of the most important investments North Carolina can make for its citizens because the dollars used by the program are so small relative to what these investments will save the state in future water treatment costs.
Since 2010, the Catawba Lands Conservancy has worked with the fund to preserve 2,336 acres that protect our drinking water sources.
Our region continues to be one of the fastest growing areas in the country. As population growth and land development continue to impact the quality and quantity of our water supplies, every citizen will benefit from the critical work done through the CWMTF.
Itll be a sad day for our state if this program is discontinued.
Congress needs an in-your-face debt clock; are you with me?
The national debt is well over $16 trillion and climbing faster than ever. In April 2011, Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., introduced a resolution that would place a clock measuring the U.S. debt in the House chamber as a visual gesture to remind members of the need to reduce spending. That resolution went nowhere.
But I feel so strongly about this issue Ive started an online petition on Change.org demanding Congress install such a clock. There is a stirring wind of rebellion that all members of Congress should be very fearful of.
Erosion of checks and balances in D.C. threatens this nation
Democratic members of Congress are calling for the president to bypass Congress and invoke the 14th Amendment if he cannot reach agreement with Congress on the debt ceiling.
The president and his minions are also using the tragedy of a madmans rampage in Newtown, Conn., to assault the Second Amendment.
While Americans wring their hands and avert their eyes, the president is attacking the Constitution and tearing down the system of checks and balances in his push to establish the executive branch as supreme.
Four years ago, he swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. He will do so again later this month. Hold him to this oath.
In response to Locke Foundation, Gov. McCrory in lock-step? (Jan. 8):
A stretch to suggest McCrory, Locke Foundation in cahoots
Observer Associate Editor Fannie Flono views Gov. Pat McCrorys first executive order restoring the governors sole authority to fill vacant judgeships as an unconvincing coincidence because it came the same day an agreeing column by John Hood of the Locke Foundation was published.
On Jan. 2 five days beforehand I called for the same action during my WBT radio show. By the Observers logic, am I suddenly guiding the Locke Foundation and calling the shots in Raleigh? Hardly.
This time, the Observer is adding two plus two and coming up with 22.
N.C. delegation must stand up for federal historic tax credit
The federal historic tax credit is exactly the type of program our country and state needs, but some in Congress want to eliminate or reduce it.
In 2011 alone, 38 projects across N.C. used the tax credit to leverage $99.7 million in private investment, create 1,867 jobs and produce $23 million in local, state and federal taxes more than covering the $16.5 million cost of the tax credit.
Thanks to federal and state historic tax credits, we were able to secure the financing to bring the Highland Park Manufacturing Co. Mill in Charlotte back to life as livable, affordable apartments and residences.
This program helps protect our heritage, create jobs and revitalize communities.