In response to Conservatives must refine message (Jan. 13 Viewpoint):
If DeMints ideas work at all, its only for a select crowd
The right-wing Republican fog machine is at it again this time from Jim DeMint. My favorite part of his call for a conservative revival is the part where he exclaims conservative ideas work. Work for whom? Do they work for average middle class Americans whose real wages have stagnated for the last 20 years or so? Or do they work for the wealthy and corporate elites whose water the likes of DeMint and the Republican party carry?
Maybe Mr. DeMint shouldnt be so surprised that Americans are not rising up and demanding the ideas and policies that will improve their lives because people are beginning to wake up and realize that its all a lie.
DeMints argument on welfare undercuts his whole message
You had me, Jim DeMint, right up until you trotted out that same old lie that President Obama took away the work requirements of the welfare program. If youll lie about that, youll lie about anything.
Lynn B. Pope
In response to McCrorys ex-firm increases sway (Jan. 12):
Phillips too quick to impugn one of states top law firms
Some time ago Gov. Pat McCrory, as a private citizen, became employed by Moore & Van Allen. It is reasonable to conclude that his employment with the firm was part of a strategic initiative to grow the firms lobbying practice. It is likewise newsworthy to note Gov. McCrorys election and consider his new role as it relates to the law firms lobbying efforts. In other words, that is a subject worth watching.
However, Bob Phillips, a representative of Common Cause, speaking of his views of Moore & Van Allen says: Its illegal to do so, but I would have an expectation they are doing that. To make such a conclusive and demeaning statement about one of the most respected and awarded law firms in the state is repugnant and shows him to not be a watch dog but an I will see dog. If Mr. Phillips were forthright, he would change the name of his organization from Common Cause to My Agenda.
In response to McCrory gives his Cabinet hefty raises (Jan. 12):
No money for teacher raises, but plenty for McCrory cabinet
After saying he wanted more efficiencies in state government, Gov. McCrory gives his staff big raises right off the bat. At a time when we cannot even pay decent wages to our teachers and other state employees, he doles out all of this money to a selected few. I guess he is just paying off his campaign promises to some of those who supported him.
So much for a fresh start to our next governor and his so-called efficiency.
Wayne and Rachel Shook
On livable wage, McCrory is worried about wrong crowd
Our new fiscally conservative governor just gave his staff an 8 percent raise ($1.1 million). He says Im trying to make it at least where they can afford to live while running multi billion-dollar departments. Golly gee, Pat, how about trying to make it where The People can afford to live while running a family of four? What we have, yet again, is a politician whose business experience is absolutely useless. Crony capitalism is all he knows.
In response to Obama vibe is different this time (Jan. 9):
Save millions scale down Obamas second inauguration
Why does the president need a second inauguration? He already had one in 2008, and clearly costs are very high. With America deeply in debt and with 7.8 percent out of jobs, can we really afford to spend so much on another inauguration? Just have a private inauguration with some selected people and broadcast it around the globe.
Higher taxes = smaller checks. You didnt see this coming?
How can anyone with a modicum of economic understanding be surprised that letting tax cuts expire would mean smaller paychecks? What wouldnt surprise me is how those same uninformed and economically uneducated people voted last November.
John M. Marszalek
In response to Relaxing with the stars (Jan. 14):
Charlotte is not a world-class city without a planetarium
While I greatly appreciated your fine article concerning planetariums in our state, the fact that Charlotte does not have a planetarium is a sad commentary on our efforts concerning science education. Planetariums are a great way to challenge and expose young people to the fabulous world of science. This situation is certainly not what one should be able to expect from a world class city.