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In response to “City gives early nod to Panthers money” (Jan. 16) and related articles:

For Jerry’s sake, people; it’s just pennies we’re talking about

Unlike many others who just couldn’t wait to howl about the Panthers’ request for stadium renovation funds, this PSL owner is happy to fork over a whopping additional one cent when dining out in our city.

It’s a penny, people! If you don’t want to do it, eat somewhere outside the city limits!

People seem to forget that Jerry Richardson brought the NFL experience to our fine city, making the Carolina Panthers a household name and giving us a solid reason to enjoy family and friends during the NFL season.

After everything he has done for this fan base, we can cough up a few pennies.

Patricia Claiborne

Charlotte

No reason taxpayers should pay to fix up millionaire’s workplace

Let me get this straight – a local millionaire wants a couple of hundred thousand taxpayers to pay for improvements to the workplace of his employees.

The employees make a minimum salary in the multi-six-figure range and provide their arguably substandard product to a limited audience about 16 times per year.

I can’t think of a better way NOT to spend taxpayer money in a time of economic turmoil.

W.L. Harraman

Charlotte

Stadium redo of greater benefit than light rail or Eastland Mall

I am tired of hearing constant complaints from citizens about the proposed $125 million the Charlotte City Council is considering for upgrades to Bank of America Stadium.

The Panthers have made a much bigger impact on the city than the money wasted on a light-rail system that is used by a very small percentage.

Before this city was put on the map by an NBA team and then an NFL team, it was just a “truck stop” on the way to Charleston.

The money Jerry Richardson is asking for is a mere drop in the bucket compared with the money wasted on things like Eastland Mall.

Plus, the stadium will be used and enjoyed by far more people.

Eric Benson

New Salem

Economy pinching too many; let PSL owners foot renovation bill

Using taxpayer money to renovate the stadium would be a horrible use of the taxpayers’ money in the middle of a jobless recovery and at a time when real wages of middle class citizens have not increased for years.

If the city and state agree to this, I am going to work hard to make sure none of the current elected officials get re-elected.

Let the PSL owners pony up if they want stadium renovations. They’re the ones with the money and the ones who attend games.

Rick Poe

Charlotte

Too much of this deal is taking place behind closed doors

I remember the days when Jerry Richardson would speak to anyone at anytime when he was chasing the Panthers way back when. Now, he does all his dealings behind closed doors and by leaking little “trial balloons” out to the public.

The sad thing is that the elected leaders – and I use the term leaders loosely – are all too eager to rub shoulders with him.

Todd Isaacs

Mooresville

Tie renovations to plan that’d make Panthers like Packers

To secure that the Panthers’ future is here in Charlotte, why not work out a deal wherein any taxpayer expense for stadium renovations is coupled to Jerry Richardson making the team ownership available to stockholders whenever he decides to step down?

The model for this, the Green Bay Packers, shows how successful such ownership can be.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that courtship by a group from LA, or wherever, would be nonexistent and that demands for improvements would be based on need and financed by profits from team operations.

Dick Gayan

Belmont


In response to “DMV revokes driving privileges” (Jan. 16):

Licenses allow immigrants to work, support their families

Saying these people “won” a reprieve from deportation is hardly accurate.

Those who applied for deferred action had to work with a lawyer to provide appropriate documentation and pay legal and application fees, all so they might be able to get a job or a driver’s license – not to escape deportation.

This isn’t a lottery that they have an opportunity to “win.”

These people are looking to become productive members of society and to support their families. No matter what your stance on immigration, we are still talking about people.

Krissy Danburg

Charlotte


In response to “The Sandy Hook rule: Stop watching TV, movie violence” (Jan. 6 Opinion):

Don’t blame TV, media for violence; blame bad parenting

A well-raised, disciplined child wouldn’t take media violence as encouragement to kill. Past a certain age, well-raised children are able to differentiate fiction and reality.

It’s not video games that make children grow up and kill. It’s what parents teach them and how people around them act.

It’s irrational to ban media violence when parents should be responsible for what their children watch and don’t watch.

Sara Holley

Charlotte

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