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In response to “New spat creates friction in county” (Jan. 17):

Parks Helms stepped way

over the line this time

Apparently Parks Helms has somehow forgotten that he wasn’t re-elected. His lack of leadership and integrity, along with a failure to make tough decisions, cost him his seat on the Mecklenburg County board.

Helms is the last person who ought to be giving advice to incumbent commissioners, unless it’s about how to wrangle $10,000 dinners from the liquor industry.

Harry Jones needs to be gone too.

Jack Hankins

Charlotte


In response to “Billions invested in roads” (Jan. 14) and subsequent articles:

Get more cars off road; spend on I-77 light rail, not toll lanes

Instead if spending $550 million on toll lanes for Interstate 77, why not put the money into a light-rail line to Mooresville?

I lived and commuted in Charlotte for 20 years. All the highway improvements made over those years never seemed to be enough. It’s well known that constructing more lanes just generates more traffic.

The Charlotte area needs to look for ways to get people out of their cars.

Allen Hubbard

Lincolnton


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

Spend stadium money on teachers, improving education

Let’s face it, not everyone wants or needs football, and there are fewer who can afford to attend a game.

The millions spent on renovations could be used to hire more than 240 teachers, and I’m using a very high pay scale for them.

The stadium is a privately owned entity that will one day come down. Our children and their education is an ongoing entity that needs to be enhanced at all costs – for their future and ours.

Otha Morris

Charlotte

Add a dome and host ACC basketball tourney in Charlotte

The Charlotte City Council is considering helping upgrade Bank of America Stadium.

One upgrade that should be seriously considered is to put a dome cover over it. If that was done, it might be possible to use one end of the stadium – with temporary seating on a fourth side – as a basketball arena that could seat 30,000 to 40,000.

I’d love to see Charlotte become the permanent, or at least semi-permanent, home of the ACC Tournament.

Ronald Honeycutt

Mount Gilead, N.C.

If CLT taxpayers must carry tax burden then change team name

Why would the Charlotte City Council put the burden of the tax levy just inside the city limits when the team was marketed to the whole North Carolina and South Carolina area?

Mecklenburg County is much larger than just the Charlotte city limits, and surrounding counties are part of the metro area.

If the Panthers and City Council are going to raise the money this way, then the team should be the Charlotte Panthers, not the Carolina Panthers.

Steve Shaw

Charlotte

Panthers should try asking in public instead of playing ‘dirty’

Will we be changing Tryon Street to Richardson Boulevard as well?

Why do the biggest sports entrepreneurs in town always seem to play the dirtiest?

These tax deals are just part of doing business with major sport venues, but there are 100 other ways to go about getting what you want without sticking the general public’s faces in it.

Paul Manley

Charlotte

Spend on stadium; don’t lose cache, millions team brings

We’d be foolish not to secure the tie that the Carolina Panthers have to the Charlotte region.

The economic impact of the team is immense and the national exposure that the NFL brings to the area is worth millions. That cannot be replaced.

The player salary cap alone translates into millions of dollars in local and state taxes. Add it all up and we can’t afford to lose our NFL team.

Randy Wynn

Charlotte


In response to “Critics question BofA accord” (Jan. 11):

Fannie Mae settlement is fair; BofA has been punished enough

A watchdog group and at least one senator have proposed looking at Bank of America’s recent settlement with Fannie Mae. They feel that it was not a good settlement for taxpayers.

Of course they also see easy prey and ways to make themselves look good for re-election.

While there is plenty of fault to go around, individual loan holders were not without sin.

BofA has been punished enough.

Ed Cortez

Cornelius


In response to “What they say” (Jan. 17):

When it comes to gun control, Pittenger’s logic is full of holes

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger cites Columbine as historical proof that legislation has little impact on gun violence.

By his logic, the Gun Control Act of 1934, which was enacted to take fully automatic machine guns and sawed-off shotguns out of the hands of gangsters, is worthless if a single instance of violence wrought by a machine gun or sawed-off shotgun can be cited.

Pittenger should stick to what he knows best – raiding the public till to build roads we don’t need, such as the Garden Parkway.

James Walker

Charlotte

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