Abortion kills children too; we should be focusing on that
Sen. Dianne Feinstein and several fellow Democrats unveiled legislation Thursday that would restrict access to firearms. Philadelphia Police chief Charles Ramsey said at the time: If the slaughter of 20 babies does not capture and hold your attention, then I give up because I dont know what else will.
Not to make light of the fabulous children lost in Newtown, Conn., but close to 800,000 die each year due to abortions in the United States. Shouldnt this break our hearts too?
In response to Would Hornets aid sales? (Jan. 24 Sports):
City should work to bring back team, protect Hornets name
The City of Charlotte should retrieve the Hornets name because of its historic significance.
Cleveland did this with the Browns name. When the NFL team left Cleveland and moved to Baltimore they couldnt take the name with them. Now there is a new NFL team in Cleveland and theyre the Browns.
When people speak of the Browns the city name isnt necessary; everyone knows its Cleveland. It was that way when the NBA team was the Hornets. I hope the name comes back.
CMS wants and needs your input on its financial future
As Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent, I have been listening to and learning from everyone I meet. I want to continue this collaborative conversation as CMS begins building its 2013-2014 budget and thinking about future financial needs.
So Im asking the public to provide input by taking a CMS budget survey. Community feedback will help inform the development of a budget that aligns with the eight strategic goals outlined in my 100-day report, The Way Forward.
The survey shares information about our budget and asks what you think is important. It runs through Feb. 8 and all responses are anonymous. It can be accessed from our home page, www.cms.k12.nc.us.
I appreciate the public support Ive received since joining CMS. After the survey closes, we will openly share what we have learned.
I dont want a county board that acts as a rubber stamp
Your editorial If fingers should wag, its in other direction, (Jan. 19 Editorial) was right on target. As a citizen/taxpayer, I dont want Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners Chair Pat Cotham, or anyone else on the board, to dial back their approach to the county manager and his staff.
I want them to do their jobs and aggressively supervise the management team.
There appears to have been a long-standing tradition of the commissioners acting as a rubber stamp. That needs to end.
Kudos to Burr, Hagan for supporting land, water fund
The writer is state director of The Conservation Fund.
I write to recognize the leadership of U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan on behalf of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
LWCF is the program that ensures North Carolinians have parks, forests and wildlife areas to enjoy. It has helped preserve for future generations the experiences of hiking in Pisgah National Forest, driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, and climbing the cliffs of Chimney Rock State Park.
Funded from fees paid by oil and gas companies for drilling offshore not by taxpayer money the LWCF is consistently shortchanged, limiting opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Active outdoor recreation contributes more than $7.5 billion annually to the N.C. economy and supports 95,000 jobs across the state.
We urge the new Congress to make LWCF a top priority.
In response to Spend less time on Air Force One, more time with Congress (Jan. 24 Forum):
Nothing will improve until GOP ends no compromise stance
It takes two to tango, and Republicans who essentially lost the 2012 elections have a responsibility to work with the president.
That the president recognizes that we the people need to be more actively engaged in our democracy is a result of his acknowledgement that Republicans will not help to fix our problems.
In fact, they threaten time and again to tank our economy unless they get their way with no compromise.
Republicans should learn to work with the president who got re-elected by a sizeable margin.
GOP, tread carefully on tax proposal or lose my vote
Im 74, living on Social Security and a couple of small annuities. I do not make enough after deductions to pay income taxes, but I do pay property taxes, buy food and have medical and pharmaceutical expenses.
Before I retired I did pay income taxes and contributed at the maximum rate for Social Security for many years.
Im registered as an independent, though in the last election I voted for Thom Tillis, Jeff Tarte and Pat McCrory.
But if the Republicans throw me under the bus with the tax changes currently proposed, theyll never get another vote out of me.
Roger L. Bennett
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