In response to Lower taxes help N.C. win battle for jobs (Jan. 30 Opinion):
Berger got his American Dream, doesnt care about others
Some people, when they achieve the American Dream, reach back and help others who are still struggling.
Others, like N.C. Sen. Phil Berger, look back at those who havent made it yet with meanness and scorn.
His defense of his proposal for tax reform reveals that it is designed to keep them in their place. And him in his.
Tea party, push harder on debt; mainline parties lack backbone
What happened to the tea partiers? They seem to be the only Americans concerned about Washingtons fiscal cliff who have enough backbone to demand a change.
If conservative Americans dont soon come to the fore on this issue, we will continue to bury ourselves in debt.
The elephants and asses certainly arent going to move without a big push.
In response to McCrorys higher ed comments draw ire (Jan. 30):
Liberal arts produces critical thinkers N.C. badly needs
As a womens studies major who graduated UNC Chapel Hill in 2012, I know firsthand the value of gender studies.
No skill is more pivotal in obtaining and excelling in a career than critical thinking and writing. Through gender studies I learned to think on my own; defend my ideas through writing and research; and, most importantly, to question.
With a solely skills-based education, students lose the ability to think, question and create ideas of their own. North Carolinas economy and our countrys future will depend on people who can see things differently and offer new ideas for old problems.
In response to DA finds shooting by officer justified (Jan. 30):
Wish more police were armed with old-fashioned nightsticks
If my late uncles, who were retired New York City policemen, were alive theyd probably want to know why Charlotte-Mecklenburg police do not carry nightsticks. There seems to be too much reliance on guns in todays police departments.
Robert Demarest Cuminale
Charlotte shouldnt be outsourcing its pet licensing
Its bad enough that Charlotte is one of a handful of cities that require neutered house cats to be licensed, but why is it outsourced to a company called Pet Data in Texas?
If Im going to get harassing calls on my cell phone about a $10 cat license, I would hope that a Charlotte-based company would get some money out of it to help our local economy!
In response to Senators detail immigration plan (Jan. 29) and related articles:
Amnesty plan will open flood gates for illegal immigration
The newest amnesty plan is dangerous.
The 1986 amnesty showed that amnesty accelerates the rate of invasion. A 2009 Zogby poll in Mexico showed two-thirds of Mexicans with a member of their immediate household in the United States said amnesty would make people they know more likely to go to America illegally.
Further, under currently proposed plans when an illegal immigrant receives a green card he or she could immediately place family members in a favored position for admittance.
Thus, if 10 million illegal immigrants get a green card, the number could quickly double.
For Americans, this is nothing but bad news.
J. Paige Straley
In response to Thrift-store rivals hurt charities (Jan. 28):
Donation bins misleading; make it clear whos making a profit
Our area is saturated with the for-profit donation boxes.
On the east side, almost every retail business parking area has a for-profit donation box.
These boxes are even in some church parking lots, which could affect the church propertys nonprofit status.
With creative names like Planet Aid those who donate are misled into believing they are donating to a nonprofit.
Collection boxes should be required to be labeled as either For-Profit or Nonprofit.
In response to John Rosemonds 3-year-old may not need nap (Jan. 29 Carolina Living):
One option Rosemond offered zombie parents was ludicrous
The writer is an 89-year-old soon to be great-great grandmother.
Cut the bedroom door of a 3-year-old child in half, re-hang the bottom half so I can control the lock, and then lock the child behind this half door?
Surely, you are joking.
Better advice along this same line would have been for the parents to drink a bottle of vodka, go to their bedroom, lock their door, and let the 3-year-old run loose!
How many parents have cut doors in half to control a sleeping problem?