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In response to “Lower taxes help N.C. win battle for jobs” (Jan. 30 Opinion):

Berger got his American Dream, doesn’t 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 haven’t 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.

Vicki Taylor

Troutman


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 Washington’s fiscal cliff who have enough backbone to demand a change.

If conservative Americans don’t soon come to the fore on this issue, we will continue to bury ourselves in debt.

The elephants and asses certainly aren’t going to move without a big push.

Fred Berta

Cornelius


In response to “McCrory’s higher ed comments draw ire” (Jan. 30):

Liberal arts produces critical thinkers N.C. badly needs

As a women’s 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 Carolina’s economy and our country’s future will depend on people who can see things differently and offer new ideas for old problems.

Billy Kluttz

Concord


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 they’d probably want to know why Charlotte-Mecklenburg police do not carry nightsticks. There seems to be too much reliance on guns in today’s police departments.

Robert Demarest Cuminale

Charlotte


Charlotte shouldn’t be outsourcing its pet licensing

It’s 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 I’m 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!

Charlie Coffin

Charlotte


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

Hickory


In response to “Thrift-store rivals hurt charities” (Jan. 28):

Donation bins misleading; make it clear who’s 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 property’s 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.”

Floyd Seitz

Charlotte


In response to John Rosemond’s “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?

Helen Hatley

Conover

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