In response to “Obama on the economy: We can fix it, and we will” (Feb. 13):
All the new programs Obama wants come with a serious cost
President Obama’s ideas for improving the economy center around increased government spending and control, and higher taxation of the same citizens who pay most of our taxes. The result so far: $6 trillion in new debt in four years and declining employment and incomes.
It is quite misleading for him to say in one breath that he wants public preschool for all 4 year olds, then say that his proposals will not cost a dime.
Conservatives understand that free enterprise drives the economy. This administration’s actions have hindered our nation’s businesses and a recovery, as well as misrepresented GOP positions.
Lack of health care poses the greater threat, governor
Gov. Pat McCrory says Medicaid expansion poses “great threat to taxpayers.”
I wish he and the N.C. Republican party were equally concerned about the greater threat a lack of health care poses to half a million needy North Carolinians.
Instead of making excuses, McCrory should show real leadership and do three things at once: Accept the federal funding for Medicaid expansion; hold administrators accountable for running an efficient program; and increase penalties for Medicaid abuses.
In response to “Where CMS meets college” (Feb. 11):
Cato Middle College a success; bet parents are common thread
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison’s observation that “our students come from many cultural contexts and backgrounds” could not be more apparent in the photo of the students enrolled in Cato Middle College.
Cato is comprised of 46 percent black, 36 percent white, 9 percent Hispanic, 8 percent Asian and a whopping 33 percent low income CMS kids.
Their stellar graduation rate is 100 percent.
Race and income are clearly no obstacle for these kids.
I suggest a study be done on these successful students and let’s see what the common thread is. Donuts to dollars, these kids and their families value education above all else – and then they and their families walk the walk.
In response to “Escalators are key in stadium renovation” (Feb. 12) and related articles:
Richardson’s request for help with stadium not unreasonable
I can’t blame Jerry Richardson for asking for taxpayer money for stadium upgrades. If you don’t ask, you don’t know.
It would have been wise for our so-called “leaders” to at least ask for financial reports – income statements, balance sheet, etc. – to determine need, if any.
And, don’t worry about the Panthers moving to Los Angeles. The Rams moved to St. Louis years ago and Oakland moved to L.A. and then moved back to Oakland. The support is not there in L.A.
Stadium already upgraded for Wi-Fi, now Panthers want more
Panthers owner Jerry Richardson wants to spend $25 million on improved bandwidth for mobile phone networks and Wi-Fi service.
I recall an Aug. 23 Observer article detailing extensive upgrades AT&T completed on the 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi services in preparation for President Obama’s DNC acceptance speech at the stadium. Other AT&T infrastructure upgrades included 468 boxes holding equipment for Wi-Fi access points throughout the stadium.
With all of this provided at zero cost to the Panthers, I’m curious why Mr. Richardson feels the need to spend $25 million more of taxpayers’ money to fix something that “ain’t broke.”
Some of the many reasons N.C. should say ‘no’ to fracking
Our geology is different from other states; we have shale formation within the water table.
The “Halliburton loophole” allows for use of carcinogens in fracking fluids, which eventually reach the water table.
Livestock in some fracking areas are sick/dying, not producing milk, tails falling off, etc., and they reach our food chain.
Fracking-induced seismic activity could jeopardize N.C. nuclear power plants.
Elsewhere, fracking has caused: earthquakes; road damage caused by heavy equipment required for the process; homeowner’s insurance and mortgages to be denied; water shortages; and falling home prices.
Who would relocate to live or move their business here?
In response to “Mistakes can be your greatest blessings” (Feb. 13):
Typo’s tale was tender, touching; thanks, Mark
Mark Washburn’s column this morning about his dog Typo is one of the most tender items of its kind I’ve ever seen.
His love, and his family’s love, for this wonderful companion came through in every sentence. Yet at the same time he managed to convey that special love that a pet has for its owners.
The treatment of Typo’s final nap brought tears to my eyes.
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