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In response to “Bill overhauling jobless benefits headed to McCrory” (Feb. 14):

Reducing jobless benefits hurts the poor; N.C. must do better

The headline on this article should have said: “Reducing jobless benefits by 35%.”

What has happened to Christian values?

I don’t know how Sen. Tom Apodaca understands his world, but this bill says the state government doesn’t care about people – especially the poor and underprivileged.

This bill makes me ashamed of North Carolina.

David Robinson

Charlotte


In response to “Obama on economy: We can fix it, and we will” (Feb. 13):

President simply unleashed more job-killing ideas

President Obama said that we can’t expect government to solve all our problems. But then he prescribed a government-run, top-down approach that assumes that nothing good can happen unless the president and his cadre call the shots.

Even his bid to fight “climate change” is just a ruse to tax and regulate more so he can “invest” the people’s money in $535 million boondoggles like Solyndra.

Keith T. Brittain

Pineville


In response to “US Airways, American to announce merger” (Feb. 14):

It’s a mistake to give merged airline name of ‘failing’ airline

American Airlines is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and struggling.

US Airways comes along and offers to merge with it. After many months, an agreement is made and the deal is announced.

The CEO of the “failing” airline is announced as temporary chairman of the merged airline. The new name will be the name of the “failing” airline, American Airlines.

I don’t understand this logic.

I thought success was promoted and failure demoted. This name will be forever in the public’s eye and the more successful US Airways will be lost.

Huh? Did I miss something?

Sally Coulter

Charlotte

Airline merger giving me flashbacks of bank fiasco

American Airlines, in bankruptcy since 2011, seems to be calling the shots with regard to a merger with US Airways.

That’s tantamount to the banks having made bad decisions then telling the U.S. Treasury how much money they’ll get to stay open for business – then cutting the number of employees and raising fees on customers.

Oh wait… That happened too!

Floyd Prophet

Kannapolis


In response to “Senate votes strongly to expand domestic violence act” (Feb. 13):

House Republicans wrong to block domestic violence bill

It’s hard to believe the struggle to pass the Violence Against Women Act has endured.

Every second that goes by without this law’s passage, a victim of domestic violence becomes another statistic.

This law is for every woman of any nationality, religion or sexual preference. We have every reason to pass this law without further delay.

Lorraine Stark

Matthews


In response to “Bill that would lift fracking moratorium advances” (Feb. 14):

Think long term, don’t put state’s water at risk for jobs

N.C. Sen. E.S. “Buck” Newton not only wants to put at risk the potable water of eastern North Carolina, but he wants to sweeten the pot with “favorable conditions for the industry.”

It’s the right of voters in Newton’s district to elect a representative who clearly does not have their own environmental best interests at heart. However, I don’t want him requesting government help – state or federal – when his constituents have to get their drinking water from tanker trucks or must clean up the toxic mess left behind from this venture.

This is just one more example of our current General Assembly risking the future of our state for short-term, shortsighted “gains.”

Mary F. Englebert

Statesville


I don’t support raising taxes so Jerry Richardson can get richer

I find it appalling that the City of Charlotte would propose raising taxes for stadium upgrades.

More appalling is that the state of North Carolina would even consider it.

What the state should be considering is raising taxes to upgrade city, county and state infrastructure.

Raise taxes to repair or replace bridges, roads, water/sewer systems, and to support our educational systems.

Doing that would also create jobs. That, I will support.

Douglas Hager

Charlotte


Liquor ads should be banned from state wildlife publication

I was just reading the 2013 Spring Fishing and Boating Guide, a publication of Wildlife in North Carolina, which is “the official educational publication of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.”

I was appalled to see a full-page ad for “Big Rack Premium Vodka,” which features a silhouette of a buck deer on a bottle with a camouflage design.

The ad copy said “hunt with class,” and “lose yourself.”

As someone with a lifetime subscription, I’d suggest that if the state can not afford to publish a family “educational” magazine without resorting to liquor ads, they should shut it down.

Bob Caldwell

Charlotte

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