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In response to “Refunds for Meck reval may take 2-3 years” (Feb. 20):

Unfair to expect taxpayers to wait 2 to 3 years for refunds

I appreciate Rep. Bill Brawley and Sen. Jeff Tarte stepping up to the plate to make sure this is handled. Unfortunately, two to three years is an unacceptable amount of time for government to “make this right.”

The government has never extended me two to three years when my taxes were due. But they have no problem taking their sweet time when it’s money coming out of their pockets.

Trigg Cherry

Charlotte


In response to “Mall seeks $5.1M in tax breaks” (Feb. 19):

Outlet mall plan has serious drawbacks, bleak future

Outlet malls are built and open with great hoopla, then deteriorate. Outlet stores close, third-class shops move in and the mall becomes a blight.

Before the Tanger mall even got off the ground a competitor plan was scrapped. In addition, pollution and runoff are serious drawbacks. And attorney Jefferson Brown calls this a “unique opportunity”?

Joe Sutterlin

Charlotte


In response to “CMPD’s perfect review board record” (Feb. 17):

Council must give police review board power to find facts

The writer is a former chair of the Citizens Review Board.

It’s no secret why citizens who complain about police misconduct never get justice before the Citizens Review Board: the board does not have the power to take testimony from the accused officers. All it can do is ask questions of the internal police investigator.

Since the internal investigator has now supported the accused officer 78 times in a row, it’s clear beyond doubt that the board might as well be asking the fox about the hens.

When 78 complainants in a row can’t find out the facts, that’s secret government. As is, the board is a cruel joke, an illusion held out to citizens that a board exists that can give them justice against the police.

If the City Council refuses to give the board the power to find the facts, then it is continuing to hide behind the peculiar Southern myth that policemen can do no wrong. Priests can, presidents can, but police? Never.

George Daly

Charlotte


In response to “Liberals, not Republicans, are crying over defeat of Sen. Lugar” (Feb. 19 Forum):

Tea party members might win primaries, but not final election

Believe me, the “liberals” are more than happy that moderate Sen. Richard Lugar lost to a tea party candidate.

Why? Because a Democrat beat out that tea party candidate in the general election.

It happens time and time again. We love it! Keep it up, Republicans and tea party members.

Holly Hajduk

Matthews

I did cry over Lugar loss because there are few like him

As a North Carolinian, registered Independent and someone who lived in Indiana for 24 years, I’ve voted for both Republicans and Democrats.

In the past few years I’ve found few Republicans who could match the statesmanship Sen. Lugar exhibited.

Most Independent voters look for representatives who can cross party lines and work together for the good of the country, not the good of their respective parties. I did “boo-hoo” with the defeat of Sen. Lugar because his cannot begin to fill his shoes.

Diana Drye

New London


Bush was taken to task over gas prices, yet Obama never is

Of all the examples over the years concerning the media’s adoration of President Obama and lack of critique thereof, one rises to the top of the heap: lack of blame for gas prices.

It probably isn’t his fault, nor the fault of his policies that gas prices have more than doubled under his tenure. However, that didn’t halt the daily paring of President Bush and the oil industry for “gouging” us – and for a much smaller increase.

Stunning.

L.W. Wright

Charlotte


In response to “Once wanted by FBI, Angela Davis now has fans” (Feb. 14):

Wrong to hold Angela Davis

up as a hero to our children

How can a member of the Communist Party and someone who was, at the very least, possibly involved with criminal activity be someone we want to listen to and emulate?

Now we’re writing articles about and sending our children to lectures where Communism and racism are not just accepted, but applauded. If Angela Davis ever chooses to deliver the message that we should all strive to “do the right thing” or admit to it and change when you’ve done the wrong thing, I’ll become her biggest supporter!

Our children deserve real heroes, not icons who rewrite history to serve selfish purposes.

Renee Tench

Stanley


In response to “In area waterways, no end to silt in sight” (Feb. 17):

Don’t ignore Brown’s Cove, problem will only spread

Lake Wylie residents do not oppose growth. We just don’t want our lake destroyed in the process.

Kudos to the airport for agreeing to do its part. It’s disheartening to hear others will not and therefore nothing is being done.

This needs to be handled, not just for Brown’s Cove, but for the rest of the lake. If it isn’t, the Observer will be writing this same article in five years on Boyd’s Cove.

Darrin Skinner

Charlotte

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