Pats being pragmatic, by trying to catch up with legislature
In writing about the governor, Associate Editor Peter St. Onge asks Wheres Pragmatic Pat? (Feb. 24 column). Good question but wrong answer.
The ideologues have been doing their odorous business in the legislature for two years now. Pat McCrory just became governor, and hes not in control. Hes being very pragmatic trying to catch up. The game is early, so hopefully in time before its too late for North Carolina he can get his hands on the reins and slow down those wacko cowboys on Jones Street.
John H. Clark
Gov. McCrory, why so silent on Charlotte airport question?
The writer is a former Charlotte mayor pro tem.
Does anyone else want to know Gov. Pat McCrorys position on the bill in the legislature to have our airport governed by an authority? Mayor Pat, where are you on this issue? Its your town. Are you going to sit back and say nothing and let it happen without input from you?
Republicans trying to seize control while they can
People are asking Whats the rush? regarding state governments push to take over Charlottes airport. Its quite simple: power and money. The current Republican majority has the power, and our representatives want all the money they can control to use in promoting their agenda. Forget the We want to reduce government statements. It is what it always is: Those in control want to do unto others as forcefully as they can, before the others take advantage of the pendulums swing and do it unto them.
Airport a city unto itself; let full-time authority govern it
Charlottes airport success and expansion is extraordinary. There should not be a controversy over the propertys future management. Dont mess with Jerry Orrs success and keep politics out of it. A full time Aviation Board is the only solution for this massive future task no matter how many years Orr has left. The airport is almost a city unto itself and Im in favor of an airport authority which will require full time attention.
If Obama cant cut 2 percent of budget, were in big trouble
President Obama exaggerates the effects of sequestration. This is only a 2 percent cut to a $3.6 trillion bloated federal budget. If our elected leaders cannot cut 2 percent of the federal budget in a responsible way, then how can we ever expect to reduce an annual $1.6 trillion deficit let alone $16.5 trillion in public debt?
Jerry K. Sammons
Not catastrophic? Then youre not among affected groups
The headline on David Lightmans article in Sundays Observer indicates that analysts say (the sequesters) effect on public wont be catastrophic.
Its not clear how these analysts define catastrophic, but I doubt many in North Carolina will agree with this assessment when unemployment benefit cuts by the state kick in alongside projected sequester cuts.
Some analysts predict that the sequester will lead in North Carolina to 1) some 2,000 fewer people with disabilities receiving services from Vocational Rehabilitation, 2) more than 18,000 children and mothers losing WIC nutrition aid, and 3) $9 million cut from Head Start.
In response to Cursive tops Basics agenda (Feb. 25):
Like it or not, state law protects print as a legal signature
It was interesting to see N.C. Rep. Pat Hurley denying the legitimacy of printed signatures which are defended by the laws that she is sworn to uphold.
N.C. General Statute 25-1-201 (37) says Signed includes using any symbol executed or adopted with present intention to adopt or accept a writing.
Further, N.C. General Statute 12-3 (10) states, for use in statutes: Provided, that in all cases where a written signature is required by law, the same shall be in a proper handwriting, or in a proper mark.
Rep. Hurley may exclude printed handwriting from the category of a proper handwriting; if so, she has not pointed to any legal defense for such exclusion.
In response to Sens. Feinstein, Graham to be honored for their civility (Feb. 22):
Allegheny College folks must not be watching Graham much
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is getting an award for civility? Thats like Chris Christie getting an award for fitness. I respectfully suggest the good people at Allegheny College use the money instead to get themselves a cable package that includes C-SPAN. Because, as anyone who watches C-SPAN knows, Lindsey Graham is brutally uncivil to any one he disagrees with.
Ida Tarbell, the great Allegheny alum whose investigative reporting famously broke up the Standard Oil monopoly, will be spinning in her grave over her alma mater giving an award to a man who is famous not for investigating special interests, but for protecting them.