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Obama’s response seems to deny severity of 2 vital issues

The main functions of federal government are to protect our borders and see that our economy runs efficiently. Today we’re $16 trillion in debt with a very belligerent Iran on the precipice of obtaining nuclear weapons.

Incredulously, we have a president who tells us these problems are under control.

While ignoring the Simpson-Bowles recommendations for reducing our deficit and making us believe that the threat of Iran is under control, President Obama’s sleight of hand approach to these death-defying problems has not been seen since the performances of the great magician Harry Houdini. Poof, all gone.

Barry Marshall

Charlotte


In response to “Pink driver’s licenses: What’s the benefit?” (Feb. 28 Editorial):

That pink license is akin to the Stars of David that Jews wore

The “No Lawful Status” driver’s license is another gesture to repudiate an Obama program, regardless of the harm to people and the state’s economy.

The pink license plan goes beyond the callousness and financial irrationality underlying proposals like the one to prevent expansion of Medicaid to 500,000 low-income, working adults at virtually no cost to the state. The pink license betrays a mean-spiritedness.

Its promoters would do well to remember that in another time and place Jews were made to wear Stars of David.

James F. Cook

Concord


In response to “Airport bill flies to N.C. Senate floor” (Feb. 28):

Proposed airport takeover amounts to GOP retaliation

The state proposes taking ownership of a valuable physical asset from the City of Charlotte, yet no one is talking about the state reimbursing the city for a property worth many millions.

If the airport authority takes control of the land and facilities in some warped form of eminent domain, the city must be paid the fair market value of the real estate and all its improvements.

But the elephant in the room – that overshadows all else – is Republican retribution for the citizens of Charlotte and Mecklenburg having the audacity to vote for a Democratic mayor, council, et al. It’s a shame the price will be the breaking of something that isn’t broken.

Michael Warner

Charlotte


In response to “Slain tot had bruises on bruises, prosecutor says” (Feb. 27):

Diminished capacity defense in death of toddler disturbing

I cannot believe that anyone regardless of their childhood could beat their own baby from head to toe and cause death. Maybe not “some street thug,” but a thug nevertheless.

The defense of diminished capacity just doesn’t fly in this case. Who will provide justice for this baby? What a tragedy!

Barbara Kerr

Charlotte


In response to “For North Carolina, life changing reform is coming soon” (Feb. 27 Opinion):

Another change N.C. should make: Reverse impact fee ban

Tom Campbell failed to mention the legislative ban on impact fees on housing developments in 97 percent of N.C. counties. This ban is the direct cause of our current inadequate infrastructure after 12 years of Charlotte area growth. Gov. Pat McCrory: Please ask that the ban on impact fees be rescinded for all counties, immediately.

Carolyn Lawson

Huntersville


In response to “Economic leaders decry tensions” (Feb. 22):

City/state tension highlighted while positive news ignored

I was disappointed in coverage of the Global Competitiveness Summit last week at Central Piedmont Community College.

The article focused mostly on recent tensions between the city and state. What about all the positives discussed that day?

Michael Gallis laid out a great vision for our region. The German ambassador to the U.S. spoke positively about Charlotte-German cooperation. GIZ, a German governmental organization that focuses on international cooperation, announced its first U.S. branch will open in Charlotte.

Let’s choose to focus more on the positive than the negative.

Gregg Walker

Charlotte


$9K Oscar gown an odd display of excess in this economy

The writer is a Medical Assisting instructor at CPCC.

It has been reported that Michelle Obama’s Oscar dress, in which she was seen for only a few minutes from the waist up, cost $9,000.

Regardless of who paid for it, at a community college like CPCC that amount of money could train a student for a career in Medical Assisting with plenty left over to fill a closet with scrubs and comfortable shoes.

In this time of economic crisis, when many of my students are struggling to make ends meet while training for a high-demand career, it seems an odd display of priorities and excess.

Linda Ramge

Belmont


In response to “Rethink stereotypes of the South” (Feb. 28 Viewpoint):

Lots to like about the South, that’s why so many stay

Columnist Jason Husser has nothing to worry about. The South has lower housing costs, a better climate, lower taxes, and generally the people are friendlier. In short, the quality of life is better. Why do you think so many Yankees move down here and never move back?

Patrick Carney

Charlotte

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