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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Foxx: Sequester may force city tax hike” (March 1):

Mayor, council want to tax to pay for their overspending

On Feb. 28, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx went on MSNBC telling the citizens of Charlotte that he “may have to” raise taxes because the sequestration may result in a minor cut of federal money coming to Charlotte.

This is in addition to the taxes he wants to raise due to the Charlotte City Council’s reckless spending.

The current Charlotte City Council believes your tax dollars belong to them, and the mayor looks for any chance to raise taxes.

As private citizens we are not allowed to overspend just because we want to do so. We must live within our means. It’s time to make sure our City Council does as well. It’s your money!

Kenny Smith

Charlotte


In response to “Obama, GOP can’t reach deal; cuts begin” (March 2) and other articles:

Would a pay freeze get Washington to start working?

I would be willing to bet, if all pay and benefits were stopped or frozen for all of the members of Congress, Senate, and staff, all the way up to the President, you would see some fair marble playing and solutions, not excuses. I vote we give that a try.

Claude Dill

Concord

Mandatory cuts, while not ideal, are a good step

You would think a tornado was approaching the way the sequestration is being reported. But, in reality, the vast majority of people won’t even notice it.

It is true that this cut in government spending will hurt selected parts of the economy. It’s inevitable. Our economy has become very dependent on government spending. So, any cut in spending will cause ripples in the economic waters.

While not ideal, it is the best deal on cuts in government spending we are likely to get. So I say, spending has been cut. Congress, move on to the next items: creating a budget for the government (there hasn’t been one in three years) and extending the government’s borrowing authority.

Ronald McCraw

Salisbury


In response to “Duke won’t be repaid from DNC” (March 1):

Duke Energy and DNC: A symbol of the Democratic Party’s ills

Of course the DNC won’t pay their Duke Energy account. It is a typical Democratic Party attitude: overspending what they don’t have and expecting to be forgiven without judgment.

Now which party has the spending problem?

Ann Marie Lloyd

Charlotte


In response to “The danger of vouchers” (March 2, N.C. Opinions):

School vouchers give choice, just as other vouchers have

The arguments presented against public education vouchers are emotional and do not square with the facts. Vouchers have a very respectable history. Higher education is essentially a voucher system, with public universities; the GI Bill, Head Start, charter schools, food stamps, Social Security, AFDC (which was a failure for other reasons) all were and are voucher programs.

Medicare and Medicaid are not voucher programs, and we all know how successful they are. At bottom, the argument against vouchers is that the public cannot be trusted to make their own choices.

Rodney D. Wood

Charlotte


In response to “Court storming creates hazard” (March 2):

I know danger, fright that can come from crowds, trampling

After being knocked down on top of an elderly lady holding a 4-month-old baby while getting trampled at an outdoor concert, I highly encourage the ACC to prohibit court storming while celebrating a win at the end of their basketball games.

The picture on the front page of the Saturday Observer brought back the horrible memory of being smashed on top of the baby, while people continued to run over the top of my head!

Thankfully, the baby was OK, but this type of mad dash to the court could cause serious injury – not to mention, liability.

Liza Neerincx

Charlotte


In response to “Breaking Through” (three-part Observer series):

Thank you for telling story of

Kirkpatrick, Myers Park High

Thank you for the insightful and memory-provoking series of articles about the 1965 (Class of 1966) Mustang football team. As a member of that class, it is worth noting that Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick (and the other pioneers who braved and paved the way) won the friendship and respect of their classmates off the field as well.

The character and caliber of the 600 members of our graduating class were on display to the community in those tense days.

In all respects, the Myers Park High School Class of 1966 stands out for leaving an indelible mark. Thanks for telling our story and Jimmie Lee’s story in such an excellent manner.

Ernest Dwight

Charlotte

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