In response to Panthers profits high in report (March 8):
Use lottery proceeds to help Panthers stadium upgrades
Years ago, when the Baltimore Orioles wanted a new baseball stadium, they worked with the Maryland Lottery to create scratch-off games to help fund it. If you supported the team, you bought a ticket. If you didnt support the team or the idea of a new stadium, you didnt buy it.
Prizes included signed team merchandise and season passes, as well as money.
The Orioles were able to fund a new stadium very quickly. The idea worked so well, it was used again to help fund the Baltimore Ravens stadium.
This could be an easy answer for the Carolina Panthers.
In response to McCrory signs bill blocking Medicaid (March 7):
If McCrory doesnt feel bad about Medicaid bill, he should
Sometimes when governors sign bills into law, they do it to great fanfare. Sometimes, if they are ashamed of their actions, they do it behind closed doors.
Just how Gov. Pat McCrory felt when he privately signed a law that denies a half-million of his most vulnerable citizens health insurance under Medicaid, we may never know.
At least seven other conservative Republican governors had the compassionate courage and economic good sense to accept federal dollars for their states, providing both coverage and health industry jobs.
If our former mayor is not ashamed, maybe he should be.
Raleigh GOP is looking wiser than ever to this Democrat
As a registered Democrat, Im dismayed by recent actions of our mayor and City Council.
In addition to the increases in CATS fares and CMUD rates last year, we have a proposal to increase property taxes to pay for a streetcar the mayor wants.
Weve seen the shenanigans over the stadium. Now the mayor says the sequester may force another tax increase.
Never thought Id say this, but Im starting to appreciate those Republicans in Raleigh who are blocking the citys proposals. Ill keep this in mind next election.
In response to Suit over death of Tisdale rejected (March 7):
Glad to see common sense prevail in Tisdale lawsuit
With all due respect and sympathy for the family of Delvonte Tisdale, it is a sad reflection on our litigious society that a plaintiff and attorney can allege with any seriousness that an airline and airport were negligent because they failed to warn Tisdale of the dangers associated with boarding a plane as a passenger in the wheel well of an airplane.
Thank you, Superior Court Judge Hugh Lewis, for a common sense ruling.
In response to the Observer series Breaking Through:
Second Ward High coaches played important role too
Thank you for the articles on Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick. Id like to add to the list of those who helped place Jimmie Lee on his remarkable lifes journey.
In the Where are they now segment, the names of the coaches from Second Ward High School were omitted. They were: Robert Montgomery, W.T. Moten and James Bumps Elliott.
They helped guide and prepare him, not only for football, but for the difficult challenges of moving from a world of segregation to desegregation.
Winston B. Fletcher
Step up enforcement of ban
on cars parked in front yards
Several years ago Charlotte passed an ordinance against people parking vehicles on front lawns. More and more I see five and six cars parked at homes that are supposed to be single-family. As a result, the lawns get chewed up.
Wheres the enforcement?
In response to Tower loss risks NASCAR flights (March 7):
Let NASCAR owners, drivers dig around for money for tower
The obvious solution to loss of funding at Concord Regional Airport is for the folks who use it to pony up. All you NASCAR team owners and drivers dig around in your couch cushions and come up with the money to fund the air traffic controllers.
It shouldnt be a burden, but if you have to give up a trip to wherever it is you go in the off-season or not buy that new Lamborghini, then so be it. Youll survive. Problem solved.
In response to Obama, Dems using sequester to take down GOP at the polls (March 6 Forum):
GOP doesnt get off the hook that easy for role in sequester
Forum writer Tom Quigley might want to call GOP leaders and let them in on the secret that sequester is a success.
If Mr. Quigley is correct, their attempts to pin the blame for it on Obama are seriously misguided. It cant be both something to laud his interpretation and something to lambaste the loud and repeated assertion of GOP leadership.
As to his implied solution for resolving fiscal chicken, the game requires both sets of participants to engage.
Mary F. Englebert