In response to “Plan to grab savings in Cyprus shocks Europe” (March 19):
‘Tax and spend’ to blame for problems in Cyprus, at home
The political “robber barons” in Europe now want to tax savings accounts at the bank.
If we can’t trust our banks, are we supposed to carry our money in our socks? For goodness sakes, we can’t even die without paying a death tax.
Just stop the spending and taxing at home and abroad, because the way we’re going would make a preacher cuss.
In response to “President Obama failed his duty to submit budget; GOP hasn’t” (March 19 Forum):
Budget GOP put forth would take us back to ‘feudal system’
Forum writer James Sutton feels that President Obama is buying votes by supporting programs that were set up as safety nets for the less fortunate.
In some eyes it seems a good budget is the one the GOP put forth; it rewards the haves by cutting the programs of those who have not. Austerity can be quite palatable when you’re at the top of the food chain.
It is sad to think some would consider reverting to the feudal system as a breath of fresh air.
In response to “ ‘God knows I’m innocent’ ” (March 17):
We have a moral obligation to free the innocent; use DNA
There are inmates across this country languishing in prison for crimes we are not positive they committed. Is it too much to ask for the judicial system to review the case of everyone in prison who was incarcerated prior to widespread use of DNA?
Yes, it would be extremely costly, but it is far less expensive than the cost to the public to keep someone in prison for years and years.
Shawn R. Cunningham
Sledge case confirms why N.C. must eliminate death penalty
Since the system has proven to be imperfect when it comes to being infallible in our decisions regarding a person’s liberty or life, it’s time we let go of the practice of killing people to prove it’s wrong to kill people.
Although Joseph Sledge was not on death row, imagine him being denied a chance to prove his innocence and then being put to death?
N.C. legislators, join the 18 states that have overturned the death penalty. It’s long overdue.
In response to “Airport dispute has a history” (March 17) and related articles:
I see major problems with
plan for an airport authority
I really understand there might be a case made for an airport/intermodal authority governance; however, the current approach by the N.C. General Assembly has several problems.
1. It feels like an ugly political power grab.
2. The proposed structure seems so diffused as to not have any accountability.
3. Being located within Charlotte, it seems a spirit of partnership and cooperation between the city and the authority would be absolutely necessary. Good luck with that now.
Jerry Orr has done a terrific job. It is regrettable to have this tawdry end to a stellar career.
Mary Lou Cagle
Crucial to keep airport costs low; authority would do that
The writer is a retired US Airways pilot.
Rep. Bill Brawley is correct to say: “But many business leaders are concerned that Charlotte is about to stop managing the airport wisely, which would harm the whole region.”
The untimely discussion of taxing airport parking to pay for city projects is a timely red flag that Charlotte City government can no longer be trusted with this economic engine that is the airport.
The next airport director may not have the same ability or influence that Jerry Orr has to keep costs low.
Given the low percentage of originating passengers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, a continued low cost structure is essential to maintaining or expanding the current level of airline service.
In response to “Marches of folly, from Iraq invasion to the deficit” (March 19):
Krugman’s a ‘shameless promoter of fiscal recklessness’
Seriously, did you guys read Paul Krugman’s piece before your published it today?
Do you agree with the logic that since groupthink led to the awful decade of war in Iraq that the same groupthink is necessarily just as wrong in thinking $16 trillion in national debt is too much?
This premise is laughable and pathetic at the same time.
The laughable part is that Krugman thinks his isolation amongst his economic peers is due to his genius.
The pathetic part is that Krugman is such a shameless promoter of fiscal recklessness and your paper is complicit in this folly.
Media quick to criticize pope; give his Holiness a chance
Pope Francis faces a daunting task vs. the media already hard at work trying to dig up some “dirt.”
The vast mast majority of Catholics and non-Catholics are willing to give the man a chance to take the God-loving, peace-loving masses to his heart, and not listen to the publicity-seeking media that insists on besmirching his Holiness before his forthcoming accomplishments are realized.
It is my opinion the naysayers will ultimately lose out.
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