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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Lawmakers may widen sales tax” (March 20):

Proposal to tax more services will scare businesses away

N.C. Sen. Bob Rucho and his cronies must be short on gray matter. This tax proposal won’t attract jobs and economic growth in North Carolina.

Imagine a manufacturer moving to a state where water use and insurance on the vehicle fleet are taxed. It’s laughable that anybody could think like this.

The crowd in Raleigh is either intellectually lacking, or in the pocket of special interests.

Jack Hankins

Charlotte


In response to “County manager intends to stay” (March 20):

Negotiate Jones’ severance package, not a new contract

Over the years County Manager Harry Jones has exhibited a lack of management skills and his poor negotiating skills have cost taxpayers millions in wasted settlement costs.

For example, on the payout to the former mental health director, Jones negotiated in secret and had checks already written. Commissioners were unaware until approached by the press.

Instead of rubber stamping another new employment contract drawn up by Jones’ attorney, commissioners should have the county attorney draw up Jones’ severance package.

Jim Van Meerten

Charlotte


In response to “Progressives out of touch on job growth” (March 20 Viewpoint):

It’s David Brooks who is ‘out of touch’ on best economic fix

The economy may not be shrinking, but it certainly isn’t going gangbusters.

There are plenty of shovel-ready jobs – rebuilding infrastructure and our national power grid, and expanding broadband nationwide, to name a few.

These are jobs that need to get done, and at 7.7 percent unemployment I believe we have an underutilized workforce capable of much greater productivity.

Perhaps we don’t need to go as far as Democrats in Congress suggest, but their ideas would create millions of jobs and jumpstart our economy.

Chris Porier

Charlotte


In response to “Airline shares airport’s revenue” (March 17):

Airport digs into my pocket to maintain its low-cost status

Just when I thought US Airways couldn’t reach any deeper into my pocket, we find they’re getting a slice of airport parking and concessions revenue.

So I spend $10 on parking, buy an over-priced $10 lunch, then US Airways and others take $8 more from me before I even pay them $25 to check my bag.

No wonder Charlotte Douglas is called a low-cost airport. We the traveling public are paying a secret tax so the airlines can increase profitability.

Lower the cost of my parking 40 percent, and I’ll bet US Airways doesn’t drop a single flight.

Dennis J. O’Connor

Concord


I applaud N.C. lawmakers for curbing unemployment benefits

Republicans have done one good thing – shorten the duration of unemployment benefits.

Those who oppose such a measure don’t know anything about running a business.

As a business owner, it pains me when I hear people say “My unemployment is running out; I need to start looking for a job.” Yet, I pay higher unemployment taxes to support people who sit home on the couch.

We are finally getting some sensible help out of Raleigh.

John O’Neill

Huntersville


In response to “Man sentenced to life in son’s killing” (March 20):

Hampton deserved death; life sentence will cost taxpayers

It is just unthinkable that a jury would hesitate for one minute and not give the death sentence to Andre Hampton for the murder of his own son.

What is wrong with you people? The facts are in; Hampton did murder his son. He does not deserve to live, and why should taxpayers keep him alive for the rest of his life at our expense?

I am sick of paying for these sick people to be provided a home for the rest of their lives at my – taxpayer – expense.

Felton Newell Temple

Fort Mill, S.C.


In response to “You may forget these wars, but don’t forget these vets” (March 17) Viewpoint:

No matter the war, we owe vets thanks; they served for all of us

As a Vietnam vet, the last advice I got before mustering out was to change into “civvies” as quickly as possible. I didn’t understand until walking through the Oakland airport where I was greeted with one-fingered salutes and cries of baby killer.

As American servicemen and women, we do not get to choose the politics we like when our country calls us. We suit up, shut up and go fight so that our families, friends and political opposites can enjoy the freedoms our forefathers guaranteed all of us.

None of us should ever forget any of these veterans; they all deserve a tickertape parade.

Ken Randall

Matthews


In response to “If this letter is any indication, I can see why USPS is in trouble” (March 18 Forum):

You may curse USPS, but I thank them for a job well done

It was unfortunate that Forum writer Robert Yost had to wait so long to receive his son’s letter.

However, I recently had to ship 19 boxes of wedding decorations to Puerto Rico, mostly glassware and lighting. The staff at the Huntersville post office not only told me how to pack the boxes, but when they would arrive and how to save money by using their Priority shipping.

All the packages arrived within the specified time period and only one jar broke in 19 boxes.

Rose Zukiewicz

Huntersville

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