In response to The Court gets an opinion on marriage (March 27 Our View) and other articles:
Im worried about my rights if gays are allowed to marry
If gay marriage becomes law of the land, people who believe only in one man and one woman marriages will have their rights infringed upon. There will be lawsuits against people who refuse to rent a facility to or photograph the couple. It has already happened.
My right to believe in one man and one woman marriage will not be tolerated. The ramifications are huge.
Ann Marie Lloyd
In response to Our leaders in Washington must fix the debt problem (March 27 For the Record) and other articles:
Duke could help economy by investing in natural resources
Does Duke Energys Rogers think his show of concern about the national debt will distract Charlotteans from known carcinogens seeping into our water from Dukes coal ash ponds?
Rogers could protect the economy by getting Duke off fossil fuels like coal, which is cheap only if you dont count externalities like cleaning up massive coal-slurry lagoons or cancers caused by arsenic or brain damage caused by mercury.
For the sake of its own shareholders and N.C.s economy and health, Duke should invest in our states abundant solar and wind resources or get out of the way so others can do it.
So now Duke CEO Rogers is concerned about wastefulness?
Mr. Rogers deep concern for the welfare of our nation should instead be focused on his own company, Duke Energy. In his commentary concerning the rising national debt, Rogers uses words such as wasteful, non-sustainable, and inefficient. All are terms that perfectly describe Dukes latest energy plan being considered right now by the N.C. Utilities Commission.
Are rate hikes for more dirty energy really good for our economy, Mr. Rogers? Are the costs associated with human health really good for our economy? Cleaner energy is always cheaper in the end.
In response to Dont ban box; employers need to know who theyre hiring and A dynamic web presence would help museums new mission (March 27 Forum):
Kudos to letter writers for making points without insults
I thank the Observer for printing opinions from Bill Lane and Phil Kabza today. I take no stance on their opinions and applaud them for providing them without insulting those that disagree with them.
It seems that changing the hearts and minds of others will go much easier without insults. Lets elevate the discussion.
Panthers stadium upgrade will provide plenty of city revenue
At the current real estate tax rate, the $300,000,000 upgrade to Bank of America stadium is approximately $3,750,000 additional property tax out of the Panthers annual cash flow and into the citys checkbook.
Coupled with the additional food and beverage tax, this ought to buy the city a lot of toys paid for by the Sunday afternoon Nightmare on Mint Street. Ill be there cheering for the team: Go Queen City!
In response to N.C. bill targets hospital prices (March 28):
Thanks for the wake-up call
on disclosing medical costs
In Phoenix, Ariz., only last week, administrative executives with hospitals were conducting a joint meeting in preparation for justification and public disclosure on salaries and other costs which fall on the shoulders of their patients. The Observers recent disclosure on this subject is one more wake up call of both clarity and conscience.
Congratulations to Senators Rucho and Brown for stepping up to the plate on this one!
Harold R. Soutier Sr.
For those who signed off on sequestration, a suggestion
Many federal employees will lose 20 percent or more of their expected income by sequestration. It would show true sympathy for folks in that position if all U.S. senators and representatives would each contribute 20 percent of their incomes derived from their salary to soup kitchens and homeless shelters and other assistance organizations in their home states.
In response to Who will save whom? (March 26 Viewpoint) and This also grates on ears (March 27 Forum):
How about a crusade for grammar, not handwriting?
I teach English grammar each day to three classes of third graders who have become grammar spies.
The biggest mistake they have found, while listening to their elders, is with the usage of good and well. Ask anyone how they are doing and listen to their response. Most people respond, Im good. I tell my students, Yes, you are a good person, but you are doing well.
I would much rather see a crusade in North Carolina for teaching grammar than cursive writing! Handwriting doesnt define ones education, but when the mouth is opened all doubt is taken away.
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