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Making college kids vote at home will cost GOP my vote

I’ve been voting for 31 years as a registered Democrat, Republican, or as unaffiliated.

However, that will all change if this legislature and our governor pass Senate Bill 667, requiring my soon-to-be college aged children to vote in my district lest I lose my tax deduction for supporting my children.

This is rank politics.

As responsible citizens, my kids will certainly desire to vote while in college, but I’ll tell them not to do so if it requires missing classes and a five- to six-hour roundtrip to Charlotte.

I know I’m but one voter, but if this bill passes, I will never again vote for any Republican.

Kurt F. Hausler

Charlotte


In response to “Labor chief pushes wage hike” (April 4):

Minimum wage increase won’t have impact Obama, Harris tout

I was amused to read about Acting U.S. Labor Secretary Seth Harris as he swept through Charlotte last week spreading the Obama administration’s “vision” of economic equality by increasing the minimum wage.

He said raising the minimum wage would not mean fewer jobs if done in a “moderate” way.

What he failed to mention is how a 24.1 percent increase – from $7.25 to $9 an hour – can be termed “moderate.”

This is another example of our business-naïve administration, few of whom have balanced a checkbook, let alone met a payroll!

Perry Clark

Huntersville


In response to “Suspect’s gun permit violated law” (April 2):

‘Spin’ in article further proof of media bias toward gun control

That a 2005 FBI background check on Anthony Charles Hardy failed to reflect a recent misdemeanor “prayer for judgment continued” – which is not a conviction – is unremarkable.

Cabarrus County should have run periodic background checks to revoke Hardy’s permit before 2010, but corrected the error and refused his renewal fully three years before his crimes, making concealed handgun permits irrelevant to the story.

Rather than emphasizing that safeguards unique to our law prevented Hardy’s renewal, the Observer ran a front-page headline implying he currently possessed a permit, while burying the truth on page 8A.

That’s yellow journalism at its worst.

F. Paul Valone

Cornelius


In response to “2 GOP lawmakers propose longer waits for divorce in N.C.” (April 4):

Divorce bill makes me cringe; tackle more pressing issues

I am embarrassed to be from North Carolina. The reason: Senate Bill 518.

It’s incredibly numbing to think that in this day and age N.C. lawmakers feel the need to pass a bill that will increase the waiting period for divorce and mandate counseling.

Why aren’t they looking instead at ways to reduce unemployment? Reform N.C. unemployment laws? Improve the education system?

I implore you to have the guts to stand up and table this bill until we have fixed much more pressing issues in our great state.

Meghan Pritchard

Hickory


In response to Fannie Flono’s “Bills are laughable so N.C. is butt of jokes” (April 5 Opinion) and related articles:

Don’t let N.C. be brunt of jokes; vote out GOP ‘comedians’

Fannie Flono nailed it!

This Republican party just wants to “dumb down” everyone so they can run over us. N.C. voters who voted for these “right-wing comedians” deserve what they are doing to our state.

It’s past time to wise up N.C. voters! Vote them out in the next election. Otherwise, we’ll be the laughing stock of the country.

Gary DeShazer

Charlotte

I have faith we can find middle ground; don’t count N.C. out

As a native North Carolinian, I’ve always considered this state the best part of the South.

As a moderate Democrat, recent events involving some Republican state legislators have made me question that belief.

I still believe, however, in Gov. Pat McCrory and Speaker Thom Tillis. And in North Carolina.

I think all three will prove to be worthy representatives of our middle way.

James Rogerson

Charlotte


In response to “ ‘Cheat Death’ hospital slogan draws scrutiny” (April 5):

Slogan makes me feel like Grim Reaper nipping at my heels

Caromont Regional Medical Center’s new tagline, “Cheat Death,” focuses on fear, not a feeling of well-being.

Everybody dies and death can be a peaceful, welcome ally.

Our goal should be to “Embrace Health” and emphasize quality of life while we are here.

Marjorie Storch

Charlotte


In response to “Polk birthplace site could be a victim of budget cuts” (March 28):

Keep history alive, don’t let budget cuts close Polk site

Since the 1800s our branch of the Polk family has known that President James K. Polk and his extended family were our kinsmen. My two brothers and I visited the Polk historic site in Pineville last October.

We would certainly not like to see it closed. Local school children and other visitors would lose out on the hands-on experiences of living history that site manager Scott Warren and his staff do so well.

Let’s keep our history alive.

John S. Polk

Hot Springs, Ark.

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