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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

After 3 months I’m still waiting for Gov. McCrory to take charge

Three months into Gov. Pat McCrory’s term and it’s official – we’re “the Dumb State.”

Has he led any open hearings, public discussions, inquiries, negotiations?

Instead, the team of Bob Rucho/Thom Tillis has rammed embarrassing, unworthy proposals through.

Why sabotage the public school system? Penalize young college-voters? Meddle in divorce? Defy federal laws? Not to mention a “state religion.” And, what have they got against the city of Charlotte?

Will the grownups please start a conversation on jobs? Gov. McCrory, put on your big-boy pants and govern.

Fran Stuart

Charlotte


In response to “What to know about immigration” (April 8):

My questions concerning immigration need answers too

Under “What’s the problem?” and “How to keep businesses from employing people who are in the U.S. illegally,” this article should have also included:

• How to keep our schools from educating people who are in the U.S. illegally.

• How to keep our medical providers from providing health care to people who are in the U.S. illegally.

• How to keep our DMV from giving driver’s licenses to people who are in the U.S. illegally.

• How to keep our government from providing welfare and other services to those who are in the U.S. illegally.

Mike Long

Conover


In response to “Obama ‘determined as ever’ for gun bill” (April 9) and related articles:

Immoral for GOP senators to block all efforts at gun control

It’s unconscionable that there are members of the U.S. Senate who will not even allow a vote on gun control legislation!

We do not live in the 1800s and have no need to be packing guns everywhere we go.

By their outrageous inaction and threats, these politicians are doing their best to take us back to that era where shootouts are a common way of settling disputes. It’s an absolute disgrace, and in my judgment, immoral!

Gene Doar

Charlotte


In response to “I applaud Rep. Ford’s attempt to stick up for Christian majority” (April 8 Forum):

Bill of Rights protects us all, even those we disagree with

If Forum writer Ernie Penley would like to live in a country that has an official religion established by the majority, he should check out Iran.

People practicing minority religions in countries like Iran, live in fear. They have no protections, no Bill of Rights, like we do in America.

If Mr. Penley were in the minority here, he might be singing a different tune.

Those in Rowan County who insist on having secular prayers prior to their meetings have every right to do so – in the parking lot.

Steve Rubin

Charlotte


In response to “Panthers help may fall short” (April 9):

Panthers are a 2-state team, seek money from both states

Jerry Richardson was very intentional about naming the team the “Carolina” Panthers not the “Charlotte” Panthers, saying it was a regional team and that he wanted to be inclusive of fans in surrounding communities.

That’s great. Let’s make sure to include all of the Carolinas now.

Why don’t the Panthers ask S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley or the mayors of Greenville and Spartanburg for money to help fund Bank of America stadium renovations? How about it, Jerry?

Gregg Walker

Charlotte

In response to “N.C. lawmakers seek to legalize, tax sweepstakes” (April 4):

Legalize electronic gambling; North Carolina needs those jobs

The biggest gambling rip-off is the N.C. Lottery with its scratch-off tickets which draw people’s money left and right. Yes, it’s the poorer class of people hoping to win “the big one.”

N.C. has its lottery. Let others play the machines if they choose.

Thousands of jobs were lost in North Carolina over this issue.

Ernest Lippard

Iron Station


Voter ID not just prudent, it’s an incumbent responsibility

To say that there is “no evidence of widespread voter fraud” is in itself fraudulent.

The nature of fraud is deception, so without voter ID we don’t know how much voter fraud actually takes place.

Pass a law that requires positive identification to vote. It is the right thing to do to ensure election integrity.

John E. Lane

Charlotte


In response to “Is renewable energy law good for N.C.? No” (April 7 Viewpoint):

Tax breaks for oil companies are what hurts all of us

Taylor Smith of The Heartland Institute argues that renewables are a heavy cost burden, especially on the poor.

Since the Institute is heavily financed by the Koch brothers, whose oil investments taint any argument, I take what Smith says with a large pinch of salt. It’s what he omits that negates his argument.

Worldwide in 2012 fossil fuel companies benefited from $1.9 trillion in taxpayer subsidies – over $500 billion alone in the U.S. Do companies like Exxon, with $45 billion in profits in 2012, require subsidies from our taxes?

If that doesn’t hurt everyone in the pocketbook, I don’t know what does.

Alan Burns

Charlotte

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