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No tolls on I-77; legislature owes Meck what was promised

All-purpose additional lanes are what was promised on Interstate 77, and what’s obviously needed. They’re 15 to 20 years past due.

N.C. voters spoke out loudly against the cronyism that has plagued this state for decades, giving Republicans a majority and a mandate to reduce wasteful spending, get our great state back on track, and yes, sanely set N.C. DOT project priorities.

Local lawmakers must stand firm against this ill-conceived toll lane project.

N.C. residents have been paying some of the highest state gas taxes in the South for decades. To settle for toll lanes after waiting patiently for “our turn” is totally unacceptable.

Darryl Bost

Mooresville


In response to “A new, but still risky, city contract program” (April 11 Editorial):

Race and gender-based hiring penalizes hard-working owners

As the female owner of a Florida business for 35 years, I experienced the City of Miami’s race- and gender-based hiring program. When it came time to bid, the City told me that as the only female in the flag business I would get the order.

I refused to take part in this scam. Why should my hard-working male competition be penalized?

Cindy Zoeller

Charlotte


Bill would be a setback for N.C.’s clean energy efforts

The writer is executive director of the N.C. Association of Professional Loggers.

North Carolina’s clean energy sector, a growing part of our state’s economy, is at risk from House Bill 298.

It would repeal the state’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard, which has helped create more than 21,000 new jobs since 2007.

N.C.’s forest sector, including landowners, loggers, truckers and mills, provides job-creating renewable and sustainable products, including paper, plywood, lumber and wood fuel chips.

Tell your state representatives to protect this pro-business, clean energy law from a harmful repeal.

Doug Duncan

Cary


In response to “More N.C. firms cut health insurance” (April 11):

I blame N.C. General Assembly for state’s anemic recovery

Between employers dropping insurance for employees and hospitals using the N.C. General Assembly to continue banking huge profits, it’s no wonder other states are doing way better than us with economic recovery.

Floyd Prophet

Kannapolis


Focus on violent video games rather than removing gun rights

Slowly taking away the rights of the American citizen to own guns isn’t what should be happening in Congress.

Congress should instead be looking into the violent, mind-numbing video games kids are playing.

When kids are “playing games” in which the goal is to kill as many people as you can with no consequences, they grow up thinking it’s no big deal, it’s just a game.

Parents, take control of your children’s Wii, Xbox, PlayStation – whatever is feeding this violence in their growing and learning minds.

Mark Summey

Kings Mountain

In response to “Sen. Hagan, don’t let another Sandy Hook massacre happen” (April 11 Forum):

To end killings, first address parenting failures of today

The Sandy Hook massacre and recent killing of a 13-month-old in a stroller by a teenager are two examples of why more gun control laws won’t work.

Both young men possessed guns illegally. No background check would have prevented these tragedies, nor would a ban on assault weapons.

Instead, the facts in both cases indicate a terrible abdication of parental responsibility.

Child training is something we used to do better 50 years ago. We need to examine what has changed and determine how we can encourage families to promote better character.

All the gun laws ever devised cannot protect us against a catastrophic failure of parenting.

Joanna M. Reynolds

Charlotte


In response to “Airport fight: City vs. region” (April 12):

Hypocritical regional officials just want a piece of airport pie

The conspiracy to take over the Charlotte airport just gets uglier and uglier.

At first it was just some rogue Republicans who wanted it. Now, more and more “officials” are jumping onto the bandwagon.

They really don’t care one way or the other about the airport, they just want the kickbacks that will surely come with a takeover.

For years, Charlotte has supported the entire region. Now, officials in surrounding counties are betraying that support.

The word “hypocrite” is much too nice a word to describe them.

Ronald V. Honeycutt

Mount Gilead


As things heat up with N. Korea

be sure to keep China in mind

We laugh in the face of that little sawed-off peninsula of a country with its nukes raised and its people filled with unfounded hatred for us.

Wonder what the 1 billion-plus Chinese – whose number of highly qualified engineers far exceeds the number of engineers in the United States – will think about little ’ol us if push comes to shove?

Jim Champion

Matthews

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