In response to Jordan boosts literacy (April 17):
Celeb visits are nice, but this school needs so much more
As a volunteer at Albemarle Road Elementary School, I was pleased to read about Michael Jordans visit.
However, Albemarle Road needs much more help than books and high-profile visitors.
Over 90 percent of the students receive free and reduced lunches. Close to half come from non-English speaking homes. The schools second, third and fourth grades are housed in trailers and more are being added. Now, the principal is leaving.
The staff is dedicated and hard-working but faces extreme challenges. The Observer should consider covering the real issues affecting literacy at Albemarle Road, rather than just Michael Jordans charity work.
In response to Press attorney: Newspapers targeted by bill on legal ads (April 17)
Antics like Sen. Tuckers put serious dent in N.C. reputation
Sen. Tommy Tucker of Union County is quoted as saying: I am the senator. You are the citizen. You need to be quiet.
Does Tucker not believe in government of the people, by the people, for the people?
Unbelievable, the arrogance of the man. This is one more example of how the GOP is making North Carolina the stupid state.
In response to Gun bill splits Burr, Hagan (April 16):
If Burr votes against bipartisan gun bill, hell lose my vote
While Sen. Richard Burr should be commended for deciding against the filibuster, hell lose my vote if he votes against what most Americans want, which is the bipartisan plan that includes background checks.
Sen. Kay Hagan should be commended on voting to save lives.
This issue is bigger than the tragedies. We lead the civilized world in gun deaths and child gun deaths by far.
The NRA would have you believe guns have nothing to do with gun deaths, which frankly is an insult to the intelligence of every American.
Guns dont kill people. People with guns kill people. Pass the law, Washington.
In response to Investigators hunt for clues again in bombing (April 17) and related articles:
Boston bombing has me rethinking where I take kids
Where do we go from here? Were fighting an unknown enemy again.
How can we live in America and take our children to see the Fourth of July fireworks without being afraid a bomb will go off in a crowd?
This is not the America I grew up in.
I thought 9/11 was an isolated incident. Now what do we do? Live in fear? I have two small grandkids; tell me where its safe to take them.
In response to Council mulls tax hike (April 15):
Re-election shouldnt be deciding factor on budget plan
So let me get this straight... The Charlotte City Council has so little belief in the capital plan and all its new toys, and so little backbone, that the deciding factor on whether to go through with it is that its an election year and they may be held responsible for it at the ballot box?
And people wonder whats wrong with politicians in this country?
This plan could be the ticket
to keep Panthers in Charlotte
I would suggest that the City of Charlotte provide financial help to Jerry Richardson and the Panthers in the form of a low-interest or no-interest loan, repayable only if the team relocates to another city. Its a solution that would satisfy everyone involved.
In response to Impose a tax on commuters so they pay fair share in Meck (April 17 Forum):
I watch commuters, missed tax dollars pass my house each day
Ive thought quiet often of offering the same suggestion Forum writer Carol Weber did about imposing a payroll tax to help pay for the amenities these commuters are enjoying.
I live one mile inside Mecklenburg County on a two-lane road that runs into Cabarrus County. During commuting hours, morning and afternoon, the traffic entering and leaving Mecklenburg is tremendous.
One penny per $100 earned would not hurt anyone.
In response to I-485 widening starts (April 16):
Outerbelt widening should be done by a Carolinas company
The company overseeing the widening of Interstate 485 is Lane Construction Corp. from Cheshire, Conn.
Why must we have someone from out of state when there are so many businesses and unemployed people in the Carolinas qualified to do this job? We should look out for our own.
In response to Weiner weighing run for mayor (April 11):
Mayor of NYC? Makes no sense for Weiner to even consider it
Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is contemplating a run for mayor of New York City.
Anyway you spell it, Weiner is a wiener who disgraced his family, himself and his party. Three solid reasons for him to not run.
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