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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

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 Jordan’s 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 school’s 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 Jordan’s charity work.

Katherine James

Charlotte


In response to “Press attorney: Newspapers targeted by bill on legal ads” (April 17)

Antics like Sen. Tucker’s 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.

Kenneth Roth

Monroe


In response to “Gun bill splits Burr, Hagan” (April 16):

If Burr votes against bipartisan gun bill, he’ll lose my vote

While Sen. Richard Burr should be commended for deciding against the filibuster, he’ll 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 don’t kill people. People with guns kill people. Pass the law, Washington.

Keith Wilson

Charlotte


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? We’re 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 it’s safe to take them.

Lola McDonald

Waxhaw


In response to “Council mulls tax hike” (April 15):

Re-election shouldn’t 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 it’s an election year and they may be held responsible for it at the ballot box?

And people wonder what’s wrong with politicians in this country?

Rick Jerge

Charlotte


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. It’s a solution that would satisfy everyone involved.

Robert Robertson

Charlotte


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

I’ve 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.

Melvin Williams

Charlotte


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.

Rita Moore

Weddington


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.

Herb Stark

Mooresville

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