In response to “Public to pols: You pee first” (April 25 Opinion):
Welfare drug tests just another attempt to usurp basic rights
The folks at Action NC and our lawmakers may both be guilty of hyperbole and political posturing with regards to drug testing N.C. welfare recipients.
The bottom line here is the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated...”
This pesky document keeps getting in the way of U.S. lawmakers who desire to usurp the most basic American freedoms.
Franklin D. Long
In response to “Boston bombing may tip security opinions” (April 25):
Hypocritical of GOP to question national security under Obama
The drop headline on this article said: “Republicans hint Democrats may be unable to protect nation from terrorism.”
Someone needs to remind the hypocritical Republicans about all the intelligence the Bush administration ignored prior to the 9/11 attacks.
That was the epitome of not protecting our nation.
In response to “Foxx ousts embattled airport panel chairman” (April 24):
Rest assured backers will find a sweet spot for Dorsch to land
Those who backed Shawn Dorsch knew he would be fired – they just hoped he could do critical damage to control of the airport before he got caught. Chances are he will now move quickly into the job set up for him by his mystery backers.
Whatever position it is, Dorsch has shown Americans how to best use public service for one’s own personal gain.
In response to “Schools may have to stock allergic reactions medicine” (April 24):
Let parents pay for Epi-pens; N.C. has greater budget needs
Some N.C. lawmakers want to require schools to keep a supply of epinephrine pens to treat potentially life-threatening allergic reactions?
Shouldn’t parents have the responsibility of providing the medication for their allergic child? That sounds better than a school system having to pay for medications that may expire before they’re ever needed.
With money as tight as it is, we can’t afford to do things that would be “nice” to do.
Counties benefit from proximity to Charlotte; can’t ignore that
Surely Forum writer Jason Underwood is not serious when he says South Carolina “does not really benefit from the economic boost” of having the Panthers?
According to a University of South Carolina study, the Panthers directly contribute 4,415 jobs and create $361.5 million in annual economic gains for the region, not just for Charlotte.
I’m with Forum writer Danny Jacob, drop the charade. With all the recent events concerning our airport, it surely feels as if our neighbors have forgotten how much they benefit from their proximity to Charlotte.
In response to “Tax commuters and watch Meck’s pocketbook suffer” (April 22 Forum):
Commuter payroll tax makes sense; pay for what you get
I don’t think anybody cares where Forum writer Bill Barr ate lunch or bought his groceries. The fact is he enjoyed a higher paying job and all the city’s services while working in Charlotte.
For 33 years, New York City had a payroll tax. It only makes sense.
Mary Alice Adams
In response to “Tryon Street Gold Rush service in jeopardy” (April 24):
Gold Rush an asset, makes uptown commute bearable
If the City can spend $87.5 million on the Panthers over 10 years, they should be able to pitch in a few hundred thousand to help save the Gold Rush bus system.
The Orange line helps commuters who want to avoid traffic and the hell of parking uptown.
It would be sorely missed by commuters. Removing the line could reduce productivity and possibly make workers less satisfied with their jobs due to a long and difficult commute, which so far is relatively benign compared with other large cities.
In response to “Doctor being sued by former NFL player dies” (April 23):
Dr. Brigham cared deeply about his patients and it showed
Dr. Craig Brigham’s untimely death is an enormous loss to our community.
He was unquestionably an excellent and talented spine surgeon, but first and foremost, he was a dedicated physician who cared deeply about the patients he cared for.
Dr. Lee Ann McGinnis
Trend of 1-day sale prices at grocery stores not ecofriendly
Most grocery stores have become ecofriendly by encouraging customers to use reusable bags. Yet, they simultaneously engage in a practice that is not ecofriendly: featuring sale prices available for only one day.
This often forces customers to make several shopping trips to take advantage of sale prices, which adds to traffic congestion and pollution.
Stores should make themselves more ecofriendly by having sale prices in effect for seven days or more, which will benefit customers and the environment.
Stephen V. Gilmore
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