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In response to “Lake panel: Don’t extend towns’ reach” (May 2):

Laws not effectively enforced on Lake Norman, let towns do it

The Lake Norman Marine Commission, as well as Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, have been ineffective in dealing with problems on the lake.

It is good to have laws and ordinances governing lake behavior, but they are meaningless if they are not enforced.

N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte’s bill is practical and offers a promising approach to provide law enforcement resources in a timely and effective manner.

The state legislature must not get bogged down by the Marine Commission’s theoretical objections, but instead should quickly pass Sen. Tarte’s bill.

Thomas Taylor

Cornelius


Lack of early voting didn’t hinder Dems in past, won’t now

For 100 years, Democrats controlled the N.C. General Assembly. They did so without early voting, Sunday voting or same-day registration in place.

It’s called Election Day for a reason – a day of shared responsibility for all citizens to express their opinion at the polls. Let’s save the money that these confusing policies cost and get back to voting as a community.

Charles Held

Mount Holly


In response to “Foxx proclaims ‘Day of Reason,’ ‘Day of Prayer’ ” (May 1 CharlotteObserver.com):

Move by Mayor Foxx to usurp National Day of Prayer offensive

Usurping the faith tradition of the majority of Charlotteans – to prove some political point and placate the American Humanist Association – when there are 364 other days of the year for their agenda to be pushed, is not only unreasonable but a sickening abuse of power.

The faith of the people in our community should never be minimized, adulterated, shoved aside, or in this case, completely overridden by politicians who think they are pontiffs, deciding what is best for us spiritually.

Jeanne McNichols

Charlotte


In response to “Slim hope for Polk site” (May 1):

Many more must join the fight to keep Polk historic site open

The writer is president of the Polk Memorial Support Fund, Inc.

Those affiliated with the President James K. Polk State Historic Site appreciate Susan Kluttz’s willingness to explain the budget challenges the N.C. Cultural Resources Department faces.

It’s important to recognize that these officials have no choice but to stand behind the governor’s proposed budget.

Now, it’s in the hands of the N.C. General Assembly. We encourage everyone to write and call lawmakers, urging them to reconsider these cuts.

Our fight has just begun and together we will Keep Polk Open!

Sharon VanKuren

Charlotte


Shoppers, retailers must start seeking products ‘Made in USA’

The garment factory collapse in Bangladesh killed 410 people and is a strong reason for U.S. retailers to buy products “Made in USA” and sell them to citizens in the USA. Sell products made in other countries to people in those countries. That’s how you lift all countries and people to prosperity.

I suggest that shoppers search for products “Made in USA” and complain to management when you can’t find them. As you enter the store, ask “Where is the Made in USA section?”

Lana Davidson

Taylorsville


Shame on those who ‘bullied’ Dorsch, he did nothing wrong

Thank you, Shawn Dorsch! You prove there is integrity remaining in Charlotte.

And shame on you Mayor Anthony Foxx and Charlotte City Council members Andy Dulin, David Howard and LaWana Mayfield. You prove again your proclivity for being “playground bullies”!

To all the members of the City Council and the Airport Advisory Committee: All of you need to grow up and think for yourselves!

Penelope Wrigley Chapman

Charlotte

McCrory must stop Senate antics, veto airport advisory bill

This fraud concerning Charlotte’s airport is nothing more than outright theft, perpetrated by the N.C. Senate. I hope the judiciary looks at it just that way.

If these mischief-makers do succeed in committing this crime, I hope the governor, who had more than passing interest in Charlotte, will veto this bill.

John Hackler

Charlotte


Come election time, make Congress pay for sequester

We need to stop blaming the sequester for the delays, closings and inconveniences. The fault lies squarely with Congress.

Blame their years of profligate, self-serving spending, their eager acceptance of NRA goodies, and their childish inability to reach a compromise. Keeping their seats is “Priority One.” They’re thinking with the wrong end of their anatomy, and I vote that we sequester them.

Nancy Ballenger

Matthews


Trampling constitutional right not OK, no matter which one

I find it odd that some who want to implement Voter ID to eliminate the possibility of votes being cast by the wrong people, aren’t in favor of tighter gun laws that would keep guns from being bought and used by the wrong people. Both are constitutional rights. So why is it OK to trample on one, but not the other?

Douglas L. Hager

Charlotte

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