In response to Duke shareholders talk climate, rates (May 3):
Duke Energy welcomes views? Not mine about rate hikes
I was one of many at the Duke Energy shareholders meeting not permitted to ask CEO Jim Rogers my question.
Like many in the room, I had worked diligently to represent the views of everyday people. Rogers tried to pigeonhole us as environmentalists.
But many were there to question the business sense and morality of imposing huge rate hikes on low-income ratepayers.
Rogers says he welcomes a variety of views, but Duke doesnt want our input, they just want our money. And if we dont put up a fight, we will be funding our own destruction.
In response to House panel gives new life to the Garden Parkway (May 3):
Garden Parkway a wise investment; region will benefit
The writer is chair of the Gaston County Economic Development Commission.
I appreciate the common sense that was displayed by members of the N.C. General Assembly. Rep. Paul Tines amendment made sure that the $23 million that has already been spent on the Garden Parkway over the past 15 years has not gone to waste.
Not only will the Garden Parkway bring an estimated 18,000 jobs to Gaston County by 2035, but it will also attract other businesses and new jobs to the greater Charlotte region.
We need the General Assembly to place a vote of confidence for Gaston, Mecklenburg and the entire Charlotte region by supporting and protecting the necessary funding for the Garden Parkway.
In response to Need to move a bill without the votes? Try this trusty gimmick (May 3 Opinion):
Recent antics of state senators Rabon, Tucker shameful
Shame on you, Sen. Bill Rabon. Why would anyone try to stop the growth of renewable energy, which is already creating lots of good jobs here in North Carolina and will help keep our air and water clean?
People like this are more concerned with industry profits than the well-being of their constituents and the future of their state.
Union County voters havent done much better electing Sen. Tommy Shut up and sit down Tucker who wants to bury important legal notices on government websites where the pesky public will likely never see them.
The race to the bottom is on.
In response to City-funded study recommends airport authority (April 26):
Airport study results make me question councils competence
This shows just how incompetent our City Council really is!
They cannot even hire a consultant to support their political agenda. The first rule for the City Council has always been to hire a consultant who will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that their objective is best for the city.
Why did they not go to UNC Charlotte, which has never failed them whether it be a NASCAR museum, whitewater center, uptown arena or arts facilities?
In response to More details emerge about how the idea for airport authority got started (April 26):
Campbell has long favored privatization, now CLT is target
Stan Campbell is leading the way from the old Citizens for Effective Government, whose main goal was always privatization of all city services.
That philosophy was a miserable failure and Stan has just changed tactics to get his cronies in the money vault.
We elected the people who taxed us to start the airport and other transportation-related projects. Now, weve elected the people who are going to take our things away!
How sad a time for Charlotte and the state of North Carolina.
In response to McCrory replaces elections board (April 27):
Bias showed in headlines
on elections board story
The front-page headlines on this article led readers to believe the governor fired members of the state elections board because of an investigation of contributors to his campaign.
One had to turn to the inside and read down into the article to find out that the elections board members terms were about to expire and the governor appointed new members.
While the facts were fundamentally correct, the twisted manner in which the story was written was nothing short of National Enquirer sensationalism and not so veiled bias against the governor.
The Observer can and should do better when trying to be objective.
In response to Bill bans ex-felons from voting for 5 years (April 23):
No racial bias in bill that would alter voting rights of felons
To say that a bill changing the voting rights of convicted felons is racially biased is unfounded.
If only African-Americans were targeted, I would have to agree. But that is not the case.
All convicted felons, regardless of race, would be subject to the same standards to get their voting right restored.
That is not discrimination, merely equality.
Is that not what we want?
Equality must be for everyone in every situation.
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