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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

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 doesn’t want our input, they just want our money. And if we don’t put up a fight, we will be funding our own destruction.

Nikola Taylor

Matthews


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 Tine’s 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.

Kim Price

Gastonia

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 haven’t 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.

Dave Ballenger

Monroe


In response to “City-funded study recommends airport authority” (April 26):

Airport study results make me question council’s 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?

Don Reid

Charlotte


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, we’ve elected the people who are going to take our things away!

How sad a time for Charlotte and the state of North Carolina.

Marvin Wilson

Charlotte


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 member’s 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.”

Paul Jones

Charlotte


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.

George Tallent

Concord

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