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In response to “City likely to demolish Eastland” (May 3):

From start to finish, Council botched plans for Eastland

Eastland Mall is another Charlotte City Council blunder. From the beginning, Council has acted like a 5-year-old with an attitude:

Taxpayers: You took Eastland Mall off the tax records!

City Council: So!

You paid too much for it! So!

You have no plan for it! So!

Did you ever have a plan? No!

Why did you buy it? Because I could So!

Sam Rollins

Charlotte


In response to “Watt tapped for housing agency” (May 2):

Watt is wrong choice to head Housing Finance agency

President Obama touts Mel Watt as the lawmaker who has defended the “little guy.”

Democrats will eternally blame the banks and deregulation for the crash of 2008 and the ruination of our economy. But it was, without a doubt, the lending of money to individuals who had no chance of repaying that killed our great society.

Now the president wants to turn over the reins to another affordable housing advocate.

Elections have consequences; this appointment will be one of them.

Dickie Benzie

Charlotte

In response to “For Watt, a rough road to confirmation” (May 2 Editorial):

Watt must reduce government’s role in U.S. housing market

Thursday’s editorial correctly stated that Congressman Mel Watt is a good man and dedicated public servant. Unfortunately, I have significant policy differences with Mr. Watt.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac control too much of the mortgage market and cost taxpayers $170 billion in a bailout. These entities provided easy credit to high-risk borrowers, contributing greatly to our economic crisis.

My hope is that Mr. Watt will responsibly and efficiently reduce the federal government’s role in the housing market, protecting taxpayers from future expensive bailouts.

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger

Charlotte


Enforcing voter ID a nightmare; count me out if this law passes

Voter ID is a solution in search of a problem.

How do you enforce this stupidity? Do you expect the little old ladies who staff most polling places to challenge someone who doesn’t look like his official picture? Will they arrest them? Use handcuffs or Tasers?If asked, I will show a poll worker my current voter registration card, but I will not provide a photo ID. Look for my “photo” in the news article about getting arrested for defying the law.

David Loughran

Indian Trail


In response to “Immigrants, love America” (May 2 Viewpoint):

Grant legal status only to those who serve in U.S. military

I understand that it is unrealistic to expect to deport all those who are here illegally.

Those who behave themselves and make the effort to contribute to the good of the nation should be able to earn a status that would allow them to live and work in the U.S.

But, unless they are military veterans they should never be granted the benefits of American citizenship. To do so can only result in more illegal entry!

Been there, done that, and it didn’t work!

Mary Ellen Miller

Charlotte


In response to “NBA player gets support after announcing he’s gay” (April 30):

Support for Collins misguided; coming out is no act of courage

Real courage is Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s dying for his Christian faith in Nazi Germany. Courage is an 18-year old soldier landing in a hail of bullets on Utah Beach on D-Day, or giving his leg to a landmine in Afghanistan.

Courage is Jackie Robinson stepping onto ball fields or Martin Luther King Jr. marching to Selma to face racism head on. Courage is being a black conservative.

After Collins’ announcement, our politically correct/liberal media – and our president and First Lady – slobbered all over themselves to congratulate him.

Calling Jason Collins’ statement “courageous” obliterates any true meaning to this noble word.

Steve Hicks

Indian Trail

ESPN reporter stood up for Christian values; I support him

The only brave person in this whole Jason Collins story is Chris Broussard.

In today’s society with its misguided morals, it doesn’t take much to come out as a miscreant. But for Broussard to stand up for good Christian morals on national TV, to put himself out there to be ridiculed, that’s truly brave.

It’s a shame that a man like Jason Collins is now more famous for being immoral, than for professional basketball.

Ryan Buchanan

Midland


Tired of fans who want us all to pay for that stadium upgrade

I’ve grown weary of die-hard Panthers fans who think only of their enjoyment of sporting events while so many in the Carolinas are unemployed and losing their homes.

Fans want us to pay a tax on eating out to help pay for the stadium upgrade. I’m 85 and unable to attend games. I surely can’t afford to eat out.

Wake up! Watch games on TV and donate to your local charities. They need your help.

After the stadium gets upgraded, the ticket prices will go up – again.

Fred G. Dalton

Fort Mill, S.C.

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