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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Meck board fires longtime manager” (May 8):

Glad Jones is gone; mistake to keep taxpayers in the dark

I was glad to read about the firing of Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones. It was a long time coming.

When a person of authority is in a position of power for a long time and county commissioners do not challenge him, he comes to believe he is invincible.

Keeping the board in the dark about certain things, he essentially is telling the people who pay his salary – the taxpayers – “you do not count.”

Martin Schulman

Charlotte

Jones brought Mecklenburg accolades; served county well

I want to thank Harry Jones for his many years of service to our county. He did a tremendous job and exceeded the leadership role he was hired to fill.

He formed a great team and took Mecklenburg County to a higher level nationally over the past decade.

His dedication to this county while fighting cancer was an incredible sign of courage when most people would have just left the job. Thank you, Harry, for your service.

Keith W. Hurley

Charlotte


In response to “Days of heavy rains cause flooding” (May 8):

Duke Energy warning on lake levels didn’t come soon enough

Duke Energy should use its excellent public relations and communications department to warn the public when they are going to increase lake water levels along the Catawba River Basin as they did last week.

With absolutely no warning that I am aware of they raised Mountain Island Lake to an incredible 104 feet – 4 feet over flood stage – in a few minutes, flooding piers, yards, etc. in seconds and causing significant damage.

The National Weather Service does a great job of warning us when severe weather is coming. Why can’t Duke do the same?

H.A. (Humpy) Wheeler

Huntersville


In response to “Senate GOP outlines N.C. tax overhaul” (May 8):

GOP tax plan favors wealthy donors over working people

Taxing food and medicine and giving a $1,000 tax increase for ordinary working people? To fund a big tax cut for the richest people in North Carolina?

When will working people learn that voting for Republicans is like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders. Republicans only care about their wealthy donors, not you.

Larry Witmer

Davidson


In response to “Lawmakers trade political charges on Benghazi” (May 8 CharlotteObserver.com):

Obama’s ‘cover up’ should be investigated just as Nixon’s was

When President Nixon tried to cover up an attempt to get information from Democrats’ offices to gain an advantage in the 1972 election, he had to resign before being impeached. No one died.

Now, the Obama administration’s attempts to cover up his response to the terror attack on the Benghazi embassy in such a way that it would not affect his pending re-election should be fully investigated.

Four Americans were killed while on diplomatic duty. They deserve better for their service to this country.

Jose M. Marulanda

Lincolnton


In response to “Pastor from Charlotte considers U.S. Senate run” (May 7):

Rev. Mark Harris disregards separation of church and state

I couldn’t help but notice the mention of the Rev. Mark Harris’ use of Charlotte’s First Baptist Church as a place for Republican precinct meetings.

This disturbs me on several levels, not the least of which is the fact that the church, as all well know, is a tax exempt organization and should not be used as a meeting place for the political party of the church’s choice.

It’s simply one more glaring example as to why the separation of church and state should not be taken lightly.

Adam Long

Lincolnton


In response to “Fight back against those who would eliminate prayer” (May 8 Forum):

U.S. a melting pot of religions, don’t pray at public meetings

If we do “remember” those “Christian values” our country was founded on, as Forum writer Betty Norton urges, it would still include slavery and no vote for women.

Should we put those principles back into effect too? I think not.

America is a melting pot where dozens of religions, agnostics and atheists live and now the law of the land includes the “separation of church and state.”

Let’s keep it that way.

Gregg London

Mount Holly


In response to “Gov. McCrory wants to make it easier to fire poorly performing state workers” (May 7 CharlotteObserver.com):

Limit service to 10 years to rid state ranks of poor performers

It’s great that the governor is trying to find an easier way to fire bad state government employees.

One way to get rid of bademployees is to limit their “service” to 10 years at any government program or agency.

Also, there shouldn’t be any pensions for new state employees.

“Public servants” aren’t really servants if they can’t be fired.

Chuck Mann

Greensboro

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