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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Scrap that 7.25% tax increase, family budgets can’t take it

I find it extremely unnerving that the Charlotte City Council is considering a 7.25 percent property tax increase to support the capital improvement plan.

The economy has not yet recovered and many citizens live on tight budgets in which every dollar is important.

While I don’t think all government spending is inherently bad, government should prioritize and live within its means.

As my income has declined due to the recession, I’ve been forced to prioritize my family budget. Is it unreasonable to hold government to the same standard as the citizens who foot the bill?

Kenny Smith

Charlotte


In response to “Rev. Mark Harris disregards separation of church and state” (May 9 Forum):

Dems, too, have used pulpit to advance candidates, causes

Forum writer Adam Long apparently fails to note that Democrat candidates, the NAACP, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Vilma Leake to name a few, use the pulpit to advance their candidates.

Does he not remember when Leake, in 2008 at Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, used the pulpit to advance the election of Nick Mackey as sheriff only to have his victory nullified by the N.C. Democratic Party?

Frank Harrington

Charlotte


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

Meck commissioners should also oust general manager

Tuesday’s 6-2 vote to fire Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones needs to be extended to terminate county General Manager Michelle Lancaster for her questionable leadership and unanswered questions concerning her oversight of the Department of Social Services.

Our public awareness of last year’s dismissal of a DSS director, yet no replacement in sight, raises concerns about her job effectiveness and commissioners’ insight into the matter.

Mildred Swift

Charlotte


In response to “Tree cutting irritates residents” (May 7):

Come next election, remember ‘Billboard Bob’ and the trees

Congratulations Billboard Bob! Your first year’s tally: more than 4,400 trees removed from Charlotte – the Tree City – so we can see the billboards better.

I’ll bet we don’t bring this to the attention of companies considering relocating here.

Voters, next election remember the name of the man who is in the outdoor advertising business’ pocket and made this happen: R-o-b-e-r-t R-u-c-h-o.

John Walsh

Charlotte


Tax money not well spent when used to lure employers here

As we decide how to satisfy the city and county government’s appetite for spending, it might be a good time to look at how competitive we are with the surrounding counties and states. We’re currently paying about $92 million in city, county and state incentives to get MetLife here for a while. Wonder how many of them will do their homework and live in Fort Mill?

Well spent money? I doubt it!

Why do we allow local government to give away tax dollars to successful businesses?

It’s time to change the law and local leaders!

J.C. Hoagland

Charlotte


In response to “Hospital prices vary widely” (May 9):

Consumers wise to choose hospitals based on charge data

A Frye Regional Hospital spokeswoman says it would be a mistake for consumers to choose their provider based on the charge data.

Can she also explain to all of us customers why the various hospitals bombard us with TV and print media ads? I suppose we should pick the slickest ad, the way we do with cars.

Oh yes, the ads cost money so that would also be absorbed by the customer’s payment.

Bill Lane

Polkville


In response to “GOP hasn’t moved right, rather has stuck by the Constitution” (May 8 Forum):

Can’t blame Obama, it’s GOP that’s bucking the Constitution

Forum writer Ed Mesko says President Obama is taking us towards Europe’s bankruptcy.

Sir, the Dow is at an all-time high. Unemployment, while not where it should be, is down.

He also says Democrats are straying from the Constitution. But who is suppressing the vote by shortening the number of voting days? Which party is trying to repeal Obamacare, the law of the land? Which party in South Carolina wants to ignore federal laws about guns?

The answer: Republicans.

Are they moving right? Apparently, voters thought so in 2012.

Holly Hajduk

Matthews


In response to “First lady Ann McCrory backs ‘puppy mill’ bill” (May 9 CharlotteObserver.com):

Glad to see state’s first lady jump on puppy mill bandwagon

Kudos to N.C. first lady Ann McCrory for backing the bill to outlaw puppy mills in the state.

This issue seems to always be on the back burner for some unknown reason. N.C. residents are sick and tired of seeing rescued pups in horrible condition brought to shelters hoping to be adopted. Let’s hope Ann helps make a difference to all the innocent victims of puppy mills!

Dorie Rickard

Charlotte

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