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Build those toll lanes; let out of state drivers help fund roads

Toll lanes are a viable way to raise revenue to pay for roads.

For example, to bypass Chicago from Wisconsin motorists take the Tri-State Tollway. I once asked a toll booth operator why the cost was different from one booth to another. She said it was based on mileage, but that the stretch we were on north of the city was paid for by through traffic, most notably out-of-state vehicles passing through.

Interstate 77 is a major link from the Midwest, south to Columbia. Why not let strangers pay for our roads instead of taxing haircuts and prescriptions?

Patrick Morgan

Charlotte


In response to “Media shirking its duty on multiple White House scandals” (May 22 Forum):

Until the facts are in all I see is GOP over-reach, not scandal

Forum writer Barry Marshall laments the dearth of media joining in to persecute the administration over “scandals.”

Sorry, but your outrage exists in an alternate cable news universe. That’s why the president’s approval ratings barely budged.

Most Americans can see a textbook GOP over-reaching, conspiratorial witch hunt and will await the facts.

Perhaps the GOP could focus more on governing responsibly than its continual, tiresome, meritless sideshow.

Chip Potts

Mooresville


In response to “Obsession with secrecy hurts public” (May 16 Editorial):

A Joe Biden presidency? It’s

not looking so bad after all

It’s interesting to me how quickly the sugar coating melted away from the Obama presidency once the Associated Press was subjected to heavy-handed, illegal treatment many of us had feared in our own businesses.

We’re looking at a trifecta here with Benghazi, the IRS scandal and the AP spying.

In my view, Richard Nixon was impeached for less serious transgressions.

How bad could Joe Biden be for three years?

Don Justice

Charlotte


GOP budget planners must be channeling Leona Helmsley

Whether the Republican House version or the Republican Senate version of regressive tax relief for corporations and high income individuals passes in the N.C. legislature, we can be assured those tax cuts will follow the spirit of Leona Helmsley’s famous quote “Only the little people pay taxes” – as the little people begin paying taxes on haircuts, car repairs, groceries and prescriptions.

Donald Latham

Charlotte


Reducing marginal tax rates worthy of bipartisan support

We hear many in government call for reductions in marginal tax rates, but the concept is not well understood.

To most people, taxes are taxes, regardless of how they are applied; however, "marginal" tax rates are central to economic growth in the U.S. and in North Carolina as well.

Those who advocate reductions in marginal tax rates hold that increased earnings should be taxed at lower rates. Rebates to lower income families can hold them harmless.

If businesses and individuals get to keep more of every additional dollar they earn, they have an incentive to grow and earn even more.

Economic growth encourages greater employment and helps reduce the deficit. Reductions in marginal tax rates deserve our support on a bipartisan basis.

Thomas Taylor

Cornelius


In response to “What do we eat? New food map will tell us” (May 20):

Map of what America eats is much needed amid health crisis

The UNC School of Public Health’s plan to map what Americans consume in their daily diet is sorely needed.

Government data, which lag behind, have been the only way to know this information. I just completed a basic college course in nutrition based on this dated government data. With information about the nutritional value of what we eat rapidly changing, schools need to introduce current reliable research data into their curriculum.

We need to get smarter about nutrition since it is key to turning around our present health crisis.

Arlene Labudzki

Rock Hill


Curb violence; quit taking underage kids to violent movies

The Motion Picture Association defines PG-13 as “Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.”

So why were there many, many children in the audience at Iron Man 3 (PG-13) who were clearly under 13? Several in our vicinity were pre-schoolers.

How can we stem the violence in our society if small, impressionable children are presented these views of society, endorsed by their parents?

Parents, please go see whatever movies you want, but allow the innocents their innocence. Get a sitter!

Ellen Siegler

Charlotte

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