In response to “Hybrid, electric car fees could help make up for lost taxes” (May 28):
Proposal to tax owners of hybrid car is counterproductive
What kind of evil, toxic growth resides in the N.C. legislature? A tax for those who own electric or hybrid cars?
Those who paid extra money to help the environment and reduce dependence on oil will be punished by this N.C. Senate budget proposal. These drivers should be rewarded!
Typical Republicans, it’s all about money as they rest in the pockets of the oil companies.
Are Gov. Pat McCrory and crew really working for the people of N.C.? I think not.
Jay N. Cohen
In response to “Cable TV, the right way” (May 28 Viewpoint):
U.S. lags in broadband service; McCain should address that too
While I commend Sen. John McCain for trying to help American consumers by allowing a la carte cable services, I’d still like to know why our European friends get 100 to 150 high definition channels, unlimited phone service and Internet service with speeds 10 times our speed and pay less than $60 per month, while we pay over $175 for the same services? Just asking!
In response to “Wreck kills two on Idlewild Road” (May 28):
Stop DWI revolving door by impounding offender’s car
Instead of the revolving door of arrest and release we see in DWI cases, repeat offenders’ vehicles should be impounded.
Abusers of alcohol or illegal drugs are biochemically or psychologically predisposed to their addictions. Punishment should be meted out, but current punishments don’t prevent continued dangerous behavior.
Impounding the vehicle for an extended period of time following adjudication would accomplish two objectives: 1. Removal of a habitually dangerous driver benefits the public. 2. Continued family life and uninterrupted employment would allow proper treatment, benefiting offenders.
A “win-win” result.
I-77 tolls must trim commute time; I don’t see that happening
Are we getting a guaranteed reduction in commute time for $550 million for Interstate 77 toll lanes? I didn’t think so.
How can this be happening?
In response to “Apple smart, not rotten” (May 28 Viewpoint):
Marketplace is now global;
U.S. tax laws must reflect that
Op-ed columnist Matt Miller assumes that the executive suite will continue to be occupied by Americans. As the “old white guys” retire there will be an increase in the number of corporate leaders from other parts of the world who view themselves as global citizens.
They will make business decisions from an international rather than a national perspective and will use tax laws as part of that strategy.
It is naive to believe that the only opportunities for “tax avoidance” are in the U.S. We all have global competitors now.
Our tax laws need to be based on our economic policy, not the shell game it is today.
In response to “10 fans injured, cars damaged when Fox overhead camera rope snaps” (May 27):
NASCAR must work to protect fans the way it has drivers
It is frightening to think NASCAR cannot provide a safe family outing. An Observer analysis found that from 1990 to 2010 at least 46 spectators died at U.S. auto racing events.
Racing has progressed in safety since the “Fireball Roberts” days for the drivers, but they forgot about the fans. Work on it!
W. Randall Lemly
In response to “Hornets name is old hat, pick something more apropos” (May 26 Forum):
There’s history in that Hornets name; we don’t want to lose it
A history lesson for Forum writer Kenneth L. Zimmerman of Huntington Beach, Calif.:
On Sept. 26, 1780 Lord Charles Cornwallis entered Charlottetown where he was met by Maj. William Davie and 150 soldiers. An important skirmish ensued that marked a turning point in Cornwallis’ campaign in the Carolinas. Cornwallis described Charlottetown as a hornets’ nest – “an agreeable village, but in a damned rebellious country.”
And so, with a history 233 years in the making – and long before the banks came – we proudly await the return of our Charlotte Hornets.
Trude H. Gretz
Please don’t treat N.C. coast
as if it were a garbage can
We visited our vacation home at Ocean Isle Beach last week. Early in the week the beach was pristine each morning as we walked the water’s edge.
Thursday, vacationers began arriving. As their numbers increased we spent our Saturday and Sunday walks picking up beer cans, Styrofoam cups and assorted wrappers and straws.
There is no excuse to leave litter on the beach as there are garbage containers at every public entrance. Visitors, please use them and, as the saying goes, “leave only footprints.”
Cynthia and Randy Broome
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