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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Charlotte firms keep billions overseas” (May 30):

Fix the tax code so corporations can start creating more jobs

It’s time for elected officials to stop spending time suppressing women’s rights, voting rights, medical coverage for millions, etc., and tackle the tax code. Doing so would incentivize these corporations to bring this money back to the U.S. so they can create jobs.

SPX saved $27.8 million by keeping money overseas. Zero percent of $27.8 million is zero. But 8.4 percent of $27.8 million is $2.3 million.

Legislatures and corporations need to find middle ground on this issue so job creation can begin.

After all, that’s what our elected officials campaigned on.

Chris Turner

Charlotte


In response to “2 switch votes, and city OKs streetcar” (May 29):

My response to streetcar vote will be evident at the polls

We don’t need a streetcar, and if we have a $63 million surplus in local funds then we don’t need a tax increase either!

We need to vote out this City Council, now.

Linda Ellington

Charlotte


In response to “Proposal to tax owners of hybrid car is counterproductive” (May 28 Forum):

This Volt owner will gladly

pay proposed new fees

I have driven my Chevrolet Volt approximately 10,000 miles in the past year and have purchased less than 20 gallons of gas.

I understand that the roads and bridges I use everyday have to be maintained, so I am happy to pay the $50 usage tax.

Even after you factor in the cost to charge the car, I’ve still saved more than $1,000.

If they’ll build more charging stations, I’ll send them another $50! Let me know where to send my check.

Carol Buie-Jackson

Matthews


In response to “Harry Jones gets his say,” (May 30 Opinion):

Jones pulled us through tough times with grace and dignity

Harry Jones always conducted himself with dignity and treated everyone with respect during his years of service as county manager.

His goodbye letter confirms his inherent respect for his office and for the people he served for many years – citizens, as well as those in his chain of command.

We have all been embarrassed by the ham-handed, disrespectful actions of the county commission chair toward Mr. Jones when he was summarily fired at her instigation and treated so shabbily. We deserve better.

Thank you, Harry Jones, for your grace and dignity – not to mention your thoughtful service to our community for many years during difficult times.

You reflect well on us.

James Shannonhouse

Charlotte


In response to “Council mulls paid interns” (May 22) and related articles:

This taxpayer sees no need

for paid interns at City Hall

Charlotte City Council member James Mitchell has not made his case for the need for paid interns. Now City Council has voted to allow City Manager Ron Carlee to study the idea.

If Mr. Mitchell can’t handle the workload anymore, maybe it’s time he stepped aside and let someone else who can handle it serve the public.

Otherwise, he needs to take steps to be more efficient – steps that do not involve sticking it to the citizens of Charlotte.

Tommy Smith

Charlotte


In response to “Family illustrates gaps in aid” (May 29):

Live in a homeless shelter? The library has a card for you too

The writer is director of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

The Library strives to be accessible to all county residents, including homeless families like the Ramseys who experienced difficulty getting a library card.

As stewards of the public trust, we require ID and proof of residency but that residence or local address can include a temporary shelter.

The Library serves a large number of homeless patrons, including about 5,400 active cardholders with a temporary shelter address. Any document that shows that address, such as a piece of mail or shelter ID, is all that is required.

David Singleton

Charlotte


In response to “Leaks crackdown pits Obama vs. press” (May 26):

Obama administration makes it appear it has something to hide

I recognize that keeping government information classified can be important, especially when national security is on the line. However, the Obama administration would create a more stable and trusting relationship with the public by being more open.

The media plays a big role in how the public sees government; it’s in the administration’s favor to keep that relationship healthy. They do no good by investigating reporters and looking like they have something to hide.

Cornelia Rubenson

Charlotte


In response to “Bobcats begin Clifford phase” (May 30):

New coach, name; that’s great, but something still missing

Bless the poor Bobcats’ hearts. They still don’t get it.

Michael Jordan’s checklist:

• Change name back to Hornets

• Get new uniforms

• Big media frenzy

Oops... Missing from the list:

• Add marquee players who will bring the fans in.

Scott Jones

Matthews

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