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Tax on hybrids makes no sense; I’ll vote out those who favor it

As the actor from the movie “Network” said: “I can’t take it anymore!” First the government asks the auto industry to manufacture cars that would make the U.S. less dependent on foreign oil and help the environment.

Now that many of us have purchased those cars for the reasons stated, some esteemed legislator wants to tax us – as if we in North Carolina don’t already pay some of the highest gas taxes in the country.

Can’t wait for the next election.

Priscilla Dabney

Charlotte


Don’t abolish inheritance tax, invest it in pre-K education

Gov. Pat McCrory and our legislature want to abolish the inheritance tax, which brings in $50-plus million annually.

Those millions could more than fund the pre-kindergarten program for the 30,000-plus children who are expected to be dropped from N.C.’s model pre-K program.

Studies have shown that children in our pre-K program are twice as likely to graduate from high school and four times more likely to graduate from college!

What an economic boost that would make, with their better jobs as adults.

Jack Hudson

Brevard


In response to “Fix the tax code so corporations can start creating more jobs” (May 31 Forum):

Corporations will keep ‘the loot’ rather than create more jobs

It is naïve to believe corporations will create more jobs domestically if they can repatriate their foreign earnings.

Under the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, signed by George W. Bush, the rate of taxation was temporarily reduced from 35 percent to 5.25 percent. Corporations distributed the repatriated loot among themselves, laying off tens of thousands of workers so there would be fewer to share it.

Corporations will not create jobs here because there will be no more demand for goods and services than there is now. The wealthy will become wealthier, and the poor will remain poor.

The policies that have caused the most uneven distribution of wealth in this nation’s history have brought about a broad destruction in demand for goods and services.

Turns out that firing your employees and outsourcing the job overseas is like firing a customer.

Allen Cooke

Charlotte


Obamacare will reduce bankruptcies, helping states

Opponents of Obamacare say states that implement this health care plan may face bankruptcy.

What about all of the individuals who’ve had to claim bankruptcy because of medical bills they could not pay?

A 2009 American Journal of Medicine study determined that 62 percent of personal bankruptcies listed medical debt as a contributing factor. Some of those people even had health insurance, but could not afford the excessive bills that were left.

The financial health of a state may well depend on the individual’s health, which Obamacare will improve.

Narisse Bravard

Rutherford College, N.C.


Hope bipartisanship we saw on class trip to D.C. prevails

Our eighth grade class at Trinity Episcopal School went to Washington, D.C., to learn about and lobby for issues we’ve been studying. For two days five of us listened as the Senate Judiciary Committee “marked up” the immigration reform bill produced by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight.”

It was impressive to see Republicans and Democrats work together to craft a law, with each side realizing they wouldn’t get everything and would have to accept things they didn’t like.

Charlotte has a large immigrant community. A broken immigration system causes problems for us all.

As this bill heads to the entire Senate, we hope every senator, including Richard Burr and Kay Hagan, will follow the example of the Judiciary Committee: Find common ground, avoid partisan politics, and pass a bill for the benefit of our nation.

James Ferguson

Austin Glover

Charlotte


In response to “N.C. bill prolongs unfair disenfranchisement of ex-felons” (May 27 Opinion):

Losing right to vote is part of paying your debt to society

For the Record writer Dennis Gaddy is playing with words in his use of the term “ex-felon.”

Webster’s dictionary defines “felon” as “one who has committed a felony.”

Simply because a felon has completed a prison sentence does not mean his or her debt to society has been fully paid.

Part of the debt to society is that a felon gives up his or her right to vote into office individuals who would in turn vote to decrease the penalties for the crimes they have committed.

David Cooke

Charlotte


Birds in dryer vent made me thankful for all firefighters do

When I contacted my local fire department to ask if birds in my dryer vent could be a fire hazard, they responded quickly.

A tall ladder and a young, athletic climber were needed because the dryer is located upstairs.

This wonderful crew treated me with respect and would accept nothing for their time and effort except some pound cake.

My eternal thanks to this crew, who refused to give their names because they wanted no credit for just doing their job.

Patricia Ferguson

Concord

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