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In response to “Bold visions compete for Eastland revamp” (June 4):

Entertainment center plan ignores Eastland neighbors

My property abuts Eastland Mall. In one plan all the entertainment facilities are on the side of the property closest to existing residential housing.

Who in their right mind would place a ski slope, a wave pool, a baseball field and an ice rink 25 yards from residents’ back doors?

Our neighborhood has suffered years of excessive noise from troublesome and unruly youth drawn to Eastland.

The designer has demonstrated no regard for homeowners.

John Thompson

Charlotte


In response to “Killer again sentenced to life” (June 4):

We’re wasting tax dollars; Lovette deserves death penalty

Please remind me again why we are wasting taxpayer money keeping Laurence Lovette in prison for life.

There are some beings that don’t belong on this planet, and he is one of them.

It irks me that some think these creatures can be rehabilitated and that it is “not our place” to take a life to avenge the loss of another. Eve Carson didn’t get a choice.

Danielle Walters

Charlotte


In response to “Expansion behind rate request” (June 4):

Cliffside a costly ‘global warming machine’

What I wish this article had mentioned was that when Duke Power was deciding to build Cliffside, other utilities were taking other routes – namely, natural gas and energy efficiency.

An Oklahoma utility pursued energy efficiency and nearly everyone in Oklahoma now has a “smart meter.” Consequently, they’re using less electricity and saving money.

I’m afraid Jim Rogers’ legacy will be as the builder of the last great “global warming machine.”

It will cost us money in rate hikes and will cost our grandchildren billions to adapt to climate change. It was a monumentally poor decision.

Bob Thomason

Charlotte


In response to “College bylaw faces scrutiny” (June 3):

To keep drawing top-notch leaders, students, update bylaw

Davidson College attracts the best and brightest of young students from all over the world.

How can Davidson attract the best candidates for its presidency when it has an outdated bylaw – over 100 years old – that requires the school’s president to be a Presbyterian?

Let’s hope the board of trustees can come to a resolution and pass bylaws that reflect the 21st century.

John J. Corcoran

Charlotte

Don’t give in to those trying

to force change at Davidson

The Presbyterian Church and its members built and have supported Davidson College since it started.

If the people there do not believe it should continue to be run by a Presbyterian, then they are in the wrong place.

I do not understand why a great college like Davidson lets these people push them around.

There are plenty of great students and teachers who would like to have the opportunity to attend and work at Davidson.

Jack E. Walters

Cramerton


Sen. Rucho’s tax plan the best option for North Carolina

Kudos to the Observer for allowing N.C. Sen. Bob Rucho to express his viewpoint regarding the proposed Tax Fairness Act, especially when his remarks appeared directly below the Observer editorial constructively criticizing his proposal.

After reading both points of view, Sen. Rucho’s plan to reduce income taxes is much more appealing, not only to working families but also to those whose earnings are reliant on fixed income retirement plans and Social Security.

Yes, the proposed legislation includes some different taxes elsewhere, including on food.

Would we rather pay 4.5 percent on a $12,000 annual food bill, or continue to pay 6-plus percent on an annual income?

Do the math. I did.

J.R. DeVita

Waxhaw


GOP has tools, but isn’t using them to better the nation

As the saying goes, if your only tool is a hammer then everything looks like a nail.

So it is with Republicans.

The House Republicans have the investigation tool and the Senate Republicans have the obstruction tool.

Neither group has shown any ability or willingness to govern and solve the nation’s problems.

Instead, they are looking for more nails.

Dewey P. Rochester

Charlotte


In response to “When remaining silent is not an option” (June 2 Opinion):

Sing your heart out, but N.C. can’t afford to expand Medicaid

To hear Dr. Charles van der Horst rant about the potential implications of not expanding Medicaid to cover additional North Carolinians, you would think the sky was falling and we were all doomed.

We don’t have the money to do this. Case closed.

Having worked in health care for over 30 years, I have never met a physician who denied health care services to any patient, regardless of whether or not they had health insurance coverage.

Dr. van der Horst can sing at the state capitol to his heart’s content. While he got President Obama, we got the N.C. House, N.C. Senate and the governor!

David E. Verrill

Matthews

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