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Why I joined the ‘Moral Monday’ protests in Raleigh

Recently a number of bills have been drafted by the N.C. legislature that seem regressive and just plain wrong.

A few examples: eliminating teacher aides from public schools; rejecting federal money for health insurance; cutting unemployment benefits while not addressing high unemployment.

These efforts go against the best interest of our state and will be detrimental to its growth and prosperity. I urge all concerned citizens to learn about these issues and judge for themselves.

If you agree we’re headed in the wrong direction, now is the time to let your voice be heard!

Mike O’Sullivan

Charlotte


In response to “Don’t abolish inheritance tax, invest it in pre-K education” (June 3 Forum):

Get rid of inheritance tax; too many flee N.C. to avoid it

I totally disagree with wanting to keep the inheritance tax in North Carolina.

Our legislature is trying to create jobs by making our state a business-friendly place for job creators.

Our most productive citizens have been moving to states such as Florida and South Carolina to avoid this tax for years.

Why does a segment of the population always think they can spend our money more appropriately than the folks who earn it?

Jim Cherry

Charlotte


In response to “Airport bill goes ahead as talks fail” (June 5):

Based on handling of airport issue, Tillis can’t be trusted

We should have known when Thom Tillis told legislators not to overplay their hands and agreed to take another look at the airport authority bill, he was going to be running for a new office.

Are these just more lies to get elected, followed by him doing what he wants once elected as he did last time around?

Why would anyone trust and/or vote for this man again?

L.B. Pope

Mint Hill


In response to For the Record “N.C.’s transportation future cannot be solely about roads” (May 30):

Don’t cut funding for bikeways, alternative modes of transport

The writer is spokesperson for the North Carolina Active Transportation Alliance.

Charlotte City Councilman David Howard and Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain are right on the mark when it comes to including non-highway funds for urban areas in N.C. House Bill 817.

But the Senate version of this bill is disheartening.

Excluding projects under construction or awaiting construction, it calls for an immediate halt on all DOT- funded bikeway and pedestrian construction by June 30.

State transportation dollars are feeling the crunch. But let’s not lose sight of the critical need to fund all modes of travel. Bike, pedestrian and transit funds must be recognized as key components of these pending bills.

Martin Zimmerman

Charlotte


Streetcar will disrupt traffic; Elizabeth Avenue too narrow

Have any of the people advocating streetcars lived in a city that had them?

On a street as narrow as Elizabeth Avenue traffic will have to stop every time people get on and off the streetcar.

Tracks such as the ones on Queens Road were torn up many years ago. Did our predecessors know something that we don’t?

Fran Kerr

Matthews

We need a national water pipeline and we need it now

More wildfires in California and firefighters have their hands full again. The middle of the country is flooded by storms.

Yet, we still haven’t decided a cross-country water pipeline, like all the other pipelines we have, should be built.

It would provide jobs and taxes, and then water could be moved around like other commodities to save homes, lives and businesses. It could bring water to drought-stricken areas from flood zones.

This isn’t proverbial rocket science, folks. It’s simple, bloody, all-out common sense.

Jon Schuller

Charlotte


Where’s Bruton’s sense of honor, tradition, compassion?

It would be a shame for a man as wealthy as Bruton Smith to pull the plug on an event that symbolizes Charlotte, NASCAR and a Southern tradition.

I truly hope Speedway President Marcus Smith has more sense than his father. Their family is ultra-wealthy because they’ve made money off of hard-working middle America.

The arrogance of Bruton to say it is all about money and there is a 70/30 percent chance he will move the race to Las Vegas shows he has no sense of tradition, honor or compassion.

Charlotte, our region and our state deserve better.

Robb Collier

Statesville


Keep grass near airport mowed – and not just for the president

Is it a coincidence that the knee-high grass on Billy Graham Parkway between West Boulevard and Tryon Street was mowed less than 24 hours before President Obama landed in Charlotte? I doubt it.

It disturbs me that the thousands of visitors coming to Charlotte from the airport are subjected to gross negligence of public property.

Brooke S. Dickson

Charlotte

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