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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Orr: Shift would be smooth” (June 7):

Wise-guy comment shows Orr only has own interests in mind

Jerry Orr’s cute non-answer, “I am often wrong, but never in doubt,” is the answer of a wise-guy who has only his own interests in mind.

It’s almost a given that he will do things his way and give little credence to opinions of those he is supposed to be responsible to.

Recent articles about airlines in Denver competing with each other for passengers with additional flights and lower fares, cast significant doubt on the Charlotte model – a non-competitive attitude of “We’ll fly you anywhere if you’ll pay whatever we charge plus whatever massive subsidies that effectively reduce our costs to zero.”

Phillip Hazel

Statesville


Hybrid owners trying to stretch their dollars; don’t negate that

I have three words for the N.C. Senate proposal to impose a surtax on owners of hybrid and electric cars: Stupid, stupid, stupid!

In essence, we are negating the economic advantage of driving a more efficient vehicle.

The proper solution to declining gas tax revenue is to effect a general increase in the gas tax.

Don’t penalize individuals who are trying to stretch the dollar by driving more efficient vehicles.

John S. Perugini

Waxhaw


Agencies like IRS, NSA a patriot’s worst enemy today

Patriots pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor when they signed the Declaration of Independence because of the tyranny they endured from a despotic government.

Today the Patriot endures tyranny from the IRS, NSA, DOJ and EPA – and they are protected from punishment by executive order and endless impuissant congressional hearings.

Where is the leadership of Mr. Jefferson when we need it?

John W. Vaughan

Charlotte


Time is ripe for tax reform,

and a flat tax is the way to go

With the recent IRS harassment in the news, now is the perfect and appropriate time to reform our federal tax system.

Eliminate the progressive income tax and replace it with a flat tax. And eliminate the IRS altogether.

If all residents of our country were required to pay the tax, then we would all have a stake in limiting its abuse.

Have a graduated scale for the tax, if necessary, to ease the burden of low- and medium-income earners.

Also, eliminate or lower corporate income tax. It is nothing more than double taxation and penalizes wealth and job creation.

Jerry K. Sammons

Unionville


In response to “Skip food, and other tax reform principles” (June 2 Editorial):

Senate tax proposal would hurt area’s 6 independent colleges

The writer is president of Wingate University and chairman of N.C. Independent Colleges and Universities.

N.C. Senate and House tax plans differ significantly in their treatment of charitable nonprofit organizations, including the six independent colleges and universities in the Charlotte region.

The Senate plan proposes millions in new sales taxes on nonprofit colleges, while taking away incentives for individuals and corporations to donate to nonprofits of all types.

Independent colleges and universities create economic development. We create jobs. We add value to communities and never ask for government aid.

The House plan is a more thoughtful, measured approach that avoids the severe cuts to charitable nonprofit organizations.

We know that all lawmakers care about access and affordability of higher education. We urge them to support the House plan.

Jerry E. McGee

Wingate


Voter ID strips rights that are central to our democracy

As a past chief precinct judge in Mecklenburg County, I’m very concerned about the voter ID legislation pending in Raleigh.

The current voter registration application requires your N.C. driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Falsification of this information is a felony.

So why would the Republican-backed voter ID legislation be necessary? It only serves to disenfranchise those who are poor, elderly or infirmed – our most vulnerable citizens.

Jim Lay

Charlotte


In response to “At Davidson, heritage and principle collide” (June 6 Editorial):

Davidson bylaw offers students chance to model inclusiveness

Why do we think that society is enriched by erasing all distinctions instead of celebrating them?

If 90 percent of those who currently make up the Davidson academic community are not Presbyterian, but the college president is, and must be, that presents a wonderful opportunity for Davidson students and faculty to demonstrate and model their commitment to acceptance and inclusiveness.

Or are we to honor the spirit of diversity only in cases where everyone can be the same as everyone else?

Tom L. Bowers

Charlotte

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