In response to Posting big numbers for UNCC (June 12):
I see no reason to celebrate Jerry Richardsons generosity
Let me get this straight: Charlotte taxpayers give a billionaire $90 million so he can make capital improvements to his business, then the billionaire turns around and gives $10 million to UNC Charlotte. And were supposed to celebrate the billionaires generosity?
That would be an absolute joke if it werent so sad.
No wonder all of those commuters were tired of being Charlotte taxpayers and left the city.
UNCC, I have a better plan for stadium name, Jerrys $10M
Its ironic that months after Jerry Richardson pleaded with City leaders for funding for stadium improvements, saying in effect that he couldnt afford to fund them himself, he found the resources to get UNC Charlotte to name its stadium after him.
This mans hubris is exceeded only by his vanity and desire for self-aggrandizement.
Rather than naming the new stadium after Richardson, I suggest UNCC donate the funds to the City to offset Bank of America Stadium renovation costs. Then, name the UNCC stadium 49ers Stadium or something more appropriate for a publicly funded university.
In response to City OKs budget and tax hike (June 11):
Time for Charlotte renters to carry more of the tax burden
Its time that city and county government stop putting the burden of paying for capital projects on homeowners and commercial property owners.
Some of us residential owners are older and on fixed incomes. An increase of 7.25 percent from the City and an additional increase from the County, along with increased water, sewer and storm water fees, puts an undue burden on real estate owners.
Renters, who also benefit from all of the proposed improvements including those for schools, should share more in the burden through a rent tax, which could be collected monthly by their landlords. We do not need elected officials who lack imagination and always take the easy way out of any financial dilemma.
Raymond M. Conforti
In response to Carbon monoxide linked to hotel deaths (June 11):
Boys death could have been prevented; someone must pay
Someone in the state medical examiners office should be going to jail on charges stemming from allowing a little boy to die.
Upon reading the article about the elderly couple found dead in the motel months ago, I immediately suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. So did everyone else I discussed it with.
And those whose job it is waited this long to perform carbon monoxide tests, allowing innocent people to stay there? Unbelievable!
Use cell technology to prevent deaths like those in Boone
We have placed men on the moon and have split the atom. Is it that hard to develop a cell phone with a built in smoke/CO2 detector? How many lives could be saved?
Minimal loss of privacy is price we pay for security today
We citizens should have more confidence in the way this administration and the previous one handled our defense against radicalism all over the world.
For the first time in our history, we are fighting an enemy who has no government, no uniform, army, navy or air force, leaving us to contend in a far different way than previous wars.
Monitoring communications via cell phones, Internet traffic, cameras, drones, etc. has proven successful.
Those who object to loss of privacy, must sacrifice as we did in previous wars. Life is much more important.
History shows that in times of war surveillance can be key
As the nation debates and discusses the balance of privacy versus security with the Guardians recent revelations of big data intelligence gathering by the NSA, it must be remembered that after WWI in 1929, the code breaking agency of the United States, called The Black Chamber, was disbanded.
President Hoovers Secretary of State Henry L. Stimson refused to continue its funding with the now-famous comment, Gentlemen do not read other peoples mail.
WWII found the United States at a code breaking disadvantage.
Read The Black Chamber by Herbert O. Yardley.
In response to Obstacle-course races fun comes with great danger, (June 9):
Spectacles like mud runs reveal much about us; count me out
A culture obsessed with faux-toughness and supposedly epic fun presents us with a Manichaean choice: awesome running spectacles featuring mud, or merely lame, no-frills 12-milers.
The spectacle makes one suspect a show-and-tell mentality and herd behaviour. Itll soon be passe entertainment like Demolition Derby or pro rasslin.
Miles I can handle. If I require socializing, theres always rowing crew. Purist? You betcha.
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