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N.C. wants to loosen guns laws, but those guns are killing us

Wednesday’s Observer had a front-page article about an innocent man murdered by gun. (“Struggle, shots, death in seconds”).

Inside there was an article (“N.C. bill targets gun permits”) about the N.C. legislature wanting to do away with permits and background checks for handguns. They will also now be legal on public property.

Do I have to be afraid to leave my house?

This is not the Wild West. We should not need protection by firearms to go for a walk or to the store. Guns may not kill, but people with guns do!

Linda Nore

Charlotte


NSA ‘spying’ of more benefit than what Facebook, Google do

I find it amazing that so many people are upset about the NSA’s “spying” on our emails.

For years Google and Facebook have not only collected some of the same data but they’ve harvested it and sold information to advertisers. And they’ve made millions selling our information to advertisers who target us.

At least NSA is doing something useful with our tax money.

Ian Gilmour

Mint Hill


In response to “Commissioners tentatively approve budget with 2.35-cent tax increase” (June 12):

Bravo, Meck! Tax increase is

an investment in our future

Thank you, Mecklenburg commissioners, for your straw vote to raise property taxes slightly to meet growing needs in education and other public services. County taxes are by no means soaring. The likely new rate – 81.57 cents per $100 valuation – would be the second lowest of any year since 2004.

Maybe, as critics say, some people leave Mecklenburg because of taxes. But recent Census data show Mecklenburg is this urban region’s fastest-growing county – up by 5.4 percent from 2010 to 2012, more than Union, Cabarrus, York and all our other neighbors.

We need the amenities county taxes help provide – education, parks, libraries, health care, law enforcement, social services – to keep Mecklenburg an attractive place to live and do business.

Bravo to the commissioners for making that investment.

Ed Williams

Charlotte


Richardson deserves thanks for helping launch UNCC football

More than two decades ago, Jerry Richardson famously told us “thank you, thank you, thank you” for all the public support that helped convince the NFL to give him the Panthers franchise.

Today, I praise Mr. Richardson’s generosity. He has significantly bolstered the financial viability of the 49ers football program. I’m sure legions of UNCC alumni join me in cheering: “Thank you, thank you, thank you, Jerry Richardson.”

Ellison Clary

Charlotte


Free CMS breakfast and its unhealthy options will cost us

CMS wants to offer kids pizza bagels and sausage on a stick as a “nutritious breakfast.” In what universe are these nutritious?

If you are going to force our kids to be subject to free food, how about offering a menu suitable for growing children – not food that sounds like something a hung-over college student would eat.

Smarten up CMS, or start saving up to pay for all the obesity and health-related problems this is going to cause.

Jessica Quinn

Charlotte


McCrory called protesters like us ‘outsiders’; we’re far from it

We are a small percentage of the Charlotte clergy participating in Moral Monday protests against the regressive legislative work led by Gov. Pat McCrory. Collectively we’ve lived in North Carolina for 137 years, serving 17 congregations and representing almost 4,000 congregants.

We’re not “outsiders” sent in to do another’s bidding.

We are pastors who house the homeless, feed the hungry and advocate for “the least of these.” Our congregants are involved in environmental activism, tutoring and voter registration drives.

We want charter schools to have licensed teachers. We want our tax dollars going to our public schools, not to vouchers.

Gov. McCrory, if you want a conversation with “some of them,” we pastors and our people will gladly show up!

Nancy Allison, Linn Finger and Jim Humphrey

Charlotte

GOP proposals lift up those in poverty; no need for protests

Moral Monday protesters are breaking the law protesting inside capitol facilities.

They say Gov. McCrory and Republicans are destroying safety-net programs; that Republicans are heartless and don’t care about the poor.

Well, that is not true. The goal of Republicans is to put North Carolinians back to work, which will strengthen the safety net!

Previous Democratic leadership accumulated dangerous and immoral debt. History reveals that smaller government, fair regulations and reasonable tax rates have lifted more people from poverty and benefited the middle class by millions.

Breaking laws, the media misrepresenting what Republicans are doing, and bankrupting our state – that’s what is immoral.

Patrick Miller

Charlotte


Recent TV ads touting local ‘nonprofit’ hospitals an affront

How do advertising firms have the nerve to run hospital ads in Charlotte after the Observer published a scathing exposé of the shameless profits these “not for profit” hospitals reap at every turn in their operations? Doesn’t anybody read the paper anymore?

Susan Cernyak-Spatz

Charlotte

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