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Civitas list of Moral Monday protesters is shameful

Wow! Art Pope’s Civitas Institute has published an online list of those arrested during Moral Monday protests.

It includes their employers, membership in political or activist groups, and more information than one could find on an arrest record. This reminds me of the enemies list the Nixon White House kept.

There is only one reason Pope and his puppet Pat McCrory would do this: Intimidation.

What’s next Art and Pat, the knock on the door?

Jack Flynn

Charlotte

McCrory quip about protesters may end up costing him his job

It has been made very clear that when Gov. Pat McCrory called Moral Monday demonstrators “outsiders,” what he said was not true.

The governor must know from his business experience that when an employee is found to have made statements that are not true, he loses his job.

Tom Kirby-Smith

Greensboro


In response to “Treat campus sexual assaults as crimes” (June 17 Editorial):

I assure you Campus Security Initiative is no ‘PR move’

The writer is president of the University of North Carolina System.

After praising my announcement of the UNC Campus Security Initiative, the Observer then questioned whether this is a serious effort on my part to ensure that campus crimes get the attention they deserve, or “simply a PR move to get the system out of a harsh spotlight.”

I can assure you that having spent 17 years as a Superior Court judge trying cases involving sexual assault and other violent crimes, I don’t take such matters lightly.

In fact, I am the person who contacted the local district attorney when we learned that a sexual assault complaint may have been mishandled at Elizabeth City State University.

This initiative is designed to help us identify better ways to help prevent sexual assaults and other crimes on UNC campuses; properly investigate and respond to allegations of sexual harassment and violence; accurately collect and report campus crime statistics; and ensure that the law enforcement functions of campus police are appropriately carried out.

You can be sure we will undertake this initiative with great care and that we will do it right and with integrity.

Thomas W. Ross

Chapel Hill


In response to “Building efficiency standards may be rolled back” (June 19):

GOP push to roll back energy standards all about profit

Rep. John Torbett of Gaston County says of the GOP drive to roll back energy-efficiency requirements for new office and commercial buildings: “If it makes you feel a little better, don’t think of the word ‘repeal.’ Just think of the word ‘readopt’ the code from 2009.”

If it’s for business, hands off. If it’s for your personal life, all in.

Mr. Torbett is not concerned with the energy or greenhouse gas savings, he’s only concerned with the present short-term profit.

Stephen C. Sissons

Charlotte


Obama power grabs rendering U.S. Constitution worthless

Tyranny is defined as a significant and flagrant misuse of power. Recent governmental actions in Benghazi, the IRS, NSA, Fast and Furious, etc. are the epitome of outrageous assaults on our Constitution and freedom.

President Truman’s motto was “the buck stops here.” This administration refuses to accept responsibility.

Tyranny of 2013 is more dangerous than Watergate. Tyranny by either party should not trump our freedoms!

Hugh Wise

Charlotte


Alcohol and guns not a good mix; reject House Bill 937

N.C. House Bill 937 sanctions the possession of guns in more public places, including bars.

Alcohol is a depressant drug which reduces inhibitions in the drinker. This proposed legislation could make it more likely that someone carrying a concealed weapon could do so while in a state where inhibitions are reduced or nonexistent.

How is this proposed legislation good for North Carolinians?

Shirley Goodman Anderson

Charlotte


Make S.C. commuters pay N.C. income tax, like other states do

We continue to look for ways to enhance our tax base.

There are many people who choose to live in South Carolina to avoid N.C. taxes, but who work in North Carolina and enjoy the benefits.

Many states have non-resident income taxes for those who work in their state. Why not look at enacting legislation to tax those N.C. workers who choose to live in South Carolina?

Randy Walker

Charlotte


Name UNCC stadium after first veteran to graduate from there

According to my research, UNC Charlotte was founded primarily to educate WW II veterans, especially those using GI Bill funds.

It seems appropriate to name the stadium after the first veteran who graduated from that institution.

Or, would he be one of the “lesser men” a Buzzer was referring to when he wrote: “Mr. Richardson lights candles all over the Carolinas while lesser men curse the darkness”?

Amy Keith

Charlotte

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