In response to N.C. Social Security tax splits GOP (June 21):
Dont even think about taxing retirees Social Security wages
The number of retirees going on Social Security grows every day, so I guess were a good target for more tax money.
N.C. legislators should keep in mind that were the largest group of voters. We put them in office and well vote out anyone who comes after our Social Security wages with a new state tax.
We already pay plenty of taxes property taxes, road and gas taxes, sales tax.
For 40 to 60 years we paid Social Security tax.
Leave our Social Security money alone, or maybe we will vote for N.C. legislators who understand who put them in office.
In response to Obama to workers: Turn in leakers (June 21):
Asking federal employees to report co-workers is worrisome
Everyone should be aware of the new Insider Threat Program.
One of the ways Hitler came to power is was by urging people to spy on their neighbors and turn them in to the government. Now Obama wants federal employees to do the same.
When are the American people going to wake up?
Lake Wylie, S.C.
In response to Make S.C. commuters pay N.C. income tax, like other states do (June 21 Forum):
No need to tax S.C. commuters, theyre not getting a free ride
I can assure you as a former S.C. resident who commuted to Charlotte to work for 10 years that S.C. commuters are already taxed by North Carolina at a non-resident rate.
S.C. commuters do not get a free ride. Not only did I pay state income taxes to North Carolina, but I was also required to file and pay state income taxes in South Carolina.
My overall state tax burden between the two states was about the same as it is now that Ive moved back to Charlotte.
Border security with Mexico should be a shared burden
A Senate proposal calls for 700 miles of additional fencing to be built on the Mexican border. Millions of dollars will be spent by taxpayers to keep illegal immigrants out of the U.S.
Yet, we never hear about the Mexican government spending any of their money on increasing border patrols inside of Mexico or help share the cost of fencing.
Mexico needs to start sharing expenses with the U.S. government for border security.
In response to VA should consider Eastland site for its new health center (June 20 Forum):
VA health center idea wont fly amid tear it down mentality
While converting Eastland Mall to a Veterans Administration health center would make sense to most of us, Forum writer Leah Seets Allen obviously doesnt understand the Charlotte mentality of tear it down and rebuild it. It only costs taxpayers a few million more.
Henry N. Graham
In response to Compassion heals poverty, but it seems to be in short supply (June 19 Forum):
Misguided policies have made poverty worse, not better
I went to college, worked hard and made many sacrifices to obtain the secure suburban home Forum writer Martha Brinsko so sneeringly referred to.
Fifty years of love and compassion have done nothing to solve the problems of poverty in this country. If anything it has made things even worse.
Throwing money at the problem does nothing to solve it. By continuing these misguided policies you fix nothing and force tens of millions of Americans to continue living a subsistence lifestyle, forcing them to remain living in the gutter, with no hope of themselves or their children ever getting out.
I must ask, where is the love and compassion in that?
In response to Poverty often stems from making wrong choices (June 20 Forum):
Blaming poor for bad choices
is taking the easy way out
Oh how convenient it would be to live in Forum writer Scott Hopkins world, where all poverty is just the result of personal choices, thereby absolving us of any responsibility or obligation to provide for the poor or eradicate the actual causes.
I remember well that part of the Bible where Jesus said, Cursed shall be the poor, because, hey, theyre just like that because of their own personal choices anyway.
Theres room for compromise on gay marriage, lets seize it
We need more give and take in our society, and a willingness to compromise, if we are to get through the present polarization.
The debate over gay marriage shows little give and take.
Most have ceded to the gay/lesbian coalition the right and privileges of married couples, except assigning to gay/lesbian couples the title of married.
Can we assign the title civil union instead of the title of married? After all, the term marriage has been defined as being between one man and one woman for thousands of years.
Is it necessary to demand complete surrender, or can we learn to live together respecting one another and accepting some fundamental differences?
The Rev. James N. Murray
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