In response to Skip the flat-screen TV, Id rather have a safe hotel room (June 20 Forum):
A solution for those concerned about hotel carbon monoxide
Considering the expense of carbon monoxide monitors compared to the exceedingly small number of hotel deaths per stay due to CO poisoning, I would think that someone really concerned about the issue would bring a plug-in CO detector with him/her when traveling. He/she could take comfort in waking up alive while other guests would continue to enjoy lower room rates and/or flat screen TVs.
In response to City: Senate tax bill will hurt (June 19):
My tax burden seems to be growing in all directions
So Charlotte City management says that the Senates tax bill could result in property tax increases. Considering that the City Council and county commission have each voted to increase our taxes, why shouldnt the Senate have their turn, too? They deserve a chance to join in the fun.
We desperately need a new government!
In response to Alcohol and guns not a good mix; reject House Bill 937 (June 21 Forum):
Problem isnt people legally carrying concealed weapons
Every person legally carrying a concealed weapon has gone through a city, state and federal criminal background check, has taken a four-hour course that includes the laws pertaining to carrying a concealed weapon, and has qualified on a target range in order to obtain their license. Anyone legally carrying is also well aware of the zero tolerance when it comes to consuming alcohol.
Instead of worrying about the actions of law-abiding individuals, Ms. Anderson should be concerned over the criminals and gang members illegally carrying concealed weapons in bars and restaurants.
A secretive government that spies thats reason to worry
Something is terribly wrong in the country I love: people inside our government can spy on us all they want with a rubber stamp from the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court. But those same people inside our government stamp all their communications (even personal ones) classified and jail anybody who exposes them. Its scary.
We all need to see more classified documents to better understand what our government is doing behind our backs.
Is there a double-standard about offensive terms?
By now, Paula Deen must surely feel like the proverbial punching bag for the self-acknowledged and ill-advised racist comments she recently acknowledged making in her past. On the other hand, there continues to be little more than a periodic whisper about the long-standing racist name of one National Football League team located in close proximity to our nations capitol.
How is it that Dan Snyder (owner of the Washington Redskins), Roger Goodell (commissioner of the National Football League) and other power brokers can get by with such hurtful behavior directed (subtly, or otherwise) toward an ethnic group who has unjustly and dearly suffered at the hands of others over the past several hundred years?
In response to Church getting famous organ (June 23):
Purchase of expensive organ shows questionable priorities
Providence United Methodist Church members raised $1.5 million to purchase an organ from the Kennedy Center in Washington. Adam Ward, director of music at the church, states that it has been very hard to lead a congregation and choir the size of this one, referring to a piano he currently uses for the services there.
Isnt it harder for under-privileged youth in our area to afford college tuition or for single parents to make ends meet? Wouldnt it be more Christian to use this money for more worthy causes?
In response to Businessmans gifts quiety changed gay (June 23):
Meck commissioners got it right with Angels in America
I cant believe after all these years we are still discussing the lack of public funding for Angels in America. I pay taxes for governmental services. If elected officials decide to use taxes to fund cultural events it better be something I feel I can attend with my whole family after all, it is my money that sponsors the event.
Private benefactors are free to sponsor any activity they wish, but tax money should be used to benefit the whole community not just special interest groups. Governmental officials got this one right.
Jim Van Meerten
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