In response to Affirmative action case sent back to lower court (June 25):
Forced admission of unqualified students benefits no one
Affirmative action may get a less than qualified student into Harvard, Yale or Duke, but it cannot pass the tests for them.
Having a diverse student population is admirable; unqualified individuals flunking out is demeaning.
If they cant pay the tuition, do the work and pass the tests, is it fair to anyone for them to be there? Equal opportunity to compete and excel; not forced equal outcome because of gender, race or religion.
In response to Open mind about next Meck county manager? (June 25 O-pinion blog):
Shame on Kim Ratliff for advocating discrimination
Mecklenburg commission Vice Chair Kim Ratliffs suggestion that the next county manager be a non-white male is hypocrisy at its best. Her comment does nothing but suggest the full use of discrimination in the search for a new manager. Had the tables been turned, the outcry and media coverage would be evident for days.
Kim Ratliff, you should be flat-out embarrassed and apologize to all involved.
In response to Council mulls transit housing rules (June 24):
Stop eroding tax base, reject subsidized housing on Lynx line
The argument for the Lynx Blue Line extension rested heavily on the tax revenue that developments along that line would generate. Now the City Council wants to put nonprofit residences on North Tryon Street.
The City continually removes property from the tax base, increases the tax rate to cover the difference, and even spends public money to support private enterprises able to support themselves.
The tax base along the Blue Line should not be reduced; the tax rate should not be increased; and if private businesses cannot support themselves, they are businesses too risky for taxpayers in these difficult times.
In response to Problem isnt people carrying legally concealed weapons (June 25 Forum):
Foolhardy to think those who carry guns in bars wont drink
The implication that all bar patrons who carry concealed weapons will not consume any alcohol because of zero tolerance laws is foolhardy.
One need only to look at how many people violate the laws regarding drinking and driving on a regular basis.
Immigration reform bill is both tough and fair; time to pass it
The Gang of 8 comprehensive immigration reform bill is tough, fair and compassionate to the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in this country.
Immigration reform should secure our borders and allow people to earn a path to citizenship. This piece of legislation addresses all the issues affecting our immigration system. This is the civil rights issue of our time.
In response to Studies find methane in Pa. drinking water (June 24 CharlotteObserver.com):
Fracking is tempting with jobs on the line, but risk is too high
Im sure Im not the only reader who was horrified to read about the potentially lethal levels of ethane, methane and propane found in the drinking water of those who live in Pennsylvanias fracking zones. Remediating drinking water is expensive, and sometimes impossible.
While new jobs and cheap energy may tempt our state while unemployment is high, we cant forget how important clean water is to our states economy, especially given that 19 percent of our states income comes from agriculture. A recent study at Cornell University reported that there was a high volume of livestock deaths after being exposed to fracking fluids.
In response to Purchase of expensive organ shows questionable priorities (June 25 Forum):
Wrong to judge a church based on one purchase; look deeper
Although I am not a member at Providence United Methodist, my visit to their website and probably any churchs in this area shows a list of generous missions in this community.
At times, we all need to make purchases for the good of our family, group or community, hopefully without the judgment of others.
True, a smaller used organ might have sufficed. But comparing an organ purchase to sending a child to college just doesnt seem kind, fair or even Christian, particularly when this church has probably helped send many needy children to college.
In response to As plans change, bakery owners start from scratch (June 24):
Eminent domain a death blow for too many business owners
It is frightening that you can pour your life savings into building a business and making your dreams a reality only to see it disappear. Why? Because some government officials dreams are more important than yours.
Eminent domain is being abused by governments all over the country, and in almost every case there are hard-working citizens who suffer as a result.
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