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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “McCrory floats smaller tax cuts” (June 26) and related articles:

Vote out N.C. legislators who want to further tax poor, elderly

North Carolina’s GOP governor and legislature continue their assault on the poor, elderly and sick.

Now, they’re talking about possibly taxing Social Security.

What will the GOP and the Democrats who earlier denied unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed in our state say to these folks now? “Tough cookies, you don’t need to eat, pay rent, pay power bills”?

I would suggest Moral Monday protesters go back to their areas and organize voter registration and voter ID drives.

Try to find some decent candidates to replace the ones now in office. Voting these legislators out is the only way to change this.

Pat Padgett

Rockingham


My list of president’s failures

is long and getting longer

President Obama has been in office for 4 1/2 years now and what do we see?

Tepid economy with continued high unemployment; deficit racing toward $17 billion; Benghazi cover up; huge and growing scandal at IRS; NSA spying; a defiant and arrogant attorney general; the true costs of Obamacare setting in; our allies and enemies scoffing at the weakness and indecisiveness of the president’s foreign policies; and the list goes on and on.

If this is not by design, then it is incompetence.

Thank goodness for the 22nd Amendment which limits a president to two terms. I shudder to think what Obama and his appointees could do with another four years.

Bill Hawthorne

Charlotte


In response to “Lender to host Tillis fundraiser” and N.C. Opinions: Raleigh “For McCrory, no retreat from special interests” (June 26 Opinion):

Concept of fairness, civic duty losing out to ‘legitimized greed’

I’m concerned that society has legitimized greed.

We cannot raise the minimum wage or feed the poor with food stamps because it cost too much, yet corporate profits, board compensation and executive pay in the U.S. have skyrocketed past world norms while workers and stockholders take it on the chin.

Corporations “mine” government with lobbyists to avoid taxes. The $5,000 Grandover Resort golf retreat and the Tillis fundraiser hosted by lender Royce Everette confirm this greed has crept into government and policy.

I’m a fan of ethical Quaker capitalism that prized fairness for all and civic duty over greed.

Remember your moral compass when you cast your vote!

Chip Potts

Mooresville


In response to “Plan to arm Syrian rebels likely in works for weeks” (June 18) and related articles:

Iran, Afghan wars a mistake, can’t afford another in Syria

Remember the adage “learn from history so as to try not to repeat the mistakes”?

That apparently is no longer relevant. Iraq: Huge mistake. Afghanistan: Huge mistake. And now Syria?

If the Mideast had wanted any kind of peace, they would have done so hundreds of years ago. What makes anyone think our intervention is going to solve anything?

Our country is broke, but we seem to always have the money to fight wars we cannot win.

Really short memories in Washington!

Brenda Bradshaw

Iron Station


In response to “Study: Minority, poor students gain from charters” (June 25 CharlotteObserver.com):

Study offered inaccurate picture of charter schools

The writer is president of The Center for Education Reform.

While it was gratifying to read an article about improved results in charter schools, a note of caution is in order.

The reality is we cannot make conclusions about charter school performance without randomized control trials – the gold standard for research – that use actual student-by-student data over time.

The CREDO report fails to use such methods. Instead, it employs statistical gymnastics to make spurious comparisons of charter student achievement across state lines.

State-by state and community-by-community analyses are the only real measures that offer validity to parents and policymakers to make informed decisions about educational choices and student outcomes.

Jeanne Allen

Washington, D.C.


In response to “County board OKs 2.35-cent tax hike” (June 19) and related articles:.

My homeownership dream

is now a tax nightmare

When I was young, I was led to believe that if I worked hard and bought a house and took care of it we would at least have a place when we retired.

Well, not so true.

I am 85 years old and I pay more to the city and county government to live in this home than I can afford. Now, they’re going to charge even more.

I guess the government would like me to just get a cardboard box and move downtown and live on the street.

Tax and spend.

Glenn Gurley

Charlotte

Tax hike on heels of flawed revaluation feels like robbery

The property tax increase approved by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners indicates totally irresponsible decision making, especially in that the 2011 property revaluations are likely very overvalued.

In my opinion, this is a form of legalized robbery. I’d think that a lot of people would come to the same conclusion.

David Farnsworth

Charlotte

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