In response to Legislation gives N.C. governor autonomy to fill court vacancies (July 27):
Law sets stage for back-room deals in appointing judges
The writer is a family law attorney in the 27B Judicial District, which covers Lincoln and Cleveland counties:
The timing of legislation giving the governor autonomy to appoint District Court judges when vacancies occur was not lost on our District 27B Bar members. Cleveland County Rep. Tim Moore enabled this measure to be tacked onto an unrelated bill. He did so without notice to Democratic committee members; without vetting by the Judiciary Committee; without debate; without advising his constituents of his professed long-standing position on this issue; and without introducing (or tacking on) such legislation in his previous five terms.
In a clear power grab, the bill was introduced three legislative days after a local judge stated her intent to step down. The new law makes judicial appointments subject to back-room handshakes and diminishes the honor of the bench.
Becky J. Brown
Pat McCrory gets my pat on the back for his job performance
Gov. Pat McCrory is doing a great job. I hope he continues to stick it to you liberals until it hurts real bad. You have been in charge too long. This is the reason this state is in the shape that it is in. He will make this a state more like Texas a state that has some jobs for people to earn a living. Good job, Pat. Keep up the good work.
In response to A Session for the Ages (July 28 Editorial):
I object to Observers partisan characterization of legislature
The blindingly partisan one-sided rant by The Observer editorial board should raise eyebrows everywhere! Attempting to smear the accomplishments of our N.C. legislature using egregious assumptions of facts not in evidence would probably result in objections sustained in any court of law.
In response to Changes under GOP General Assembly breathtaking (July 28):
From Republican who is tax consultant: This isnt tax reform
The Observer quoted N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger as saying We said that we intended to reform the tax code; weve done that. As a registered Republican and after having a 30-year career as a tax consultant, I am appalled at that statement. I do not consider the action taken by the legislation as tax reform. Instead, it is a dereliction of duty.
The N.C. tax law covers all sorts of taxes and is a hodge-podge of laws enacted over many years. It needs to be reformed. Reducing my top income tax rate is not reform. Our legislature is just chipping at the tip of the problem instead of solving the big problem.
Eugene O. Daniels
In response to A sampling of new North Carolina laws (July 28)
The big winner in 2013 N.C. legislative session? ALEC, NRA
The big winners from legislation were the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which had its entire right wing agenda menu gobbled by the GOP, and the NRA. These folks are popping the corks.
The big losers were everyone else. Our working class and poor lost with more tax burden passed onto them. Blacks and college students lost because upwards of 300,000 have had their right to vote stripped from them. Women lost because the GOP big government knows more about their reproductive rights than they do. Teachers and kids lost as money for public education has been slashed.
This is the kind of state to which the GOP thinks people will want to retire or businesses will want to relocate?
Change license plate motto to note low teacher pay ranking
Perhaps the General Assembly will have time to pass one more piece of legislation, a change to the motto on N.C. license plates to: First in Flight, Last in Teacher Pay.
Many of us are pleased with conservative N.C. legislature
Sundays paper was chocked with harsh criticism of decisions the General Assembly made. Just to be clear, while it gets very little play in the Observer, MANY of us are very pleased with the more conservative bent our leadership has taken.
In response to Voter ID will backfire, sending GOP back into the wilderness (July 26 Forum):
Fraud happens; whats the big deal about N.C. voter ID law?
T.J.Broadnax has it all wrong. Voter ID is a must. There was a lot of voter fraud. The liberal media just wont print it. We need an ID to buy beer, cigarettes, to cash a check, to open an account anywhere. So what is the big deal?