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Obama administration plans once again fail Economy 101

The Obama administration continues to astound me with its economic ignorance. Most recently, President Obama offered to lower corporate tax rates and close certain loopholes, resulting in more government revenue. The catch? He will only do it if he can use the revenue to create government/academic/business institutes.

I have a counter proposal – just do the tax reforms. They will improve the efficiency of the economy and create jobs.

Steven Nesbit

Charlotte


In response to “Abortion law changes protect women, raise clinic standards” (Aug. 5 Forum):

Abortion changes won’t protect women; they put them at risk

When Diane Hoefling applauds legislation regarding abortion clinics, you can bet it is more about restricting access than protecting women’s health. She has long been known for her anti-choice position.

I, too, have been at the local clinics, escorting patients and defending the clinics against protesters who harass women and their families. I have yet to see a woman being taken away by ambulance.

Ms. Hoefling wants truthful reporting from the media. So, yes, report the real statistics. Let the public know that abortions are one of the safest outpatient procedures. Restricting access by imposing unnecessary rules will cause clinics to close. That puts women in danger.

Cindy Thomson

Charlotte


In response to “A toast to Raleigh pub owner who won’t let guns inside” (Aug. 4 Forum):

Restaurants with no-guns policy won’t get my business

Jennifer Roberts believes gun owners will belly up to the bar and then become a problem because they will be mixing alcohol and guns. Ms. Roberts should read the law. It says concealed carry permitees cannot have any alcohol in their systems if they are carrying concealed whether they are in a bar, restaurant, or walking on the sidewalk in their own neighborhood.

Restaurants and bars posting a no-guns sign will not get my business. They need to stick to food and drink and worry more about sending buzzed or drunk patrons out the door who get behind the wheel.

Cheryl Jones

Charlotte


In response to “Utilities fight renewable rival” (Aug. 4):

Electric utilities deserve no sympathy; it’s time to change

If the world is to survive climate change, electric utilities must change. Whining about it is pointless. Are we supposed to feel sorry for them, with their guaranteed return on equity?

The question is not, “How will utilities survive the transition to solar?” but “Why on Earth is the government allowing them to delay another minute?”

Solutions are well-known – utilities can maintain their monopoly over the grid, while giving up their destructive monopoly over production and distribution. The snags of upgrading their business model are trivial compared to the tragedy of leaving a seriously damaged planet to our descendants.

Sally Kneidel

Charlotte


In response to “GOP government shutdown aids Democrats” (Aug. 3 Viewpoint):

Haha! Good one; please keep us laughing, Charles Krauthammer

With his majestic command of How The World Works, Charles Krauthammer would dupe us into thinking the GOP is not in intellectual disarray. We on the other can hand can majestically endorse his only relevant sentence: “You can’t govern from one house of Congress.”

The GOP is in denial about many things, foremost that they lost an election. As Dick Cheney might say, they need to get over it.

Steve Craig

Charlotte


Thanks Gov. McCrory for protecting our water supply

Kudos to Gov. Pat McCrory and his administration for their courageous leadership in challenging corporate giant ALCOA for control of our state’s precious water resources. On Friday, in response to the company’s efforts to retain its Yadkin hydropower license from the federal government for another 50 years, the state asserted its legal ownership of the riverbeds beneath the Yadkin project outside Charlotte and denied ALCOA’s water quality certification to continue operating the hydro-project.

As the state’s second largest river basin, the Yadkin River is vital to ensuring an adequate water supply for Charlotte . Friday’s actions were a critical step in returning the Yadkin water to its rightful owner – the people of North Carolina.

Virginia R. Dunn

Charlotte


In response to”Silencers now legal for N.C. hunters” (Aug. 1):

Hunters with silencers? Boone would be flabbergasted

How was, or who, brought hunting with silencers into the mix? Explain the rationale, please. Maybe some goober can’t use a bow sufficiently when trespassing onto a prime hunting area closed to him. So much for woodsman skills. Come on legislature. Boone and Crockett are spinning in their graves.

Wally Lingerfelt

Iron Station

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