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In response to “CPCC set to expand Harris campus” (Aug. 4):

Colleges owe it to taxpayers to spend on technology, not bricks

As a taxpayer, I’m concerned when I read about N.C. colleges expanding physical infrastructure.

With college costs already unaffordable for many, bigger campuses are going to mean more fixed costs that need to be covered. Is this the best use of limited educational resources?

N.C. educational leadership should be looking at decreasing fixed costs by using readily available technology.

The private sector has been doing this for decades, because they can’t go to voters for bond offerings every few years.

When a five-year plan for CPCC still includes physical expansion, it seems the status quo is being accepted as a best practice.

Brett Furniss

Charlotte


In response to “Mayor announces Charlotte won’t sever ties with its Russian sister city, Voronezh” (Aug. 8 CharlotteObserver.com ):

Sister Cities wastes taxpayer money on a political perk

Charlotte City Council member Claire Fallon says Charlotte should cut its ties with its sister city in Russia because of that country’s new anti-gay legislation.

Fallon has the right answer, but the wrong reason.

Charlotte should eliminate all the Sister Cities programs, which are little more than an excuse for politicians and bureaucrats to travel all over the world on taxpayers’ dime.

Don Reid

Charlotte


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

GOP must work harder to end Obamacare; don’t compromise

Some tea party young guns, such as Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, are working to defund Obamacare, regardless of which party gets the blame.

Inside the beltway Republicans promise “lines in the sand” then cave and run for the hills. There is no push back, grit or stomach to confront President Obama’s agenda.

House Republicans: Stand tall, unite our party, draw a deep trench in the sand, and for heaven’s sake don’t compromise or blink – just vote to defund Obamacare.

Jim Cherry

Charlotte


Even signs barring guns

won’t keep illegal guns out

The new concealed carry law will allow those who have a permit to carry a handgun, to do so in restaurants and bars, but not drink alcohol.

That is unless the establishment puts up a sign barring firearms. That sign will only keep out legally carried guns.

Think about it!

Ross Stutts

Matthews


Voter ID is necessary to prevent Dems from stealing elections

How is it that being required to show a photo ID to vote is such a problem for blacks and poor people?

I have never heard the first complaint about showing a photo ID to receive food stamps, Section 8 housing, Medicaid or other programs that taxpayers foot the bill for. Democrats know that by having to show photo ID it will be harder to steal elections and for some people to vote more than once.

Democrats need to stop using the ill-educated and the poor – white and black – to steal elections.

Flay Reinhardt

Shelby

Voter ID nothing more than a ‘gateway’ to discrimination

I write in response to “N.C.: Poster child for wrong,” (July 27 Viewpoint). This article is just one of many reasons my counterparts “pull the black card.”

Pulling the black card is when African Americans reference the oppression of our race when dealing with the “system.”

As a volunteer for Organizations of America, I and others encouraged the African-American community to vote, but spent the other half of our time convincing them that their voices counts. This article reminds me that half of what those discouraged voters said about not having a voice was true.

The voter ID bill gives North Carolina a gateway to discriminate during the voting process and, of course, highly affects African Americans.

So, thank you North Carolina for continuing to help us break down the African-American community and giving us one more reason to “pull the black card.”

Sesaney S. Green

Charlotte


Seems to me airport operates just fine without Orr at helm

What is going on? It has been over three weeks since Jerry Orr left, and the airport is still standing!

We don’t have our great leader and we don’t have a benevolent airport authority to manage it for us, so how is it still running?

I’ve been patiently waiting for the whole thing to implode on itself, yet things seem to be perfectly normal. The end must be just around the corner.

Maybe Ruth Samuelson can tell us when to expect it.

Pete Miller

Charlotte

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