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Way to go Gov. McCrory,

N.C. needed that voter ID law

We have finally got a governor with a backbone – Gov. Pat McCrory. I would like to thank our governor for this. You have to have an ID nowadays for anything anymore!

Barbara Stoneman

Weddington

Rather than whine, help those who don’t have ID to get one

Instead of complaining about everyone needing an ID to vote, people should help those that do not have one get one.

They have three years, which is more than enough time. They are free, so no issue there.

If you have a family member or neighbor or friend, take them and get an ID.

Dick Meyer

Charlotte

McCrory must stop hiding, start defending his actions publicly

When Gov. Pat McCrory signed bills cruelly cutting off unemployment benefits and denying Medicaid to 500,000 North Carolinians, he did it behind closed doors.

When protesters gathered in Raleigh, he falsely claimed he walked among them, or delivered cookies without discussing their concerns. When he signed the new voting law, he released a You Tube video calling these “common-sense” solutions.

What is the sense of eliminating early voting opportunities, a program to encourage high school students to register, and straight-ticket voting?

Does our governor have the courage of conviction to defend his actions in public rather than online? It appears not.

Pat McCoy

Charlotte


In response to “City’s Thanksgiving Day Carrousel parade cancelled” (Aug. 12):

Project Runway, but no holiday parade? Bad decision, Belk

Belk has chosen to put its money into a show called “Project Runway” instead of giving to those who’ve helped make Belk a success – its customers in Charlotte and surrounding areas.

Belk has made a terrible mistake. When the public realizes where the parade money is now being spent, many will begin to feel the way I do.

For my grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all the children who enjoyed this event, I’m sorry that Belk has chosen to take the wrong direction and deprive all of you of this event.

Bobbie S. Foard

Charlotte


In response to Sen. Phil Berger’s response to “Is the legislature helping K-12 education?” (Aug. 11 Viewpoint):

Sen. Berger needs to help classrooms, not hinder teachers

Sen. Phil Berger, I have dedicated 28 years to teaching, enjoying every minute with my students. So why did I resign last month from CMS? Because of the toxic atmosphere created by bureaucrats like yourself.

With the latest legislation, it will only become worse as administrators analyze more test data and teachers compete for the limited number of bonuses.

Sen. Berger, if you really want to help teachers, provide extra time with pay so we can better prepare our lessons and learn the newest technologies.

My work schedule always included evening and weekend hours, but in all my 28 years of teaching, I never made $55,000, nor was I represented by a union as you stated.

Please stop spreading these falsehoods. It only makes a difficult job much harder.

Kelly Morlacci

Charlotte


Editorial on grad rates ignored that requirements lowered

Loved the editorial Monday lauding how CMS raised graduation rates and all of the wonderful reasons why. You were even able to take a pot shot at Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature.

While patting CMS on the back, would it not have been more “fair” to have also reiterated what was mentioned in Sunday’s Observer – that although graduation rates did go up, it coincided with the requirements for graduation being lowered at the same time?

Long-live your liberal bias!

Perry Clark

Huntersville


In response to “What N.C’s tax changes mean to you” (Aug. 11):

Seniors like me will now be subsidizing the wealthy in N.C.

My wife and I are seniors with about $60,000 in combined Social Security and pension income. Based on our 2012 state taxes, an additional $790 in state tax means a whopping 19 percent increase for us.

By definition taxes redistribute income. The question for citizens is how to do it fairly.

According to your chart, single taxpayers earning over $250,000 are getting a $4,000 break.

I honestly bear them no ill will, but for my fellow seniors and me it is cold comfort indeed to know that we were singled out to help subsidize their welfare.

Frank Hughes

Matthews


These teen runners could give lessons in greenway courtesy

Props to the Charlotte Catholic kids and coaches training on the Four Mile Greenway Aug. 8. I’ve never encountered a more polite, respectful and friendly group. It’s obvious that character building is as much a focus of their training as running.

Those teenage kids could give a tutorial in courtesy to many of the adults I pass on my daily runs on the greenway. Well done!

Allison Brinks

Charlotte

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