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GOP’s intent was never to ‘protect’ voting process

If the voter ID law only called for presentation of an ID at the ballot box, I really wouldn’t have an issue with it. It’s the fact that the law went well beyond this by eliminating Sunday voting, straight-ticket voting, some early voting, and pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds.

Not enough was done to address mail-in absentee ballots, which have the highest chance of fraud since anyone can fill one out. That’s the injustice.

Since the governor can’t seem to make time to meet with anyone who disagrees with him, I hope he’ll at least make time to do another You Tube video explaining how all these provisions “protect” voting.

Charles Fortanbary

Charlotte

Requirements of voter ID bill really aren’t that tough to meet

What’s wrong with requiring a photo ID? You have three years to get one and they are free.

North Carolina is not doing away with early voting, just offering fewer days but the same number of hours.

Do we forget that we have not always had early voting?

Gene Ford

Matthews


McCrory brought staff pay up to snuff, but not teacher pay

After taking office, one of the first orders of business for Gov. Pat McCrory was to give his cabinet a generous raise. Swiftly implemented pay hikes for his cabinet averaged 8 percent and included annual raises of up to $13,200 for cabinet secretaries.

Apparently, the governor perceives some correlation between attractive salaries and the ability to recruit and retain the best quality talent.

It’s too bad Mr. McCrory doesn’t feel that same economic model applies to our teachers.

Allen Crawford

Charlotte


In response to “Seniors like me will now be subsidizing the wealthy” (Aug. 14 Forum):

Wealthy pay bulk of taxes, deserve tax break N.C. offers

It’s amazing that people who pay little in taxes are so angry when people who pay most of our taxes get a small tax break.

The outrageous lie told by liberals is that the poor “subsidize” the wealthy, when the truth is the exact opposite.

We need to take care of those in need around us – voluntarily – but let’s at least be honest about taxation and redistribution of income.

Deborah Presson

Mint Hill


I’m no fan of Obama, but editorial cartoon was unfair

I thoroughly enjoy Kevin Siers’ editorial cartoons but felt that Tuesday’s was inaccurate and unfair to our current president.

Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton were guilty of obstruction of justice and lying to the American people. Nixon resigned to avoid impeachment, and Clinton was impeached but acquitted.

No one has accused President Obama of lying or obstructing justice concerning NSA reform.

I did not vote for Obama, but he is our president, thus he deserves fair and accurate treatment on matters such as NSA.

Believe me, there is plenty of other material on which he can be justifiably criticized.

Russell Olson Jr.

Davidson


In response to “Critics confront Pittenger” (Aug. 10):

Here’s why I won’t push

to defund Obamacare this time

True to my conservative principles, I have sponsored, co-sponsored, or voted for 15 bills that defund, reform, repeal, or replace Obamacare.

Even leading Democrats call Obamacare a “train wreck,” which is killing full-time jobs and forcing some N.C. businesses to wrestle with a 284 percent increase in health care premiums.

Some suggest I should also threaten to shut down the government to defund Obamacare.

Under President Obama’s law, Obamacare’s mandates, regulations, and most of its spending would continue under a government shutdown.

But many critical services would be curtailed and our brave soldiers would be left to worry where their next paycheck will come from. This is not responsible.

Reduced spending and entitlement reforms are achievable goals in the current debt ceiling debate and should be our focus instead of a failed effort that would ultimately leave Obamacare intact.

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger

Charlotte


In response to “After Benghazi attack, Obama plays it safe” (Aug. 11):

U.S. role in Middle East grows more baffling under Obama

I find it laughable that nowhere in this article was it mentioned that al-Qaida, with help from the U.S., has seized control of Libya and is in the process of doing so in Syria, again with aid from our government.

Obama is quoted as saying: “We are not going to completely eliminate terrorism,” and that cannot be any truer if we continue to indirectly aid al-Qaida’s growth in the Middle East.

I don’t know what is more infuriating – the continued Orwellian nature of our involvement in the Middle East, or the fact that it has come to be expected.

Don Thornton

Huntersville

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