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What Moral Monday crowd seeks will lead to bankruptcy

Moral Monday protesters are asking for the same things that brought Detroit to its knees.

Far too many have come to believe that a greater dependence on federal, state and local government agencies is a God-given right. Sooner or later that mindset results in more takers than givers.

We must stand up for what is good for our country, instead of our own wallets. It’s the only way to regain what has been lost and return to a robust economy that benefits not just a few, but all Americans.

Roland Thomas

Pineville

Tone of protest was spot on; this is a call to morality

It’s about time! The language and tone at Moral Monday in Charlotte were clearly a call to morality and faith-based actions.

Ever since the hypocritical creation of the Moral Majority years ago, progressives have let the right wing get away with promoting the money-and power-grabbing interests of an amoral few, hiding behind the sham of Christian-based values and morality.

Moral Monday supporters have it right. There can be no doubt that Jesus preached taking care of the sick and the poor and believed in communities taking care of each other.

Well done, Rev. William Barber and the NAACP.

Anne Dickerson

Charlotte

Give McCrory time, he’ll mimic success of other GOP governors

Moral Monday attendees and other naysayers pounding Gov. Pat McCrory should take a step back and research the record achieved by Republican governors who took over in predominantly Democratic states.

I refer to Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida. All three were saddled with high unemployment and budget deficits. Under Republican governors each has seen unemployment drop and currently has a budget surplus.

Give Gov. McCrory his time in office and let’s see the results. If his stewardship is a disaster, vote him out of office. That’s the democratic process at its best.

Brooke S. Dickson

Charlotte


In response to “BofA cuts back drive-up teller lanes” (Aug. 21):

Closing drive-up windows hurts elderly, moms with kids in tow

Bank of America shows no regard for the handicapped, elderly and mothers in eliminating drive-ups at some locations.

Mothers with infants, toddlers and young children will have to get them out of the vehicle and herd them into the bank. It should also be noted that using a drive-up eliminates the possibility of the customer being exposed to a bank robbery.

I see no added expense in retaining drive-ups. If they are slow, then eliminate the drive-up teller and let the inside tellers catch the occasional drive-up.

James Mulcahy

Charlotte


In response to “State gives reservoir project an unprecedented pass” (Aug. 21):

Decision by those who protect N.C.’s water should alarm us all

Our regulators are under tremendous pressure to allow corporations and wealthy investors to use and pollute our water without government interference. Corporate-sponsored politicians are rolling back long-standing protections for our water and air – the common wealth that belongs to all of us.

Those who want our state to remain a livable, healthy place for our children and grandchildren need to pay attention and speak out.

Water is not merely a tool for “economic development;” it is necessary for life. And it’s not something we can just manufacture after we ruin what we have.

Beth Henry

Charlotte


Validating ID is fundamental

to conducting fair elections

During my annual wellness visit my physician’s receptionist required my health care card, my photo ID and a handprint scan.

I would suggest that everyone who wants acceptable personal identification already has it. It’s the way business is conducted in today’s society.

All the bluster about voter ID is nothing more than politically motivated rhetoric.

Tom Charping

Indian Trail

Don’t let GOP’s sleight of hand obscure real issue on voter ID

Voters should not be distracted by the Raleigh GOP sleight-of-hand tricks that take attention off the real issues.

Voter ID is not the primary concern. It is the restrictions on access to voting – fewer days, etc. – that will have the biggest impact in favoring Republicans.

Anger over salaries paid to young political activists obscures the real issue.

The media must stay focused on the real issues and not contribute to the obfuscations that hide the long-term effects of these decisions.

Michael P. Kennedy

Charlotte

In response to “Officials blame Carolinas’ laws” (Aug. 20):

New York, not North Carolina, is the problem on gun running

It is New York’s oppressive, unconstitutional restrictions on the Second Amendment that makes gun running a profitable venture for criminals. Just as alcohol Prohibition gave us Al Capone and Tammany Hall, so have assaults on basic Americans’ freedom and right to self defense created an environment where criminals can easily gain the upper hand. As a native New Yorker, I’m glad that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “ban everything, stop and frisk anyone” rampage will be ending soon.

Charles Held

Mount Holly

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