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Ordinance that encourages more recycling is welcome

I applaud Mecklenburg County for considering an ordinance to ban certain items from disposal in landfills.

I notice that a large percentage of residents in my neighborhood do not bother to recycle. It is disturbing to see the trash container of a family of two overflowing each week with plastic bottles, aluminum cans and cardboard.

My wife and I barely fill a quarter of our trash bin each week, but our recycling container is always overflowing.

A little bit of common sense and environmental awareness would help us take a burden off of our already overflowing landfills.

Robert Yost

Charlotte


Naming Meck courthouse after Chambers is right thing to do

The writer is a past president of the Mecklenburg County Bar.

Mecklenburg County has a unique opportunity to honor one its finest citizens and public servants, Julius Chambers, by naming the county courthouse in his memory.

Chambers was a lawyer in the highest tradition of the profession and he impacted all of America with his excellent legal work in bringing justice and equality to all citizens.

Let us seize this opportunity to recognize his powerful contributions to our community, state and nation.

Pender McElroy

Charlotte


In response to “House to vote on plan that defunds Obamacare” (Sept. 19) and related articles:

Push to defund Obamacare may be thing that sinks GOP

I find it ironic that the tea party House Republicans are threatening to shut down the government and not raise the debt ceiling unless Obamacare is defunded.

Obamacare is Romneycare and almost all the ideas in the plan were initially Republican ideas.

This might just be the last gasp of air from the Grand Old Party.

Laura Reich

Matthews

GOP is willing to negotiate;

it’s the president who is not

House Republicans want to fully fund every area of the government and delay the Affordable Care Act in order to clear up all the problems infested in this “Democrat only” piece of legislation.

Republicans are also willing to raise the debt ceiling if President Obama will go along with responsible spending cuts.

Folks, when you are $17 trillion in debt, you curtail spending and at least get the debt down to a manageable level.

Jerry K. Sammons

Unionville


In response to “Starbucks will no longer welcome customers’ guns” (Sept. 19 Business):

Starbucks push to keep guns away won’t stop criminals

Note to Starbucks: Sometimes criminals don’t follow the rules.

Just trying to help.

David Cabaniss

Charlotte


In response to “McCrory opposes Catawba bid to build casino” (Sept. 14) and related articles:

I can give governor millions of reasons to build that casino

In addressing the issue of a new casino near Kings Mountain, Gov. Pat McCrory said, “I’ve seen no argument to justify it whatsoever.”

Perhaps the governor should consider the following:

The casino will provide 4,000 permanent jobs to an area that needs them; it’ll provide thousands of jobs during construction; and there will be many more jobs as restaurants and other hotels are built nearby.

This all means thousands more will no longer be unemployed and will be paying payroll taxes, federal and local.

Need more reasons, governor?

Consider the hundreds of millions in revenues that will be collected by the state, and the hundreds of millions of dollars that will be spent here rather than in Las Vegas, Atlantic City or Biloxi.

Joseph Pepe

Charlotte


In response to “Political climate will drive some of Meck’s 1 million out of N.C.” (Sept. 15):

Charlotte progressive enough for those clamoring to come

Forum writer David Piendel predicts the Charlotte area population will decrease over the next 10 years due to social backwardness. I beg to differ.

The area’s population will continue to grow because it is an attractive place for a variety of people, but not all. There are some, like me, who’ve already moved out, but we are a small percentage compared to those who desire what Charlotte offers.

For a majority, Charlotte is progressive enough while maintaining enough sense of self not to drive everyone out who has lived there for 40 years or more.

Perhaps Mr. Piendel should move to where he finds things more attractive. I can assure him, the home he leaves won’t sit empty long.

Lewis Guignard

Crouse


Teaching kids to think no longer commonplace and that’s sad

I read Kay McSpadden’s latest column “Teachers help students think” (Sept. 14) with mixed feelings.

Yes, it was uplifting to see a teacher helping her students to think instead of just providing information.

However, I was sad because it should not be news, it should be so commonplace that anything other than helping students to think would be the topic of discussion.

Tom Rafferty

Charlotte

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