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.
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.
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.
GOP is willing to negotiate;
its 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
In response to Starbucks will no longer welcome customers guns (Sept. 19 Business):
Starbucks push to keep guns away wont stop criminals
Note to Starbucks: Sometimes criminals dont follow the rules.
Just trying to help.
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, Ive 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; itll 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.
In response to Political climate will drive some of Mecks 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 areas population will continue to grow because it is an attractive place for a variety of people, but not all. There are some, like me, whove 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 wont sit empty long.
Teaching kids to think no longer commonplace and thats sad
I read Kay McSpaddens 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.
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