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Raise taxes on big business rather than cut food stamps

Every other week stocks are hitting record highs, companies are posting tens of millions in profits, and housing is going up!

This proves that instead of cutting food stamps from hungry and poor children, we should raise taxes on big businesses.

Shame on anyone who supports food stamp cuts!

Buddy Lemmons

Charlotte


In response to N.C. Opinions: Greensboro “McCrory right to selectively enforce new regulations” (Sept. 23 Opinion):

Nothing wrong with way McCrory handled reform bill

After reading this article, “McCrory enhances new regulations” would seem to be a better headline.

The Observer’s choice of “selectively enforce” throws an immediate bias into the article.

Is not Gov. Pat McCrory doing exactly the same with the regulatory reform bill as President Obama has done – several times – as Obamacare moves closer to implementation and special interest groups complained?

Coy Powell

Charlotte


In response to “Want real expertise at DHHS? Then be willing to pay for it” (Sept. 24 Forum):

Inexperienced campaign groupies don’t deserve high pay

After mere months on the job, no multi-billion-dollar company would give 35 percent raises to people in their mid-20s who had no relevant experience.

Had these kids worked in any sort of health policy, or even business administration, for just one year this would be easier to stomach.

Were they long-time Carolinas HealthCare, Novant or Blue Cross employees, it would be tough to argue against an $87,500 salary.

But for campaign groupies?

Gov. McCrory couldn’t even keep a promise of a business-savvy approach to government. That’s why people are losing respect not just for him but for this state.

Sam Perkins

Charlotte


Dems will suffer in 2014 if no compromise on Obamacare

This time Democrats in Washington may have miscalculated what the American public wants.

Democrats, including President Obama, have indicated they are not willing to negotiate at all on Obamacare.

Presumably this means they will not even consider postponing implementation of certain parts of the law, a compromise that a majority of Republicans in the House might accept.

If Obama and the Democrats refuse to even try to negotiate a compromise, it may lead to a voter backlash in the 2014 elections.

Craig A. Reutlinger

Charlotte


In response to “Shootings return spotlight to CMPD” (Sept. 22):

Let’s not crucify Kerrick; he deserves compassion too

I feel badly for Jonathan Ferrell’s family and I understand they are devastated by their loss, but Officer Randall Kerrick and his family are suffering too.

He comes from a family devoted to public service and he has been a good cop for three years.

He did not set out that day to kill an unarmed man. He responded to a woman’s cry for help.

Officers had no way of knowing if Ferrell had a gun or knife behind his back or if he was trying to attack them.

Kerrick was trying to protect himself and others.

In hindsight, did he overreact? Probably. Does he deserve to be crucified? I think not.

Deborah Beck

Iron Station

In response to “Personal use of hospital’s planes draws ire of critics” (Sept. 22):

Time for state to investigate actions of Carolinas HealthCare

It is way past time for the state to step in with regard to Carolinas HealthCare CEO Michael Tarwater.

He and his executive staff are living extremely large off public tax dollars while enjoying nonprofit status.

How is it a fleet of airplanes is made available for all types of private trips? He can buy a ticket.

The system has billions in reserve and he’s paid an obscene salary, but we are still carrying his bags. Anyone who says Carolinas HealthCare System isn’t broken is caving to tolerance and political favors.

Floyd Prophet

Kannapolis


In response to “UNCC to build archive of city’s LGBT history” (Sept. 23):

Archive a testament to gay community’s contributions

Kudos to professor Joshua Burford for recognizing the need to preserve the history that belongs to the gay community in Charlotte.

I’m sure there are many who do not want these archives to become a reality.

Discrimination is horrible. It hurts innocent people. That’s all the more reason why this is a truly significant acknowledgment of what the gay community has fought for, has yet to fight for, and for its many contributions to this growing city.

Lorraine Stark

Matthews


In response to “Pope’s blunt remarks pose challenge for U.S. bishops” (Sept. 22):

I hear echoes of Jesus in recent remarks made by Pope Francis

Wow – the pope sounds like he’s as big a liberal as Jesus is. If voters actually start reading the Bible, Republicans are going to be in big trouble!

William D. Charnock

Charlotte

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