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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Sunday’s top highlight: Jesse McGuire’s inspiring trumpet!

Thank you, Panthers, for an exciting season. Sunday’s game produced at least one stellar highlight: Jesse McGuire’s trumpet rendition of our national anthem was one of the most stirring I have ever heard. The NFL should have him reprise it at this year’s Super Bowl. It was outstanding and certainly preferable to so many celebrity performances which so often seem to include bizarre gyrations and sounds akin to a chicken being strangled.

John B. Sharp

Cornelius

Thank you, Richardsons and others, for exhilarating season

Having been involved in sports for decades in Charlotte, I can safely say that this year every Panther fan witnessed an exhilarating season of exciting moments, great memories and building expectations for seasons to come. Thanks go out to the players, the coaches, the staff and many, many more for treating us to such a great season. And to Mr. and Mrs. Richardson and the other partners who have worked tirelessly to give us the “product” we saw on the field, thank you!

Jeff Beaver

Charlotte


In response to “Cannon says parking firm will correct its tax errors” (Jan. 13):

Mayor Cannon’s so-called scandal points to a bigger one

The real parking scandal is that the tax code is so confusing a reasonable businessman can’t figure out if his company has paid the proper amount of “privilege” (don’t get me started) tax to operate within the law. The fact that neither the company nor the city can say with any certainty that EZ Parking has paid the correct dollar amount of taxes on the correct number of locations, without further investigation, says more about our governance than our commerce.

Bob Buch

Concord


If we can afford $87 million for team, we can help homeless

Sitting in my warm, cozy two-story brick home reading Sunday’s Observer about the Panthers’ success, then turning my attention to the story about the overcrowded Salvation Army Women’s Shelter, reiterated how fortunate I am. The problem is, I don’t think our city leaders realize how fortunate they are. They have committed millions to renovate “Riverboat Ron’s” place of business. That will prove beneficial to the city, but don’t homeless women with young children deserve a warm bed? If the city’s leaders and the Panthers organization really want to prove their commitment to the community, they should step up and help the homeless children.

Calvin M. Wright

Charlotte


In response to “Let’s pass on the Monroe Bypass” (Jan. 12 Viewpoint):

Monroe Bypass could connect our region to I-74 and the coast

U.S. 74 is a critical east-west highway that connects our state’s largest city to its largest port. Instead of calling for the Monroe Bypass to be stopped, as Lynda Paxton did, she should lead a discussion on how to extend the freeway across eastern Union and Anson counties, with bypasses of Marshville and Wadesboro. This approach would improve mobility across the entire southern Piedmont, most significantly by connecting our region to the Interstate 74 corridor taking shape between Rockingham and the coast.

Tracy M. Hamm

Charlotte


In response to “Charge against Boone hotel exec seems a gross overreach” (Jan. 12 Forum):

Insurance covers Boone hotel tragedies? Not so fast

I don’t know Sydney A. Odell, nor do I wish to live in any world he might envision. For him to assert that Best Western has insurance enough to “cover” the tragic events in Boone belies a callous disregard for the value of a single human life, much less three. No amount of money will compensate the loved ones of the victims.

That criminal negligence resulted in this tragedy is clear. Such negligence must not go unpunished. Indeed the reach to hold those responsible should at least extend to those who installed the equipment, those who failed to properly inspect that equipment, and those who failed to make timely determination of the cause of death of the initial victims.

Had any of these discharged their duties properly, at least the latter tragedy would have been avoided.

Will Graves

Charlotte


Who do you think brought

N.C. education to this point?

In response to recent forum writers stating that N.C. education will not improve under GOP leadership and how N.C. politicians have driven education to the bottom 5 percent in “key educational indicators,” let us remind ourselves that the Democratic politicians in the N.C. House and Senate until 2010 controlled Raleigh for most of the past 100 years.

The current N.C educational “deficiencies” have occurred with their policies. Thus, regardless of one’s political party allegiance, it makes common sense to let the “other” party try their ideas.

Tom Kueser

Charlotte

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