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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “McCrory balked at casino plan” (Jan. 12):

Gov. McCrory, please latch on to those casino revenues

Gov. Pat McCrory, you have the opportunity to approve a plan in which North Carolina could gain millions as its portion of casino revenues.

The plan would also decrease unemployment. Yet, there is a possibility you won’t support a compact with the Catawba Indians, who will still be allowed to carry out the project with federal approval.

If they can proceed as planned, why not gain something for North Carolina that could help education, employment and related sectors of government spending?

No brainier, or no brains?

Joseph Labruzzo

Charlotte


In response to “Mayor Cannon’s so-called scandal points to a bigger one” (Jan. 14 Forum):

Cannon should have found city tax code easy to crack; I did

Recently I looked online for the city requirements for business taxes for an enterprise I plan to start in Charlotte.

I found the tax code neither confusing nor unclear, though I did have one question that the tax office quickly answered when I telephoned.

As a longtime Charlotte businessman, I wonder why Mayor Patrick Cannon did not perform the same due diligence with his businesses?

Steve Jones

Charlotte


In response to “So glad my kids, grandkids were not educated in N.C.” (Jan. 13 Forum):

Takes higher taxes to fund those ‘superior’ schools

Are there any other native North Carolinians out there sick of people moving to our beautiful state and then trashing it?

Forum writer David Piendel is more than welcome to move back near his grandchildren in their highly ranked school districts, where he can support the teachers unions and pay the exorbitant school taxes.

Or maybe he moved here to get away from the high taxes.

Cathy Miller

Concord

Education landscape is shifting nationwide, not just in N.C.

The entire education landscape is changing in all states.

If Mr. Piendel wants to complain about education in North Carolina he has that right, but why not use his wealth of education and wisdom and volunteer in the schools?

Don’t take a wide brush at politicians when many people, including the parents or guardians of some children, don’t help the teachers and staff in the child’s education.

Sadly, the blame can be shared by too many in all states.

Gene Fitzpatrick

Charlotte


In response to “DHHS leaders to face lawmakers” (Jan. 14) and related articles:

McCrory, Wos must step up, accept blame for DHHS woes

The woes of Aldona Wos at the DHHS continue. But according to Gov. McCrory’s rationale it’s not her fault or that of his administration.

It goes back at least 10 years to the Democrats.

Using that rationale, it may go as far back as the founding fathers. In fact, these troubles could go as far back as King George, who realized that colonization would be troublesome.

Let’s point the finger where it really belongs – inward!

Harvey Cohen

Charlotte


Here’s hoping Kerry learned some lessons from Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon, a tough pragmatist, knew that he always had to have one hand extended in friendship while the other was clinched for defense.

Like his predecessors, as well as his successors, Sharon felt that Israel had every right to exist. But he also knew that war would never accomplish that goal.

I hope and pray that John Kerry’s negotiations to end Iran’s nuclear program and create peace in the Middle East shall prevail and, like Sharon, Israeli fists can finally be unclenched.

Barry Marshall

Charlotte


In response to “Collecting phone data of teens, senior citizens benefits no one” (Jan. 10 Forum):

NSA data collection could

save lives in the future

The NSA collects all data for this simple reason – we may need it in the future.

Example: The CIA has homed in on a terrorist and we now have his phone number and know who he has contacted in the recent past.

The NSA doesn’t care about little Susie’s or Grandma’s metadata unless al Qaeda has been calling, emailing or texting them. Then and only then does the NSA even look at the number.

FYI to all: Private industry has been saving your data for years!

Jeff D. Williams

Charlotte


Mafia-themed political cartoon insulted all Italian Americans

The writer is president of the Italian Heritage Society of Charlotte.

Your printing of Mike Luckovich’s cartoon depicting Gov. Chris Christie as a Mafia chieftain perpetuates the myth that those of us whose ancestors came from Italy are somehow “connected” to the underworld.

What Christie did is fodder for the media, so do your investigation. But don’t bring down a large group of hard-working people who continue to fight the stigma placed upon us by a politically correct media.

If Gov. Christie were of Jewish, Hispanic, Muslim or any other group would political cartoons reflect the negative aspects of their history? I think not.

Anthony Cicchetti

Charlotte

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