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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Charlotte companies adding jobs – to S.C.” (June 17):

Way to go Gov. Haley; it’s all about putting people to work

It is heartening to know that we South Carolinians have a governor who understands that the only true road to economic recovery and growth is through jobs. Put people to work.

Well done, Nikki.

John Petrie

Fort Mill, S.C.

Mecklenburg talks tax hike while S.C. rakes in the jobs

Two articles in Tuesday’s Observer:

1.) Mecklenburg County loses thousands of jobs to S.C. 2.) Mecklenburg County considers raising taxes, yet again.

Connect the dots.

Philip M. Van Hoy

Charlotte


In response to “No love lost for WBT, says departing Krantz” (June 14):

Tara Servatius is a gutsy, fair journalist; I know, I’m her dad

An open letter to Brad Krantz:

My comments relate only to my daughter, Tara Servatius.

I am one of those “too old and too white” who appreciate intelligent, honest, well researched journalism.

She is one of those few journalists who has the guts to provide us with accurate news and the truth and possibly pay the price. She is a journalist who will fairly attack a Republican or a Democrat. She will take personal risk and go to bat for the underdog.

If that is what you call a “right wing sewer,” then I am part of it and proud to be her father.

Robert Servatius

Matthews


In response to “GOP lottery plan takes cash from those who cannot afford it” (June 16 Forum):

Everybody who buys a lottery ticket contributes to system

No one forces “those who cannot afford it” to buy lottery tickets. Some of “those” people pay no federal income tax and/or collect any number of government subsidies, and/or work for cash, and/or are excused from paying their share of taxes for teacher’s salaries and other government expenses by “earned income credit.”

So when they buy tickets at least “they” are paying something into the system. Even if only for a dream...

Hank Cowell

Chapel Hill


In response to “Starbucks strikes deal to earn college degree” (June 17):

Wish more business owners were like CEO of Starbucks

If only more business owners would show concern for their workers and the fate of our economy.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has thought of the good of America, in stark contrast to most large company owners.

My sincere appreciation.

Marleen Alexander

Charlotte


In response to For the Record “Save N.C. historic preservation tax credits” (June 17 Opinion):

Historic preservation creates jobs, spurs development

The writer is director of The Charlotte Museum of History.

In addition to providing affordable space for businesses and homes, adaptive reuse of historic buildings provides a tangible connection to our region’s history and contributes to quality of life for residents.

The Charlotte Folk Society produces high quality musical gatherings in The Great Aunt Stella Center. The historic South End is home to a trendy farmer’s market and Food Truck Fridays.

The Charlotte Museum of History encourages everyone to contact N.C. lawmakers and voice support for Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposed Historic Rehabilitation Investment Program. Keep our history alive!

Kay C. Peninger

Charlotte


In response to “ ‘None of your business’ on gay marriage question” (June 17 Viewpoint):

How a candidate feels about his constituency matters a lot

If a candidate thought that the world is really only 6,000 years old, that would tell me plenty.

If they are against gay marriage, that tells me even more.

These are pertinent and important bits of information that an informed voter needs to know in order to make the correct vote – not some childish, head in the sand, throwaway inquiry of no importance.

Gregory T. London

Salisbury


U.S. should stick with bilateral agreement, stay out of Iraq

All American military forces were mandated to withdraw from Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011, under the terms of a bilateral agreement signed in 2008 by the Bush administration. The last troops left Iraq on Dec. 18, 2011.

Shiites and Sunnis have been at war for 700 years! We never should have gone in – now let’s stay out!

Mala Reynolds

Charlotte

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