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In response to “Tarte: Review contract for tolls” (June 25) and related articles:

There are no ‘free’ lanes; the taxpayers built all the lanes

I’m absolutely stunned by N.C. Rep. Bill Brawley’s “let them eat cake” response to toll road critics – “If you don’t want to drive on the tollway, don’t. There will still be free lanes next to it.”

He needs to be reminded that there are no “free lanes.”

We’ve paid for them with our taxes – and, even if we don’t drive on those tollways, we’ll still be paying anywhere from an additional $88 to $163 million in taxpayer money to a foreign company for the “privilege” of having them.

That’s expensive cake, Bill.

Wayne Powers

Charlotte

Ouch! $21 toll will take a bite out of seniors’ pocketbooks

A proposed $21 toll to travel round trip from Mooresville to Charlotte on I-77? Outrageous!

We seniors, who must see doctors and conduct business in Charlotte, will have to break into Fort Knox if this becomes reality and we get on that highway regularly.

A toll that expensive shows total disregard by the state legislature and N.C. Department of Transportation for citizens in this area.

Tom Higgins

Mooresville

Toll plan is logical, will ease traffic; no need to get riled up

I fail to understand the outcry over the proposed toll lanes. After all, use of these lanes would be voluntary.

I drive this way a couple of times per month and understand the need for additional lanes, but not to speed or drive recklessly.

The plan seems logical and would provide great benefit to the congested traffic.

Richard Johnson

Rock Hill


In response to “Duke plans solar project” (June 24):

Irks me that Duke burns coal at home, but sells solar to D.C.

Does it rankle anyone else that our public power utility is building a solar farm in North Carolina that will sell its power in Washington, D.C.?

Meanwhile, they continue the filthy, dangerous practice of burning coal at home!

Is there any better proof that the N.C. utility structure is an archaic anachronism in need of vast simplification and common sense restructure?

Harry Taylor

Charlotte


In response to “Schools explore ID rules change” (June 22):

Undocumented parents trying to help at school get my praise

Wow! These undocumented parents who are trying to find ways to work with their children in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools show such courage and commitment.

By identifying themselves publicly they are placing themselves at risk for deportation and may be inadvertently helping immigration officials who face a quota.

Such quotas waste scarce government resources, tear apart families and communities, and frighten parents who want to be involved in their child’s education.

Immigration quotas need to be stopped in the June House of Representatives 2015 appropriations bill.

Denny Fernald

Charlotte


My computer crashed and I retrieved data. Why can’t IRS?

Lois Lerner’s computer crashed and all the king’s horses couldn’t recover her email traffic in the ensuing three years.

I had a computer crash. Took the hard drive to “a computer guy,” and two days later all data was returned on disc. The hard drive was working again – all for $18.

I suspect the three-year interval following Ms. Lerner’s “crash” was to ensure the data would never be retrieved.

Tony Capranica

Stanley, N.C.


In response to “Obama says US should have paid maternity leave” (June 23 CharlotteObserver.com):

Levy tax on businesses to fund paid maternity leave for all

If the government can impose a tax on people who don’t obtain health insurance it can levy a tax on businesses to fund paid maternity leave because it’s a health issue.

Oneal R. Wallace

Charlotte


Washington Redskins name is offensive on so many levels

I totally agree the name of the NFL team – Washington Redskins – is offensive and should be changed.

It represents a group of people who are self-serving, confused and a disgrace to the United States of America. They should remove the “Washington” from the name, it is embarrassing.

Bert Hesse

Charlotte

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