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In response to “Price for rail line rises by $215M” (June 27):

Can’t trust cost estimates for ‘toy trains’ like Red Line

Gee whiz! What a shocker, it’s not like this has ever happened before...

Oh it has! The rail boondoggle down South Boulevard was supposed to cost roughly $221 million but ended up being about $462 million.

When will we learn that the local politicians are either incompetent or not telling the truth when it comes to their little toy train projects?

Stevan Baker

Charlotte


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

Toll road profits should remain here, not go outside country

In the past, toll roads were about construction kickbacks and patronage jobs. Now, we sell the roads to a foreign “for profit” corporation where the profits leave the country.

I guess this means no patronage jobs either.

We need to elect some “thinkers.” The current group cannot see past the next campaign contribution.

Gerry Mele

Stanley, N.C.


In response to “City ID card has mayor’s backing” (June 27):

Illegal immigrants should not be allowed city ID card

So our new mayor wants to help undocumented immigrants get a city ID?

First, they’re not undocumented; they’re illegal since they entered the country illegally.

And is there such a thing as “minor traffic stops” when you’re not entitled to drive to begin with?

Assuming this idiotic idea comes to fruition, how is their identity going to be verified? And how much is all this going to cost taxpayers?

Looks like Mayor Dan Clodfelter may not be the brightest bunny in the forest.

Mario Moreno

Charlotte


In response to “N.C. House blocks names on charter pay” (June 27):

Hold charter schools to same standards as public schools

If charter schools want public money, they should have the same accountability standards – teacher pay, student achievement, teacher credentials, etc. – as public schools.

Different accountability standards unfairly suggest charters have inadequacies they are trying to hide.

Mike Frye

Hickory


In response to “Reading camp is ticket to promotion” (June 27):

To teach kids to read, go back to basics; it worked in my day

I and 39 other first grade kids in my class learned to read in elementary school. What’s different today?

Back to the basics. If they’re not teaching reading, what are teachers doing? They get paid to teach kids how to read!

Virginia Klinkman

Charlotte


$15 minimum wage pushed by Democrats is over the top

The Democrats are telling us that $15 per hour is a “liveable wage” even the lowest paid workers should receive.

Now compare that to Social Security. All our working lives we pay a tax so we can retire and live “comfortably.”

If it takes $15 an hour for people to “live,” why do those living on Social Security receive on average less than $10 per hour?

Those on Social Security invested their money expecting a return. An employer invests to receive a value from the person being paid.

Something is fishy here and I think it is the lies coming from the party of food stamps and corruption.

John E. Lane

Charlotte


Lack of mainstream coverage on IRS feeds conservative spin

The liberal media – the New York Times, MSNBC, etc. – are obviously trying to damage Obama’s presidency by intentionally failing to investigate or report extensively on the IRS targeting scandal.

This lack of liberal coverage has allowed conservatives to present facts unchallenged by liberal spin; always a problem for the Obama administration.

Tim Dautel

Charlotte


In response to “Black voters give Cochran edge in Mississippi runoff” (June 26):

Sad that ‘win at all costs’ is now how politics is played

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s use of liberal Democrat voters to win a Republican primary in Mississippi shows that politics has become a game of winning at all costs.

It is no longer about doing what is best for our country.

Tripp Cherry

Matthews

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