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I judge McCrory by the company he keeps: ALEC

While Gov. Pat McCrory is not a member of ALEC, he’ll be a keynote speaker at the July 30 annual meeting in Dallas.

ALEC legislation and those with ALEC ties, such as Art Pope, Thom Tillis, etc. have had such a negative impact on North Carolina.

Why does our governor take time from his duties to deliver a major speech at ALEC’s meeting? Why are we losing teachers and jobs to South Carolina?

Ask the governor. He keeps signing the bills our ALEC legislature delivers to him.

Ron Rabatsky

Waxhaw


Soccer headline about ‘hate’ for Belgium was tasteless

The headline “Finding Hate for Belgium” (July 1 Sports) ranks among the most tasteless I’ve ever encountered in the Observer. If it was meant to be funny, it missed the mark badly.

You do your writers a disservice. I often read Tom Sorensen, Scott Fowler, et al, but Tuesday’s Section B went straight to recycling.

Charles B. Williams

Charlotte


In response to “Use high-capacity buses like London; rail too costly” (July 1 Forum):

Those bus lanes in London were not built for free

Without its subway or rail lines to exurbs and airports, mass transit in London would be an absolute nightmare if it only relied on buses.

Not to mention that the buses use priority lanes to speed their travel, which would require a complete redesign of Charlotte’s roads, requiring large expenditures – which is what Forum writer Joe Spencer seems to be complaining about.

The answer is for a mixed system, and the willingness to spend money to do it right so the community sees a positive multiplier effect.

Pete Betz

Charlotte

Emulate London? Don’t forget those pricey congestion fees

London has imposed a congestion charge for driving into the city, currently 11.50 pounds ($20) per day. Fines for noncompliance can go up to 195 pounds ($335).

If Mr. Spencer is suggesting Charlotte emulate London in mass transit, I am in favor.

There would at least be rail service to the airport.

Mark Smith

Charlotte


Court’s ruling in Hobby Lobby case didn’t go far enough

Rather than allow a business to deny employee benefits solely on religious grounds, a business should be able to decide for itself what benefits to provide for any reason, without government interference.

It’s appropriate that this Supreme Court decision occurred as Independence Day approaches to remind us that the reason we declared our independence from Britain was to enjoy our God-given freedoms – not be shackled by a government ruling over our lives.

Stephen V. Gilmore

Charlotte

Court has opened a Pandora’s box on health coverage

I hope I never have to work for a company owned by Christian Scientists because vaccinations not required by law might not be covered.

A company owned by Scientologists might not cover antidepressants.

A company owned by Jehovah’s Witnesses might not cover blood transfusions.

The Supreme Court has opened a Pandora’s Box.

Narisse A. Bravard

Rutherford College


I’m a native and N.C. values Tillis ad touts aren’t mine

In his latest email ad U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis asks people to “Stand with him for North Carolina values.”

Mr. Tillis and the Republican majority in the N.C. legislature have caused huge hurt and loss to the people by catering to the poultry industry.

Poultry houses in residential areas cause odor and pollution. When my community complained, instead of coming to our aid, the legislature sought to restrict the only defense we had – the nuisance lawsuit.

Ruining the very air that we breathe is not an N.C. value that I support!

Martha Wycoff

Hildebran


In response to “Obama warns of terror risks” (June 30):

I want more than speeches from the president on Iraq

It appears by all reports that Iraq is lost.

There is a distinct possibility that the Arab terrorist movement is about to spread worldwide.

But all is not lost. Never fear, our leader is facing these problems with his usual steadfast and forthwith courageous action. He’ll give a speech!

Dick Napier

Hickory

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