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No justification for city-issued ID card for illegal immigrants

I am shocked that our new mayor would support the issuance of a city ID card for illegal immigrants.

It is not difficult to see what the refusal of our government to secure our borders has done and continues to do to our country.

By issuing such a card Charlotte touts itself to illegal immigrants as a sanctuary and suggests we have open arms.

Our country is reeling from the onslaught of illegal immigrants, and our own citizens in need continue to suffer.

Where is the outcry, the voice of the people who should say “enough is enough”?

Frank Harrington

Charlotte


Repress the hard-hearted approach; these are children

On a recent TV news program, a no-nonsense looking Texan in a white cowboy hat was somewhat apologetically showing a reporter the watering stations he provides in the back country of his borderland ranch.

“I am not aiding and abetting,” he said; “I am just trying to save a few lives.” Thank you, Texan.

The story reported on the dead children being body bagged in the unforgiving environment of the South Texas border.

Surely “suffer the little children to come unto me” was not a call to turn our backs on children dying of thirst in the wilderness. Have we become so hard-hearted that we are unmoved by dead and dying children, whatever the merits of the immigration debate?

Edward T. Hinson Jr.

Charlotte

In response to “Bikeway may cross county” (July 8):

Why not a bicycle license fee to help fund these lanes?

I just finished reading the City of Charlotte Bicycle Plan.

The one thing I didn’t see is the participation of cyclists in helping to pay for bicycle lanes.

Automobiles require a license, motorcycles require a license, why not bicycles?

Granted such a fee wouldn’t generate all the funding needed for bicycle lanes, but it couldn’t hurt! And it would give cyclists some ownership instead of a free ride – no pun intended.

Harvey Cohen

Charlotte

Skip the bike path, just turn over the roads to cyclists

Rather than build that $55 million bike path, why not just turn over our existing streets/highways to the cyclists?

It would save a lot of money – and they act as if they own the roads anyway!

David Hines

Charlotte


In response to “U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins’ winding route to public service” (July 6):

Cannon, other elites should be forced to take that ‘perp walk’

The writer teaches “White-Collar Crime” at UNCC.

Subjecting elites such as Patrick Cannon to a “perp walk” – like a common street criminal – is exactly what is needed.

It helps deprive them of the very powerful tool of rationalizing that they really didn’t do anything wrong.

From corrupt Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich to insider trader Martha Stewart, elites often portray themselves as the victims.

The DOJ should consider opening a “Department of Public Shaming” to ensure that corrupt elites are called out. We deserve nothing less.

Robert F. Salvia

Charlotte


In response to “Down with the old, up with new and big” (July 6):

Too many Plaza Midwood homes are being torn down

For a developer to say “We are not tearing down the cute house on the street” is an outright lie because I’ve seen a number of truly charming, original homes here bite the dust.

It’s sickening to see Plaza Midwood being eaten away by greedy developers who don’t care one iota about our neighborhood.

If they did they wouldn’t be replacing our unique homes with bloated, cookie-cutter houses. They would be building one-of-a-kind homes in scale with the original neighborhood design.

Terri Lynch

Charlotte


In response to “Art Pope draws scrutiny as N.C. budget director” (July 7):

Pope has given N.C. a budget its citizens can be proud of

This latest attack on Art Pope’s track record as budget director is too ridiculous not to be addressed. This man, along with other conservatives statewide, has done a remarkable job of removing layers of waste Democrats tacked on. They’ve finally given North Carolina a budget we can be proud of and use to better our state.

Trigg Cherry

Charlotte

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