In response to “8th-grader has no home, but he has help … for now” (Jan. 27):
How much did King's ‘package' take from kids such as Kenya?
As a mother of a 14-year-old, I was impressed with Kenya McCormick's dedication to getting a good education. Since Communities In Schools is a United Way agency, does that mean students like Kenya have been short-changed in the past year, with United Way ex-CEO Gloria Pace King's extravagant “package”? With her membership at The Point Lake and Golf Club and two Carolina Panthers season tickets, did the United Way have less money to help students like Kenya? Let's not punish the Communities In Schools program because of United Way's lack of oversight.
In response to “Seven steps the 2009 assembly must take” (Jan. 28 editorial):
Why raise cigarette tax? Do you have a problem with low taxes?
As a matter of budget policy, why would you rely on a (very regressive) cigarette tax hike that would create a declining revenue stream? Once that $200 million raised from cigarette taxes is budgeted, where will the money come from as fewer people smoke? And why is it a bad thing to have one of the lowest of any kind of tax in the nation?
‘Nobody' wants higher taxes – except Observer editorials
Several times recently, including Jan. 28, I've read these words in an Observer opinion piece: “Nobody wants higher taxes.” I've lived in Charlotte for more than 31 years and I never remember your paper taking a position against any tax increase – local, state or federal. You certainly weren't in these recent pieces.
Does this mean you are “nobody”?
Thomas F. Cochran Sr.
FDR is no model; look at
the burdens he left behind
In this tumultuous time it is imperative that our elected leaders represent not only citizens and taxpayers, but also the spirit of freedom and liberty upon which our country was founded. Remember why the colonies revolted against England – oppressive taxation and government intrusion. Focus should not be on Rush Limbaugh's influence or President Obama's visit to both chambers, but to the ineffectiveness and unconstitutionality of this stimulus package.
Once again, both parties are inducing panic, emphasizing that “we must act now.” This bill is over 650 pages long already.
FDR enacted similar big government “solutions” and succeeded only in extending the Depression and the scope of government through massive entitlements that still burden us today.
In response to “Commercial boom has run into a wall” (Jan. 28):
You think it's news that boom went bust? Wake up, Observer
Doug Smith must have been sleeping for the past six months. Everyone in our business has known that the commercial boom ran into a wall six months ago. Once again, the Charlotte Observer is late in reporting the news. The Next Big Thing should be for the Observer to upgrade its business reporting to keep up with the competition.
It's no outrage that Panthers want money they're owed
The Carolina Panthers' PSL policy of requiring the seat owner to buy all tickets, including the playoffs, was clearly explained to me when I bought mine in 1996. In 2001, I sold my seat license, because I could not afford to attend every home game.
Just because times are tough, why should any company be expected to not collect money the purchaser is contractually obligated to pay?
It does not matter how rich Jerry Richardson is. When did it become the Carolina Panthers' responsibility to help you pay your bills?
R. Andrew Woodruff
In response to “Obama's abortion decision at odds with ‘our values'” (Jan. 27 Forum):
For majority in U.S., ‘our values' means being pro-choice
President Obama's decision to lift the ban on giving our tax dollars to international groups that perform abortions is a move of caring and responsibility. It also reflects our nation's values, since a majority of Americans are pro-choice.
In response to “CMS, we want to volunteer; you're not helping us do so” (Jan. 28 Forum):
I, too, got cold shoulder when
I tried to volunteer in schools
I can well sympathize with Sandra Broske. Some time ago I responded to appeals for volunteers at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. I'm retired, with B.S. and Ph.D. degrees and can mentor in math and science. I passed all security checks but was getting nowhere so I wrote to CMS Superintendent Peter Gorman. After some further prodding I was contacted by one of his senior assistants who arranged for me to meet with a principal of a middle school in south Charlotte. I was assured I would be most welcome there and would be contacted to work out the details.
Nothing ever came of it, in spite of me getting back to the principal more than once. Appealing for volunteers sounds good, but in reality there seems to be little interest.
In response to “Obama: Our era's Reagan?” (Jan. 28 Viewpoint):
William Kristol, why wish Reagan's failures on Obama?
Mr. Kristol, let us hope Obama in no way resembles Reagan, statistically the sixth most popular president since World War II. Ronnie took a national budget and ballooned it to record deficits, then presided over four years of economic stagnation in which his stimulus package assured the upper 1 percent of wage earners the lion's share of the bailout funds and tax cuts he rammed through Congress (deja vu vu vu?) I feel your revisionist bushwah trickling down on my head.
Fort Mill, S.C.
In mourning John Updike, don't neglect ‘Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu'
Your listing of the work of John Updike in your otherwise very nice article on his passing was marred by one glaring omission, at least from the perspective of a devoted baseball fan. Red Sox Nation and all lovers of the sport should treat themselves to Updike's “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu,” the story of Ted Williams' last Major League game and a real joy to read.
Want to save state dollars? Get heavy trucks off most roads
A typical fully loaded semi-truck that weighs 80,000 pounds causes the wear of 10,000 autos.
This N.C. legislature could save the state millions on road maintenance by designating specific roads for heavy trucks as truck routes, and banning heavy trucks from the rest of the state's roads except for local delivery.
All that is required is common sense, and no interference from lobbyists or special interest groups.
I propose this as a motto
for our era: ‘Because I can'
I'd like to tip my hat to the Buzzer who wrote they own a Hummer “because I can.” I believe this will be the catch-phrase remembered for this decade, much as “Greed is Good” was in the 1980's.
Why did I give bonuses to people who ran the company into the ground and while receiving public money? “Because I can.” Why did I buy a house I couldn't afford? “Because I can.” Thank you for defining in a simple slogan the underlying cause of most of today's ills.
John M. Grosvenor