In response to “Hendrick, Easley gain from close ties” (March 29):
Hendrick, Easley victims
of latest Observer vendetta
First it was the banks. Now the Observer is trying to run NASCAR out of town.
I worked in the auto industry for years, and dealers have always given cars to people. It might've helped your story if Mr. Easley's son were driving a new Corvette – not a 2000 Yukon!
Hendrick, Easley link:
Where's smoking gun?
“Hendrick, Easley gain from close ties”? So what's your point?
E. Lonnie Hooks
View from Hendrick employee:
Ask around – he doesn't cheat
To imply Rick Hendrick does things for people to receive special treatment is as false as can be. He is not someone who violates ethics rules for personal gain.
Ask my fellow Hendrick employees – or the banking community – about his honesty.
Dealing in influence isn't
new behavior for Hendrick
Hendrick made his millions on the backs of other dealers by influencing Honda to give him more cars. The charges were so serious he could've received a long prison term, but he got sick right before trial.
Tax breaks on fuel for NASCAR zillionaires? Good job, Rick, you haven't lost your touch!
John B. Hallman
Few taxpayers benefit
from jet fuel tax break
The Easleys certainly seem to have taken advantage of their friendship with Rick Hendrick at the expense of N.C. taxpayers.
Can anyone identify a single initiative by the former governor that improved our quality of life? The tax break for corporate jet fuel doesn't work for me... How about you?
Ethics Commission isn't
only possible hurdle
Now that Mike Easley is no longer in office, he and his family may be beyond the reach of the N.C. Ethics Commission.
But I'd think the N.C. Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service would want to make sure all items of value received have been declared on their tax returns.
In reply to Daren Bakst's “Citizens deserve to vote on forced annexations” (March 26 For the Record):
N.C. annexation laws were key
to making Charlotte Charlotte
North Carolina's annexation law makes sense for the majority of our population. Without it Charlotte would be surrounded by many municipalities each with it own services such as police and fire. At one time Myers Park, Cotswold, Mountainbrook and Kingswood were all outside city limits.
Our cities need to expand in an orderly fashion, and the annexation law allows us to do so.
Dorothy C. Davis
In response to “CMS cuts 106 jobs from its offices” (March 28):
Student services specialists
are wrong place for CMS cuts
Laying off student services specialists is cutting essential services to a population that already gets the short end of the stick – those with mental health issues.
It's hard enough for average students to survive in CMS, and students with needs face a daily battle. My son's school specialist is currently coordinating with his therapist to develop social skills to keep him safe in school and the community despite his disability. Who will help him now while he is in a trailer in an unfenced field at a school twice its capacity with students who tease him daily while he lacks the cognitive ability to know?
Thanks for giving me more sleepless nights, Dr. Gorman.
In response to “Stem cell research: Embryos differ essentially from humans” (March 25 Forum):
Embryos are human beings
early in development
We are all former embryos, human beings in their earliest stage of development.
The “religious beliefs of the powers that be” aren't at odds with stem cell research per se, only with embryonic stem cell research – an act of violence against another member of our species.
We can “work to enhance and save lives” without destroying our weakest and most vulnerable members.
In response to “Bank CEOs meet with the president” (March 28):
Don't link Main Street
to Wall Street excesses
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says Wall Street and Main Street are “in the same boat.” Not true.
The banks have a boat, but taxpayers are in the water without life preservers.
Businesses and workers on Main Street won't be able to unload $1 trillion of questionable assets onto the taxpayers, as Wall Street banks are preparing to do under Treasury Secretary Geithner's rescue plan.