I-77 toll lane will be as empty as Independence bus lane
The I-77 toll lane is nothing but a bad idea. N.C. drivers fund these projects with every fill-up, paying the eighth highest gas tax in America.
These lanes will be for the benefit of local Lake Norman communities, not for the betterment of daily N.C. commuters.
This proposal will result in I-77 resembling the little used bus lanes on Independence Boulevard – yet another brilliant idea from the past.
In response to “Too many opt for subsidies over a job” (Aug. 10 Forum) and related letters:
Employers should pay living wage; we’re a wealthy nation
It is clarifying that Forum writer Dennis Gosney admits that some of his new hires quit and prefer to continue subsistence living on the poverty level funding provided by food stamps and Medicaid.
His solution of cutting safety-net funding to what would amount to starvation levels is unworthy of a wealthy country which should encourage employers to develop a business model that attracts workers by paying a living wage.
Charlotte tiptoeing down same path as Detroit with handouts
I grew up in Detroit, where the public assistance mentality became cultural, passed from generation to generation.
It doesn’t take a genius to see the consequences of that scenario. Fast forward to Charlotte. The seeds are growing here.
I would argue with the comment that if workers were paid more they would choose to work. Many would not.
It is not Forum writer Dennis Gosney’s problem to fix. And, the fact is, we all pay for this with the already out of control deficit.
Don’t re-elect those who cut tax credits for working poor
Forum writer Dennis Gosney wrote: “Our government needs to quit making it more attractive for people to stay home than to find a job. ... I will vote only for candidates who feel the same.”
In Raleigh our representatives voted to end the Earned Income Tax Credit, an incentive for low-income workers to find and remain working. Those representatives don’t deserve our vote either.
In response to “Step up, Charlotte, to reverse this trend” (Aug. 12 Forum):
Famed war on poverty has become a war on the poor
“The war on poverty” has turned into “the war on poor people.” Recent examples:
• A legislature refusing to expand Medicaid even though the cost to N.C. is zero to negligible.
• An employer’s accusation – long on implication, short on facts – that the majority of workers he hires opt for subsidies over jobs.
Access to affordable health care, paying a living wage, educating our children – those are necessary components for raising a citizenry out of poverty.
And a generous dose of empathy and compassion sure couldn’t hurt.
In response to “Tax cuts made funding teacher assistants impossible, and that’s OK” (Aug. 11 Forum):
Today’s teachers face much greater demands on their time
I’d like to point out to Forum writer Robert D. Hoagland that we live in a different time.
With the increased demands on teachers, which include meticulous record keeping, mountains of paperwork and frequent communications with parents, along with required meetings and trainings that often take time from the work day, teacher assistants are essential if a teacher is to have time to actually do the job of teaching the students.
I spent 31 years in an N.C. public school classroom. How much time have you spent there?
Patricia H. Kindley
In response to “Kayak polo nationals moving to Tega Cay” (Aug. 10):
Mistake to let kayak polo tournament leave Meck
It looks like North Carolina loses again as South Carolina snatches away a national tournament.
The Carolina Kayak Polo Club practices every Sunday at McDowell Nature Preserve, but now must relocate not only the national kayak polo tournament, but the women’s national team practices prior to their trip to France for the World Championship.
This would have been great publicity on a national level for McDowell, the city and the state.
Was somebody sleeping on the job or too lazy to make this happen again for McDowell?