In response to “McCrory: No rules broken on stock” (Aug. 15):
Gov. McCrory, I’m not buying your version of what happened
Our governor says misstating the timing of his sale of Duke Energy stock was a “mistake.”
Bull. It was no mistake. He was just hoping not to get caught with his hands in the cookie jar.
If President Obama had done this, Gov. McCrory would be calling it intentional, worthy of impeachment.
Media in N.C. didn’t go after previous governors like this
I’m not a fan of Gov. Pat McCrory by any means, but I find the media’s handling of his Duke Energy stock and ethics report to be more insulting than the offense itself.
Yes, McCrory should be held accountable and it appears he has been. But this paper and others, which were so protective of former Govs. Mike Easley and Bev Perdue, failed to report so much so quickly while they were in office.
In response to “Home schools surge in N.C.” (Aug. 14):
Public schools feed demand for private, home schooling
Wow, 156,718 students in North Carolina either in private or home schools.
While there is no doubt some students can get an excellent education in CMS, some parents think their children will benefit from a private or home-school environment.
These parents are being penalized by having to pay twice for their child’s education – tuition and taxes. Seems they should be get a tax credit.
If CMS provided an education that met parents’ expectations, private and home school would not be necessary.
In response to “Ex-Gaston wrestling coach guilty of molesting students” (Aug. 13):
Long sentence given coach will deter other predators
Thank goodness for the jury that found Gary Scott Goins guilty. It took courage for these young victims to come forward and receive justice.
Hopefully, Superior Court Judge Jesse Caldwell’s sentence will send a message to other predators who dare molest their students.
Barbara Bell Kerr
In response to “CMPD investigates dog shooting by officers” (Aug. 14):
Independent review needed
for dog owner to get justice
Will the police be held accountable for shooting and killing an elderly, friendly dog that had no violent or aggressive history and posed no threat? Of course not.
Senseless shootings of dogs by police are a real problem.
But until people demand independent reviews rather than sham internal investigations, we might as well be subjects and not citizens.
Kris A. Wampler
In response to “Arena fix may lift All-Star Game bid” (Aug. 13):
Don’t spend on arena; tackle other more serious issues
We have a serious homeless problem in Charlotte that is not being adequately addressed.
Rather than allocate funds to address it, taxpayers are being asked to allocate millions for arena upgrades, in part so the Hornets may host a one-time All-Star Game.
Renovations would be made to an arena that voters didn’t want in the first place.
It’s high time that city and county leaders said “NO”!
Craig A. Reutlinger
In response to “Time to end tax relief for corporations” (Aug. 15 Forum):
Corporate tax breaks translate into community benefits
Contrary to Forum writer Benjamin Pendry’s opinion that we can’t survive much more corporate welfare, I believe that corporations must not be over-taxed in order to compete in today’s global marketplace.
Rather, successful U.S. corporations provide more and better-paying jobs resulting in increased employees’ tax revenue to help operate the needs of our municipalities and states.
In response to “Rock Hill woman charged with assaulting husband for overcooking steak” (Aug. 13 CharlotteObserver.com):
Enough food-related assault stories, it’s embarrassing
Please stop publishing stories about assaults over food. This is the second story in a week. This is embarrassing.
Do we need to constantly remind the world how slow and dumb we are in the South? I’m more than certain there are more worthwhile news stories.