In response to “Housing wait list triples to new high” (Oct. 20):
Greed gets in the way of affordable housing in Charlotte
The major problem with the lack of affordable housing is American greed.
When you observe the mega-building going on in the Charlotte area, there are too few plans on the table to do any building of affordable housing.
Developers are more interested in the almighty dollar. Love of our fellow man doesn’t enter into the equation at all.
In response to “Is American dream still alive?” (Oct. 19 Taylor Batten column):
Too many black kids born to single parents; address that
Nowhere does Editorial Page Editor Batten mention that 73 percent of black children are born to single parents.
This is a problem black and liberal leaders prefer to ignore.
Instead of seeing a problem with 3 of 4 black kids being born to single parents, they see voters.
The remedies to lack of opportunity suggested in MDC’s State of the South report pale in comparison to the opportunity provided by a stable, nurturing two-parent home.
Real crisis: Political ads spawned by Ebola nonsense
The misnamed Ebola crisis in the U.S. – spawned by the empty-headed fear-mongers on FoxNews – is no crisis at all.
People who ostensibly were in contact with real Ebola victims are either OK or being treated and released.
The desperation of these liars is the real crisis as political ads are reaching a fever pitch.
Millions of dollars are being thrown away from real problems and put into advertisements with no basis in reality.
Bumpy pavement makes for unsafe driving on part of I-485
The new left lane of I-485 east between I-77 and N.C. 51 is terrible. The storm drains are too close to the lane and the patchwork asphalt around it is either lumped-up or sunk-down, bouncing one’s vehicle violently up or dipping it down.
I pray somebody with authority drives this lane and has it fixed.
Editor’s note: Brady McKenzie of N.C. DOT said once widening is complete in spring 2015, the road will be smooth and the drains will not be an issue.
Party gains should not come at expense of national interests
When Ronald Reagan was elected, then-Speaker Tip O’Neill announced that Congress would pass the president-elect’s proposed tax reductions.
If they worked as predicted, O’Neill said, the country would be better off. If they failed, then the attempt would have proven their failure.
When President Obama was elected, Sen. Mitch McConnell vowed to make the Affordable Care Act Obama’s Waterloo and said his top priority would be to make him a one-term president.
Which party’s position represents the appropriate balancing of party gain versus national interest? Which party places the latter above the former?
Supreme Court seems to favor wealthy over working class
I was surprised to see the Supreme Court allow the Texas voter ID law to go into effect.
While there is some potential that this law will reduce voter fraud, it will definitely prevent many low-income people from being able to exercise their constitutional right to vote.
Is this the same court that ruled corporations had the same right as individuals to make political contributions, fueling big-money politics?
These rulings give the unfortunate perception that the Supreme Court favors the wealthy over the working class.
Obama made poor choice in naming Ron Klain to Ebola post
How nice, we now have an Ebola czar who has no public health experience or medical training. What a joke.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a president who put the protection of the American public ahead of his political aspirations?
Put shunned Ebola survivors to work helping care for the sick
Persons who recover from Ebola apparently have immunity to the disease.
In West Africa, survivors and their families are stigmatized and face financial ruin. Why not recruit and train these people to be caregivers?
This would reduce the need for 100 percent protection of close caregivers and provide survivors a pathway to a living wage in health care.
After all, this will not be the last time Ebola rears its ugly head.