Irresponsible to dig deeper fiscal hole
In response to “Congress votes to reopen government, passes budget deal” (Feb. 9):
Never miss a local story.
I find myself wondering how continued increases in the so-called budget caps, which result in more and more deficit spending (ad infinitum), could be called anything akin to responsible governing.
This action by Congress is simply more of the same irresponsible governing that the hard-working citizens of this great nation have had to witness for many decades now.
Shame on those elected officials who present themselves as representatives of the people and keep digging the fiscal hole deeper and deeper for this generation – and many future generations.
Rick Mendoza, Charlotte
Limit government by restricting spending
Most of the budget debate involved spending on programs that are not authorized by the Constitution, not even envisioned by the Founding Fathers. Congress, President Trump and all other politicians need to restrict spending to what is provided by the Constitution. That will allow taxes to be reduced, create economic prosperity, and get government off our backs!
Stephen V. Gilmore, Charlotte
It’s about race, has been for a long time
In response to “To avoid bail, don’t commit a crime” (Feb. 7 Forum):
Forum writer Bill Kniegge’s letter misses the point. Fact is, it is about race.
It has been about race since the 1600s when those who were governing decided it was about race.
It was about race when, after the passage of the 13th Amendment, those who governed passed laws allowing freed blacks to be put back into bondage, laws disguised as being tough on crime.
It was about race with lynchings, about race with segregated schools, about race with “law and order,” about race with the War on Drugs, and about race with unfair drug convictions and sentences targeting young black males.
Mr. Kniegge, it has everything to do with race.
Laura Meier, Charlotte
Parents, support your public schools
I wish to spotlight the exemplary jobs done in the public school sector often on limited funds and out-of-date facilities, equipment and materials.
I challenge parents to choose to make a difference in their nearby public schools. Charter and private schools flourish due to purposeful interest by parents in their student’s education. Criticizing and pulling out benefits no one.
I also challenge all to identify someone who positively influenced you during your schooling. I suspect the majority received this encouragement in a public school. Acknowledge those educators with your volunteer time or as a vocal advocate and voter for public school education – the flagship for our democracy and future progress.
Patricia Tate, Belmont
Find a happy medium on bike share
Find a happy medium on bike share
In response to “I don’t care for bike share in Charlotte” (Feb. 8 Opinion):
I am 100 percent for new ways to reduce cars on our streets and highways. When LimeBike hit the streets I thought it was a novel idea. I downloaded the app and have used their bikes a few times.
Then, numbers 2, 3 and 4 came along and now shared bikes are everywhere. I’ve seen them fallen over, piled on top of each other, and blocking sidewalks.
As much as I love the concept, it has gotten out of hand. A great idea has become an addition of clutter on our streets.
The docked bikes are less convenient, but more orderly. Maybe we can come up with a happy medium.
Lucinda Lucas, Charlotte
Trump should ‘about face’ on parade plan
In response to “Better ways to spend Trump parade money” (Feb. 9 Forum) and related articles:
Hallelujah! There is common ground! Forum writer Lorraine Stark and I have expressed opposing views in the many letters published over the years, but I totally agree with her that Trump should not stage a military parade. She is right in identifying many other greater needs.
Phil Clutts, Harrisburg
No need to show off U.S. military might
Hmm... A big expense for taxpayers. Why not apply parade money to the many pressing needs, such as dangerous bridges, education support, housing needs, etc.?
What purpose does a show of military might have when the world already knows of our military might?
Mimi Volloum, Charlotte