Don’t create more barriers for the poor
In response to “Toll road delays have an easy fix” (March 6 Forum):
It’s not just that toll roads add drive time to “poor, minimum-wage fast food servers,” but that this is but one more barrier for them to break.
Gentrification has moved the poor farther from work, adding time to the work day, adding transportation costs to an impossibly tight budget, and taking time from family care, which is often characterized as neglectful.
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Cuts to family planning, Medicaid and food assistance are all creating a climate where there is no possible way, even in the most ideal conditions, for a poor person to live within the rules. Even at $10 an hour, it is not possible to live the simplest of lives. The math just doesn’t work.
Joan E. Gardner,
I’m not impressed with the Oscars
I did not watch the Oscars this year or last. I knew what to expect: political rhetoric offered by 30-year-olds while wearing $20,000 designer gowns or custom Armani tuxedos.
These actors try to explain what is wrong with America and how to fix the problems while making their living memorizing scripts and following the directions of others.
The movie industry is in serious trouble due to lack of creativity. I am tired of Marvel comics, sequels, car chases, re-makes and horrid violence. In action movies the main character kills hundreds of people. Yet, those same characters when given the chance to speak in their own words offer condemnation of violence.
Revenues in the movie industry are declining each year. Same with the Oscars viewership. Who cares?
Edward Thomas, Matthews
Disappointed in Tim Moore on guns
In response to “Tougher gun laws for North Carolina unlikely” (March 4):
Dear Rep. Tim Moore,
In the school safety/gun control debate, you were quoted as saying “Look, that’s a discussion for another time.”
Really? When would that time be? When citizens are not as focused on the debate as they are now? When emotions soften and lose their razor-sharp capacity to unmask reality? I would place your “for another time” in the sorry company of “thoughts and prayers” – another popular cover for political cowardice.
Dave Molinaro, Charlotte
What is missing in our classrooms
In the 1960s, over the span of a few years, we went from having the Ten Commandments displayed in classrooms all across the country, and starting the school day with prayer, to their forced removal by order of the Supreme Court, to a societal attitude, by the end of that decade, summarized by the phrase: “If it feels good, do it!”
We are now bearing the horrible fruit of those changes. Perhaps we should consider reintroducing some of those hastily and unwisely abandoned principles, perhaps starting with the admonition that “Thou shalt not kill.”
Ronald Kohl, Fort Mill
Wolves may be only answer to coyotes
In response to “NC plan to control coyotes says killing is ‘ineffective’” (March 6):
Anyone thinking that trapping, shooting or poisoning coyotes will have any long-term effect should read the Dan Flores book “Coyote America.” The United States government tried for years to eradicate coyotes and failed miserably. Coyotes just have more pups when their population is reduced.
What the government found effectively controls coyotes was bringing back the wolf population. Similar to humans, coyotes are perhaps one of the most adaptive species in North America.
Dave Smith, Fort Mill
Support animals getting out of hand
An open question and appeal to our legislators in both South and North Carolina: How much longer will the general public be subjected to having “comfort” animals forced upon us in restaurants, grocery stores and other places where food is prepared and served? It is bad enough that general retail establishments allow these “comfort” pets inside to roam the aisles.
Will it take a child being severely mauled or someone catching a dire disease before legislation is enacted that reverts back to the time when service dog meant a guide dog for the blind?
Robert Miller, Indian Land
An editorial in Tuesday’s Observer misstated Lillian Exum Clement’s achievement. She was the first woman elected to a legislature in the South.