In response to “44 months for bribes” (Oct. 15):
Accepting bribes is not a mistake, it’s a character flaw
Here comes the typical Washington spiel. You can hear it coming in the comments quoted in this article.
It goes like this: “I made a mistake. Everybody makes mistakes. I’m not perfect. Nobody’s perfect. I forgive myself. You should, too. In fact, you should forget all about this. When am I eligible to run for office again?”
Mistakes are unintentional miscalculations. Soliciting and taking bribes is not a “mistake.”
In response to “Should colleges pay athletes?” (Oct. 15):
Pay college athletes, but dock their pay when appropriate
We should pay college athletes their full market worth, but they should have to pay their own tuition and college expenses.
I had to work my way through college, putting in about 50 hours per week while making the Dean’s List and graduating on schedule.
Pay them, but make them pay. If they fail a class, cut their salaries.
I realize there are inequities with rules for athletes and adjustments must be made. But let’s keep it real.
In response to “Utilities OK’d to keep tax break” (Oct. 15):
There should be no corporate tax windfall for utilities
So let me get this unbelievable scenario straight...
While the corporate tax rate was substantially lowered in North Carolina, the McCrory boys still allow utilities to keep collecting the same amount from consumers and pocket the difference?
What in the world have we put in place in Raleigh?
N.C. citizens will continue to lose out until this one-term governor is replaced.
I’ve been a teacher for 40 years and I support Tillis
An ad for Sen. Kay Hagan suggests you ask a teacher about Thom Tillis. Well, I’m a teacher, have been for 40 years, and I’m for Thom Tillis.
In every school I have been in we have an abundance of books. Our class sizes are smaller today than in previous years.
We may not have the highest salaries in the country, but we also pay lower taxes and our cost of living is less than in some other states.
We have a great retirement program that is in better shape fiscally than in many states.
People like Mr. Tillis are doing their best trying to keep our state financially healthy.
In response to “Pentagon: Climate change is a threat” (Oct. 14) and related articles:
Tillis’ view on climate change will put our nation at risk
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel calls climate change action a matter of national defense.
Thom Tillis says he’s an education advocate, and I imagine he is happy to use the medical science and cell phone technology coming out of our UNC institutions.
Yet, he selectively refutes the work of our climate scientists. That is illogical and counter-productive for someone promising to keep our citizens safe.
I urge North Carolinians to keep Tillis out of Congress.
He is unwilling to champion the work of his own state educational institutions, and his position suggests he’ll thwart the military’s efforts to make our nation more secure.
In response to “Rev. Harris doesn’t understand the basic role of judges” (Oct. 14 Forum):
Voice of the people matters, courts aren’t omnipotent
Federal judges are not elected by the people, have no term limits, and should not be omnipotent.
The courts have stolen from the people the right to amend their own state constitutions and have marginalized the will of the people.
The questions we need to ask are: 1. Which existed first, the state of North Carolina or the United States; and 2. Who knows best in a democracy, the people or the Court?
Amendment One would never have stood the test of time
It’s time to stop squawking about the 61 percent Amendment One vote.
Even if the tally had been 99 percent, the measure still would have been a violation of the Constitution.
The majority cannot assign a different set of rights to a minority group and have it stand the test of time.