In response to “Charlotte defends cellphone tactics” (Oct. 24):
Stay out of my phone conversations
I found Councilman Al Austin’s comment about cellphone data-gathering – “As long as you are keeping your nose clean, you shouldn’t have a problem” – to be arrogant and insulting.
My “nose” is clean: I’m a law-abiding local citizen, businessman and voter.
If Mr. Austin thinks he can wave his hand and dismiss my right to privacy with that statement, he should be aware that despots have been using it for centuries, and it won’t fly here in my hometown.
This is wrong. It needs to be stopped.
In response to “Mecklenburg Court candidates trade barbs” (Oct. 23):
I’m all for judges holding lawyers accountable in court
District Court Judge Theo Nixon’s opponent does not like the way Nixon treats lawyers and “others” in court.
Holding lawyers and their clients accountable, along with demanding respect for the court, sounds like Judge Nixon is doing his job – a concept I appreciate.
In response to “UNC hears blistering report” (Oct. 23):
If it really wants to be elite, UNC must reject football
The writer is a UNC grad.
No one who saw UNC football’s leap from quaint, sleepy program to top-five rankings in 1996 missed the implications.
Did the math and poetry majors suddenly start hitting harder? No, an outlaw academy found a way to smuggle in harder hitters. An entire comatose faculty abetted.
If “the Carolina Way” is to define an “elite” school, let the school reject football. Or, sell Kenan Stadium to whatever club wants to make use of it.
In response to “Social Security raise expected to be small” (Oct. 19):
It’s time to inject some reality into the cost of living increase
The cost of living increase for Social Security is projected to be 1.7 percent. C’mon now, the real increase in the cost of living is more like 15 to 25 percent.
The method for determining cost of living, which originated in the 1930s and was based on the cost of some agricultural and mining products, is hopelessly out of date.
Today’s cost base needs to include the costs of labor, government and politics, technology, energy, transportation, and other factors.
At least, quit trying to pull our legs by lying about what the real cost of living is.
In response to “Obama made poor choice in naming Ron Klain to Ebola post” (Oct. 22 Forum):
GOP is standing in way of qualified Surgeon General
Our country would not need an Ebola czar if the GOP hadn’t blocked President Obama’s highly qualified choice for Surgeon General for over a year because the NRA doesn’t like his views on gun control.
Now that, Forum writer Mike Byrd, is putting political aspirations above our nation’s welfare.
Let private groups fund abortion, not my tax dollars
True, Thom Tillis voted against funding Planned Parenthood. He did not want the federal government paying for abortions at Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country.
Let private organizations and citizens who feel strongly about pro-choice fund Planned Parenthood. Leave me, my taxes, and the federal government out of providing abortions.
In response to “A way out of gridlock in D.C.” (Oct. 24 Viewpoint:
It’ll take a constitutional amendment to solve gridlock
The only way to fix our broken Congress is to codify, through a constitutional amendment, the way we elect our legislators.
So, I offer the “We the People 28th Amendment” which:
1. Bans private campaign money for federally elected offices.
2. Provides limited and reasonable public financing for these campaigns.
3. Creates an independent commission to draw up congressional districts.