City has other needs; don’t fund stadium
In response to “City may be kicking around new attitude on soccer venue” (June 28):
Looks like Charlotte City Council is looking for cover to pour millions into a soccer stadium many citizens don’t want.
If we are going to study the economic impact, why not study how those millions could benefit ordinary citizens?
We could start with more dollars for CMPD to help stem the crime and murder rate that is tarnishing Charlotte’s reputation.
Or, how about more money for much needed infrastructure like roads? Many are washboards due to lack of resurfacing.
And finally, maybe some much needed money for traffic enforcement to curb the red-light runners and speeders.
Don McIver, Charlotte
First fund education, affordable housing
Why are elected local representatives considering funding another sports venue when we already have a wide variety of professional sports and venues?
Charlotte has pressing needs, including 34,000 affordable housing units for people earning 60 percent or more below the area’s median income. And for education funding, just to name a few issues cited by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force.
If money is to be made from professional soccer, let private investors fund it.
Let’s get our priorities in line!
Tom Moore, Charlotte
GOP isn’t helping Trump move forward
In response to “The Democrats are gaining ground” (June 29 Forum):
The GOP controls all branches of government but is not helping President Trump implement his agenda to make America great again.
Republican senators act like they are at the corner of walk and don’t walk – these politicians tell their voters we are “on our way” but have no idea where they’re going.
These senators need to get off of the john and show some moxie – or the GOP will lose big in 2018.
Jim Cherry, Charlotte
Too many will die under Senate plan
A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine estimated that for every 769 people who lack health insurance one will die each year.
This would result in about 29,000 additional deaths annually based on the recent CBO estimate of 22 million Americans who would lose coverage under the Senate health care bill.
Even if the numbers are half wrong, that’s too many loved ones to lose anywhere, much less in the United States of America.
Perhaps we need to reconsider a single-payer “Medicare for all” system.
Stephen Phillips, Charlotte
Suck it up, Dems and GOP. Fix health care
Haven’t we had enough conflict about health care?
It seems to me that we should fix what is in place, rather than start over.
Both parties should suck it up and act like big boys and girls. Get together, fix the problems and move on.
The main problem is the desire for bragging rights for the winning party. But in the meantime, millions of us are in limbo about health insurance.
Bob Rudisill, Concord
Election system in dire need of change
In response to “Special elections send warning to both parties” (June 22):
I realize that it has become very expensive to buy your pet politician. We, as everyday citizens, must demand that this process be altered.
The special election in Georgia is a case in point. Did voters elect a representative or did we purchase a pet?
Douglas Sherrow, Mint Hill
Don’t let EPA repeal water protections
The writer is an organizer with Environment North Carolina.
I was appalled to learn the EPA is proposing to repeal key protections for N.C. waterways.
Finalized in 2015 with widespread public and scientific support, the Clean Water Rule restored federal protections to 56 percent of N.C. streams, which feed waterways like Dan River and help provide drinking water to 4.7 million residents.
Repealing this rule turns the mission of the EPA on its head: Instead of protecting our rivers, lakes and streams, the Trump administration would leave them open to pollution.
It defies common sense, sound science and the will of the N.C. people. EPA should reconsider this reckless repeal.
Julia Schusterman, Raleigh