In response to “Foundation for Carolinas assets reach $1.7 billion” (April 2):
Let’s focus on giving to the arts, too
The news about record giving to Foundation for the Carolinas is impressive and encouraging, but begs the question of why “the improved economy and Charlotte’s spirit of generosity” has not trickled down to the Arts & Science Council’s fund-raising campaign?
The ASC’s 2014 results of $7 million were a far cry from prerecession levels of $11.6 million.
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According to the article, Foundation for the Carolinas has achieved three straight years of record giving, receiving $627 million in 2014 alone.
Maybe some of those donors should consider increasing support to the Charlotte arts community as well.
In response to “Alternate plans for sales tax proposed” (April 3):
Value-added tax is the way to go, with tax credits for poor
Sen. Bob Rucho helped create the deficit mess with a huge tax break mostly for the wealthy, paid for on the backs of middle class and working families.
Now he seeks to pile it on even more.
Why not just do a value-added tax on every purchase/service and eliminate state income and sales tax completely?
You could add a 100 percent tax credit for families below a certain income level so that it’s not a regressive tax.
To reform tax structure first focus on closing loopholes
Tax reform is long overdue for North Carolina, but the legislature’s piecemeal approach to changing the tax code without considering the whole picture of needed revenue and tax fairness is a disservice to taxpayers.
Recent closings of certain loopholes, such as the medical deduction previously available, was not considered in a coordinated, thoughtful approach to all loopholes.
These credits, exemptions and refunds are usually continued year after year without the intense scrutiny given to budget items for schools and Medicaid.
Numerous comprehensive tax reform proposals have been prepared in previous years.
Please, legislators, get one out and start working from it.
In response to “Larson receives up to 17 months” (April 1):
I’m infuriated by sentence given in child abuse case
Plea deal or no plea deal, I am incensed. Wanda Sue Larson needs to be behind bars as long as her live-in boyfriend.
She was a DSS supervisor for heaven’s sake.
I have worked with social workers all my career, and I have never come across such a display of injustice by the court system – and to hard-working social workers.
Rosanne D. Russell
In response to “Senators ax child vaccine proposal” (April 2):
Sen. Tarte shouldn’t have backed down on vaccine bill
The writer is a Charlotte pediatrician.
Sen. Jeff Tarte, you have allowed a misinformed, ultra-fringe minority to bully you into shelving an overdue, sensible legislative proposal.
No unvaccinated children, other than those with true medical contraindications, should be in our children’s schools.
The religious/philosophical exemption is a loophole which fraudulently allows irresponsible parents to risk the health of all children.
Change outdated law; will let distillers prosper, create jobs
The writer is a field director at Americans for Prosperity.
Wineries and breweries flourish in this state because there is no law prohibiting them from selling their product.
The potential growth of the distillery industry is stunted because of an outdated law. North Carolina is one of only four states that prohibit distilleries from selling to the public.
Fortunately, the N.C. General Assembly has an opportunity to change this with Senate Bill 24 and House Bill 107, currently awaiting committee hearings.
If lawmakers support removing government barriers to job creation, it’s time they act like it.