State neglected N.C. corrections officers
In response to “Officer shortage making prisons more dangerous” (Nov. 9):
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I retired from the N.C. prison system three years ago after 11 years. More days than not I thanked the Lord I was able to walk out the gate and go home to my family at the end of my shift.
The last year or so I complained there was a giant snowball rolling downhill – staff shortages grew worse by the week.
North Carolina has been negligent in providing decent pay and working conditions for correctional staff. Now it’s too little, too late, especially for those who paid with their lives.
Every year when it came to state employees, teachers got the biggest percentage raise at the expense of correctional staff. Nothing against them, but they don’t help keep violent inmates behind bars so it’ll be safer for you and your family to walk down the street.
D.M. Little, Taylorsville
Agenda-driven activists now run city
In response to Our View “Lyles delivers final dagger to GOP’s hopes” (Nov. 8 Editorial):
The take-over is now complete. Riding a wave of black voters with a single-minded devotion to the party, Democrats are in total control of all elected bodies in Mecklenburg County.
Viewed in light of what has occurred in other cities across the nation, this is not good news for our city and county.
We now have a youthful City Council filled with political, agenda-driven activists in charge of a billion-dollar city budget!
This is a disaster in the making, thanks in part to the left-wing agenda of the Charlotte Observer. To paraphrase, “Beware of what you want – for you shall surely get it!”
Don Reid, Charlotte
OK to celebrate Lyles’s gender, race
In response to “Why make Lyles’s win about race?” (Nov. 9 Forum):
Race and gender do matter, Forum writer Larry Vitez.
To anyone who has black or brown skin and daily faces micro-aggressions and bias, race matters.
To women who are dismissed or discouraged and have to struggle to earn equal pay and value, gender matters.
I’ve found that those who believe that race and gender don’t matter are usually white men who don’t have to think every day about their racial background or male privilege.
Mayor-elect Vi Lyles is obviously both a female and African-American who is most qualified to lead this city. Let’s celebrate both!
Terri Matthews, Charlotte
Smith’s negative ads contributed to loss
In response to “Did Trump play a role in the Charlotte rout?” (Nov. 9):
A fourth clue might be added to Peter St. Onge’s list: Kenny Smith’s offensive attack ads on television over the last few weeks.
My guess is that they irritated more viewers than they convinced.
Ted Lucas, Charlotte
Middle class isn’t hurt by estate tax
In response to “Trump’s right, the estate tax needs to go” (Nov. 8 Forum):
Americans are already inspired to “work hard and prosper, and to pass businesses and farms to future generations,” despite existence of the estate tax.
By calling it the “death tax,” proponents of cutting the tax try to make it sound as if all estates are taxed after death. In truth, the tax applies only to the very wealthy – estates of individuals with assets of $5.4 million (double that for married couples).
In 2007, my siblings and I inherited my parents’ 140-acre Indiana farm without any tax on the estate.
It’s great to aspire to be wealthy, but it’s a mistake to believe middle-class families and most family farms and businesses are hurt by this tax.
Karen Garloch, Charlotte
Maybe it’s time to rethink unions
In response to “College isn’t always the best path for teens” (Nov. 10 Opinion):
Unions used to help perpetuate the labor workforce with apprentice programs. Now they have been almost eliminated by the anti-union corporations. Maybe it’s time for a change back.
E.T. Shafer, Charlotte