Charlotte isn’t ready for HQ2-like project
After some thought and reflection, I’m very happy that Amazon did not name Charlotte as one of its top 20 finalists.
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We can’t handle the normal growth Charlotte is experiencing as it is. Adding 50,000 more to the mix at a rapid pace would only continue to choke our already inefficient infrastructure.
Our leaders have not done an adequate job of planning for our growth. Until they understand that it’s not only about collecting additional taxes from the massive influx of people, but also reallocating and spending those tax dollars in the community, it’s best we temper our growth a bit.
J.B. Webb, Huntersville
Release list of sites submitted to Amazon
Release list of sites submitted to Amazon
Ronnie Bryant of Charlotte Regional Partnership should release the list of the sites that were in the running for Amazon.
As a commercial real estate broker in the area, I would want a site that I am representing to be disclosed as one that was on the short list of sites. This would help me sell the property to other people.
It is my job to sell real estate, not keep it a secret.
Jim Plyler, Charlotte
Other cities leaving Charlotte in the dust
Both Nashville and Chattanooga are vibrant and enjoying national attention. Chattanooga has become a darling of the New York Times – and that is a powerful endorsement.
Both cities have strong mayoral leadership from mayors who have garnered positive national attention for their cities. Two of our recent mayors also garnered national attention, albeit in a very negative manner. Let’s hope Mayor Vi Lyles can get Charlotte back on track.
Gerringer Clapp, Charlotte
NC GOP is all about maps, not education
If Republicans in the N.C. General Assembly spent less time drawing election maps (to keep themselves in power) and more time on education, we would not rank 40th in the nation on education.
It is one of the main reasons that corporations are bypassing North Carolina for states that demonstrate care about education and their citizens.
Daryl Solomonson, Troutman
Trump has led GOP to show backbone
You may not like President Trump, but he has led the GOP to finally show some backbone.
Negotiating is not about caving in, as Republicans have done for years.
It is about knowing what you want and not rolling over and playing dead.
Trump was elected on a platform and is trying to deliver on it, unlike so many before him.
His style makes many of us cringe at times, but his goals are worthy, at least to middle America.
Bill Wallace, Charlotte
States missed the boat on Romneycare
In response to “I had a surprising health care epiphany” (Jan 25 Forum):
Even if Forum writer Barry Marshall was late to the table we welcome him now, and pray he recovers.
If the country would have initially gotten behind the Romney health care plan in Massachusetts and made a carbon copy in each state, most of the health care problems we have would have been solved.
Plus, we would have plenty of money if we had limited our involvement in wars.
Randall Lemly, Charlotte
Orr’s indignation rings hollow with me
In response to “Opposition to Farr is bad for the country” (Jan. 20 Opinion):
Where was former N.C. Supreme Court justice Bob Orr’s rightful indignation when GOP senators from North Carolina blocked two well-qualified Obama-era nominees for the federal bench, both African-American women?
His current concern for political fairness would have more traction with me had it also occurred before the Obama nominees were blocked.
Louisa Shugart, Charlotte
Blacks can gain by supporting Trump
In response to “As a black American, I support Trump” (Jan. 21 Forum):
Thank you, Forum writer Sharon Sullivan, for your clear and brave words about President Trump.
After so many decades of politically correct speech from our leaders that left ordinary Americans feeling left out, we now have some confidence that we can know what to expect.
Add that to the undeniable conclusion that Trump cares about Americans first and we can easily understand why the elites feel neutralized.
Joy Shivar, Huntersville