Wages don’t seem to matter to Council
In response to “Charlotte in the dark about how much Amazon jobs will pay” (July 6) and “Decent wage only for some?”) (July 6 Opinion):
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There was unintended irony in Friday’s Observer. The lead article discussed in depth how clueless our City Council is relative to the wages that Amazon will pay at its new distribution center. That didn’t stop them from approving millions in tax credits.
Meanwhile, on the Opinion page a minimum wage of $15 was promoted in a reprinted editorial.
A city seemingly “owned” by developers – as evidenced by how few projects are ever turned down or severely modified – doesn’t seem to care or even ask questions about wages. Ironic.
Tom Blomquist, Charlotte
Put politics aside and host the Republicans
Hosting the Republican National Convention would be a big feather in Charlotte’s cap.
Our business community has worked hard on Charlotte’s reputation as a world-class city and a national convention destination. Our convention bureau could boast that if we can meet the needs of the DNC, RNC and the CIAA tournament, we can meet the needs of any organization.
Just once I’d like to see our Democratically controlled City Council vote for what’s good for Charlotte and put party politics aside.
Jim Van Meerten, Charlotte
Trump is reason city shouldn’t host RNC
To our elected officials, please pull back from our bid to host the Republican convention in 2020.
I understand the economic benefits of us hosting the convention, but do we want to be seen as the city that hosted the convention that re-nominated the man who has single-handedly destroyed our country’s standing in the international community? The man who is meeting with dictators who’ve killed millions?
Gray Newman, Mint Hill
May be too early to get all worked up
Before getting too worked up over the possibility of multiple anti-Trump demonstrations during the RNC, shouldn’t we consider the possibility that someone other than Trump will be the nominee?
L.S. Lasseter, Blowing Rock
My city has taken a turn to the far left
I am a proud Republican. However, I agree with Braxton Winston that the Republican convention should not come here.
Charlotte is no longer a welcoming, inclusive city. It has turned far left, and if you do not agree with their politics you are not welcome.
I agree with Lloyd Scher, there will be protests (that’s fine), but there will be violence perpetrated by the far left. The overall result of this convention will not paint an inclusive, welcoming image of Charlotte.
Charlotte has changed in the 20 years I’ve lived here and it is not for the better.
Rick Toot, Matthews
July 4th celebration missed the mark
My husband and I attended the July Fourth celebration at BB&T Stadium. The celebration, which was dedicated to recognizing the U.S. military, woefully missed the mark by focusing on our military.
There is a very important distinction between military might and the freedoms we enjoy.
There was no mention of the real reason we celebrate this day – Fourth of July commemorates the Declaration of Independence and the birth of our country as an independent nation.
The holiday is important as a symbol of our democracy and the ideals of freedom. Freedom is much more than about winning wars.
Freedom is about the shared individual responsibilities to understand, appreciate and uphold the principles of our democratic institutions.
Karen Knoble, Charlotte
I’m not sorry to see Scott Pruitt go
In response to “EPA chief Pruitt resigns amid ethics scandals” (July 5):
So Scott Pruitt has finally resigned. The cash cow has been milked dry. The things he has done to the taxpayers and to the population in general defy imagination.
Now, he rides into the sunset, saddle bags bulging and a broad grin on his face.
Noel Triplett, Charlotte
Fine that Statue of Liberty climber
In response to “Statue of Liberty climber charged with trespassing” (July 6):
That silly woman who trespassed at the Statue of Liberty should be fined an amount equal to what it cost to “rescue” her.
Kay Lane, Charlotte