Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 05.26.15

Time to rethink growth game in N.C.

Unless taxpayer-funded incentives to lure businesses will promote widespread common good, North Carolina should pass.

Our state needs increased investment for public education, infrastructure and health care. That would create jobs! This is a better plan than selectively rewarding already profitable private corporations with public taxpayer money.

Use our taxes to train current and future workers, protect our environment, and build state-of-the-art infrastructure.

It’s time to rethink the costs of “the growth game.”

Margie Storch


In response to “DOT says final milestone reached in I-77 contract” (May 21):

Dig deep into DOT’s fierce persistence on I-77 toll plan

The time has come to quit trying to make sense out of N.C. DOT’s persistence in ignoring all of the representation challenging the I-77 give-away, and start an investigation into which members of the DOT staff are in the hip pocket of the contractor.

I hope we have some integrity somewhere in the loop so we can get to the bottom of this travesty.

Roger L. Bennett


In response to “Redistribute fast food profits” (May 22 Viewpoint):

No guarantee minimum wage hike will reduce welfare claims

Op-ed columnist Barry Ritholtz claims that the welfare benefits that minimum wage employees receive in effect subsidize employers, enabling them to pay lower wages.

Sounds like the old chicken/egg conundrum.

It would be great if raising the minimum wage resulted in a reduction in taxpayer-supported benefits, but how likely is that?

The increase in prices could well result in less business and greater unemployment in the fast food industry, but it seems like nothing is ever conclusive in economics.

Phil Clutts


In response to “City to look in CMPD for chief” (May 22):

I’m sorry to see such a fair-minded police chief go

A jewel has been lost from the Queen City’s crown. Police Chief Rodney Monroe is the most fair, competent and respected police chief we have ever had. He will be missed so very much.

Mary Morey


A reminder for those who say we should’ve stayed in Iraq

Suddenly the same people who wanted to get out of Iraq say we should have stayed in.

They fail to remember why we’re leaving; George W. Bush made that deal and Obama was carrying it out.

But when it looked necessary to stay, Iraq would not sign a “status of force” agreement. Without it our troops could have been arrested and tried for war crimes by the Iraqi leadership. What would U.S. citizens have said about that?

E.T. Shafer

Seven Devils, N.C.

In response to “EPA proposals on coal would hurt vulnerable families” (May 22 For the Record):

Hardships would cut even deeper without EPA’s plan

Charles Steele needs a civil rights lesson from the EPA, or better yet, from the poor asthmatics of North Carolina.

Coal or natural gas come with expensive and deadly health consequences for children, elderly, people who spend extended periods outdoors, women, and low-income people.

Almost of all us are vulnerable, yet without the EPA we lack protection.

Companies like Duke Energy continue to contribute up to 40 percent of air pollution, hold a monopoly on the energy market, and block access to clean energy sources like solar and wind.

Danielle Hilton


In response to “Saving America’s bees and monarch butterflies” (May 20):

Bees are the canary in the coal mine; do your part to save them

The bees are mostly gone from the lawns and gardens in my area. Now, just a handful are seen.

There probably is no single cause for their deaths, but you can be sure humankind’s disregard for a healthy environment contributed.

We need bees to pollinate our food crops. They are the canary in the coal mine.

Do your part through judicious use of pesticides, or none, and establish a friendly environment for these vital creatures.

George Guzynski