Streetcar a success? That’s a big leap
In response to “Streetcar ridership tops projections” (Aug. 26):
Only a bureaucrat could interpret streetcar ridership totals that are “exceeding expectations” as demonstrating “the public’s continued embracement of rail transit and their support for more transportation choices.”
Let’s start actually charging something to ride it before we fall in love.
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Thomas F. Cochran Sr., Charlotte
No way to ever make up for Ferrell’s loss
In response to “Don’t spend on another jury trial” (Aug. 26 Forum):
I’ll bet that Georgia Ferrell would gladly return every penny of that $2.25 million settlement if she could have her son back.
The implication that this grieving mother has been duly paid off is a heartless sentiment.
Arnie Grieves, Charlotte
Closing gun loophole won’t stop criminals
In response to “Parked cars a gun trove for criminals” (Aug. 26):
This article on guns stolen from cars nationwide is good reading, up to a point.
When it suggests that the private transfer of a stolen gun from one criminal to another wouldn’t take place if “the loophole in laws around gun shows and resale” was closed, it borders on insanity.
This article is a glaring example that the anti-gun crowd will tell whatever lies necessary to disarm law-abiding citizens.
Mike Vee, Concord
I’m OK with Trump’s ever-changing stance
In response to “Trump shuffle – once left, now right” (Aug. 25):
A popular book tells the story of a man named Saul who changed his beliefs and then he changed his name to Paul.
That book goes on to teach that it’s always the right move any time the right move is the right thing to do.
Jim Champion, Matthews
Employers I queried favor 5 job contacts
In response to “A pointless slap at the unemployed” (Aug. 23 Editorial):
The writer is president of The Employers Association.
Your editorial sharply criticized the proposed state legislation that would require unemployed workers to apply for five jobs per week to continue receiving benefits.
As a result, we surveyed local companies – 121 responded and 63.5 percent said they were in favor of the legislation.
Contrary to your editorial, this bill will not require more unnecessary work for businesses, and since many applications for employment are filed online it will require minimal time for applicants to document their efforts to find a job.
With over 7,000 unemployment claims filed weekly, my personal opinion is that a lot more than a “handful of people” are intent on not looking for a job.
Kenny Colbert, Charlotte
Contact requirement stringent enough
In response to “Requiring 5 job contacts isn’t enough” (Aug. 26 Forum):
Forum writer Peter Snyder appears to make the same invalid assumptions lawmakers did, probably from lack of recent experience job hunting.
The increased contact requirement means more time must be spent tracking detailed information.
It does, however, take time away from follow-up with recruiters, preparation for interviews, and sending thank you emails.
In addition to continually making new contacts, one must be prepared to hand write the details on the N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions Work Search Record if called to a mandatory Employability Assessment Interview.
Repeat employer contacts, which happen when you are close to an offer of employment, do not count!
By the way, $350 per week before taxes does not “pay the bills.”
Kathleen Britton, Charlotte
Clintons and Carters both do great things
Whoa, there! The writer of “Inspired by Carter, and not the Clintons” (Aug. 23 Forum) obviously has no idea what the Clinton Foundation does around the world.
It builds partnerships between businesses, NGOs, governments, and individuals to find solutions that will transform lives and communities. Go to their website to learn about the many projects they have initiated worldwide to make a difference.
I put the Clinton Foundation right up there with the incredible work of the Carter Center.
Nancy Bryant, Norwood