Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 03.31.16

Arnie Grieves
Arnie Grieves

If AG can’t follow the law, he should resign

In response to “Cooper refuses to defend state on HB2” (March 30):

Attorney General Roy Cooper apparently believes he and his staff need to provide legal representation only for those laws which he supports.

His explanation as to why he has adopted such a stance is weak at best.

The proper thing for him to do is resign his position and run full-time for governor.

John Mangieri, Charlotte

If HB2 changes nothing, repeal it

In response to “McCrory blames ‘distorting’ news stories for the global backlash” (March 29):

Gov. Pat McCrory said reports that House Bill 2 revokes discrimination protections are wrong.

“We have not taken away any rights that have currently existed in any city in North Carolina,” he said.

So what is the purpose of this bill that has no meaning and changes nothing?

Repeal it!

Severin Jacobsen, Indian Trail

Gov. McCrory has my support, empathy

Poor Gov. McCrory. He is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

Why must we “protect” the LGBT? They chose the battlefield!

Betty Tysinger, Pineville

Confounded by McCrory’s thinking

It’s hard to understand Gov. McCrory’s thought process.

He hails HB2 as a bipartisan bill despite the fact that it was hastily crafted by Republicans and received limited debate, which prompted Democratic senators to walk out in protest. Not a single one voted for it.

Then he deflects the resulting national uproar as the media “distorting the truth.” When pressed about the legislation’s unintended consequences, he objects to being “blindsided” by questions.

Quite frankly, it’s hard to see any measure of leadership during his term as governor.

Arnie Grieves, Charlotte

Moral principles at stake; keep fighting

Citizens who support the governor and legislators who canceled the ridiculous ordinance should let their voices be heard.

Fight to maintain moral principles in our state.

If the NBA doesn’t want to bring the All-Star Game here, so be it. If a business wants to reject this beautiful business-friendly state because of some imaginary problem, so be it.

Elton Shoemaker, Charlotte

I won’t return to N.C. until law repealed

There is significant backlash on the Internet to the discriminatory law passed by North Carolina.

Many are refusing to travel to North Carolina or search for retirement homes there. I am joining this chorus of opposition.

My family has pledged not travel to the Outer Banks for annual windsurfing trips, and we will not fly American Airlines through Charlotte to the Caribbean or Florida until the recent legislation is repealed.

Stephen Hinrichs, Boston

Give me facts on why ordinance needed

The City Council felt it had to pass an ordinance protecting a micro-segment of society who felt they were targets of unfair discrimination because they felt they could not identify with their birth gender.

Enough of “felt.” Give me some facts as to why this was necessary, and was not a solution looking for a problem.

Bill Harraman, Charlotte

Critical education needs won’t be met

Ten legislators who represent Mecklenburg County – Democrats and Republicans – voted for the last budget bill.

It is projected by the N.C. General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division that tax changes they approved will reduce revenue for the 2016-2017 tax year by $460 million, just from cuts to personal and corporate income taxes.

Other taxes were repealed and exemptions extended, further reducing revenue.

These millions the state won’t get could fund teacher raises and an expansion of pre-K slots.

Find out how your representatives voted and why they didn’t support critical education needs.

Lucille Howard, Charlotte

State employees, teachers milked dry

The Republicans have been propping up our economy by milking their favorite cash cows: N.C. teachers and state employees.

Real wages of state teachers and state employees have been going down for several years.

Recently, the state has decided to cut medical benefits to keep our economy looking at least somewhat healthy.

The problem is, the cows are about milked dry. There will come a time when there is no more to take from state employees.

Art Skibbe, Boone