No denying HB2 will be job killer for N.C.
In response to “Recruiters: Law could hurt N.C. in hunt for jobs” (April 7):
Losing PayPal and immediate expressions of disapproval from other major corporations demonstrate that N.C. Republicans have taken a wrecking ball to economic development and prosperity in the name of bathroom privacy.
CEOs now believe the state’s position on inclusiveness will jeopardize employee recruitment and development.
This law also bans local governments from setting a minimum wage for private employers.
Ironically, the reason given for the wage provision is that it kills jobs. What are they thinking?
Joseph J. Salerno, Charlotte
PayPal CEO chose a PR stunt to bully N.C.
If PayPal truly wanted to demonstrate leadership, CEO Dan Schulman should have continued the Charlotte project and become engaged as a corporate citizen.
Instead, PayPal’s attempt to bully North Carolina amounts to little more than a hypocritical PR stunt and sets a horrible example for how to resolve differences.
Our country is in a very sad state when corporate America, the media, and certain politicians yield their better judgment to the incessant demands of a radical few who advocate misguided policies but win because they yell louder than others.
U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, Charlotte
PayPal CEO put values over profit
I applaud PayPal for aligning its actions with its values.
Discrimination – against any human being or group – is wrong, plain and simple.
It’s refreshing and encouraging to see a CEO put his values ahead of financial gain and stand up for the principle of equality and justice for all.
Thank you Dan Schulman, and shame on North Carolina yet again.
Connie Freeman, Matthews
Principles matter, no compromise on HB2
The Observer headline said “On HB2, is there any way to find a compromise?” (April 8).
If one has principles, there is no compromise.
Patricia Broderick, Mooresville
Let common sense prevail in Carver case
Let common sense prevail in Carver case
Elizabeth Leland’s series of articles on Mark Carver’s arrest and imprisonment was well written and well researched. (“Death by the River,” April 3-8)
With Carver’s physical and other limitations, it is impossible to believe he murdered Ira Yarmolenko.
Talk about a rush to judgment on the part of the prosecution and lack of defense for the man, this is a case in point.
I am glad that his case is being looked into, and can only hope that common sense will prevail.
Darlene Gravett, Boiling Springs
$15 wage will not cause loss of jobs
In response to “Push for $15 an hour wage will cost jobs” (April 7 Forum):
Approving a $15 minimum wage has not had a long-term effect of lowering the job rate in Seattle.
Right now, the unemployment rate there is 4.4 percent. Business in Seattle is thriving.
Historically, raising the minimum wage has not caused a loss of jobs. Higher wages make for a stronger economy; look up the history.
Georgie Bowser, Banner Elk
Defiance will come back to bite Apple
In response to “FBI cracks iPhone, drops court case against Apple” (March 29):
Now that the FBI has penetrated the terrorist’s iPhone by cracking its security shield, I wonder if Apple now wishes it had done it itself, as originally requested.
By stonewalling, Apple brought on the efforts of thousands of code breakers and now it is left on the sidelines hoping the successful technique will remain a secret.
For a company that was defiant and devoted to controlling its product despite a court order, the path Apple chose yielded a total loss of control.
Brad Frazier, Iron Station
Another CLT practice that needs to end
In response to “Airport to eliminate bathroom tipping,” (April 7):
As a frequent traveler, I’ve never been bothered by the Charlotte airport restroom attendees’ tip jars.
What I do mind, though, is the attendee handing me a paper towel using the same gloved hand he just used to clean the urinal.
Please end that practice, CLT.
Brian Buckley, Cornelius