Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 04.29.16

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Limit referendum on HB2 to Charlotte

In response to “Voter referendum on House Bill 2 possible” (April 28):

If the Republicans want a referendum on their bathroom law, by all means let’s do it.

But ask the people of Charlotte what they want to do, not the people from Murphy to Manteo. Why should voters on the Outer Banks decide a policy for the people of Charlotte?

A city referendum might be a nice way out of the mess the legislature and our governor have made.

And schedule the vote in November when we get the best turnout.

Walker Lundy, Sherrills Ford

North, south must step up on housing

In response to “Value of Eastland acreage keeps falling” and “Mayor’s vote rejects low-income complex” (April 27):

The article on Eastland Mall says the property value of the Eastland acreage has fallen over the last six years. Yes it has, along with other property values on the east side.

The article about the rejection of the latest attempt to build low-income housing near the same area says that City Council member Vi Lyles asks what message we are sending developers.

The message is this: The east and west sides are crammed already with apartment complexes and low-income housing, bringing property values down in a vicious cycle.

It’s time for the north and south sides to step up and accept their share.

Patricia Johnson, Charlotte

Church should welcome this union

In response to “Complaint made over gay wedding” (April 27):

Kudos to Pastor Val Rosenquist and Bishop Melvin Talbert for officiating at the wedding of John Romano and Jim Wilborne.

I am a Methodist and I am disturbed by the Methodist Church policy against this type of union.

The church, of all places, should be welcoming and supportive of all people. Jesus didn’t just preach love, he lived his life showing love.

It seems that many of today’s Christians have forgotten that message.

Beverly VanLandingham, Charlotte

For me, aiding illegal immigrants is wrong

In response to “Worried mom hangs on to her American dream” (April 27):

Regarding the illegal immigrant with the food truck in Charlotte:

1. The people helping finance her are aiding a criminal. If they want to help her, give her a plane ticket home and let her enter the country legally.

2. Why doesn’t she learn to speak English?

3. When you enter a country illegally, you are starting out as a criminal, period.

Kay Nahrgang, Charlotte

In city this wealthy, let no one go hungry

In response to “Project will double size of Second Harvest Food Bank” (April 26):

Second Harvest gives people a chance to feel God’s blessing.

What I cannot understand is why food banks and homeless programs have to fight tooth and nail to stay afloat.

With the number of churches in Charlotte alone, there should be no hungry people here.

Throw in all the billion-dollar corporations and their multimillion-dollar executives, then the professional sport teams and their multimillion-dollar players, and there should not be any homeless or hungry people within 100 miles of Charlotte.

That kind of spending should be the easiest to do.

Buddy Lemmons, Charlotte

Glimpse into a future with I-77 toll lanes

Last week, on a recent trip from Charlotte to the Washington, D.C. area, I got a good look – several days in a row – at what our new I-77 toll lanes will look like.

It was obvious that these new toll lanes won’t change anything.

Along I-95 south of D.C. in the toll lanes, traffic was very light and moved smoothly for 29 miles, as well it should at a sliding scale of 50 to 80 cents per mile depending on the time of day.

On the lanes that bordered the toll lanes, traffic inched along, bumper to bumper. Quite irritating.

Obviously the I-77 toll road is being built for the 1 percent, for who else can afford to pay $14 to $23 twice a day?

Karin Kemp, Matthews