Reach out to transgender people
I’ve had it with North Carolina’s governor and the legislature’s ignorance regarding transgender people. I suggest it’s time all the infighting stop and those we elected to office spend time with transgender people getting to know them.
I think our politicians will be very surprised to find out that they have more in common than they may think and are just like anyone else who is just trying to earn a living and possibly raise a family.
Carol Shubkin, Charlotte
HB 2 costs our city; Raleigh should pay
In response to “Apodaca calls for Charlotte to cover cost of special session over LGBT rights” (March 25 Charlotteobserver.com):
The city of Charlotte should send Sen. Tom Apodaca a check for $42,000 with the stipulation that the city government and its businesses will be reimbursed for all lost revenue related to passage of House Bill 2. Additionally, no monies from the Queen City will be used in the legal defense of HB 2.
Robert Hrozencik, Vilas
No male genitals in women’s restroom
OK, I am getting sick of all this. Just watched WBTV news and another group canceled because of HB 2. I have never expressed my opinion on any issue ever, but this is getting ridiculous.
I am a straight woman in my 60s and I think that I am pretty open minded. My view is, if you are gay, that is your choice, none of my business. But if you are male and you or “nature” predicts you to be female, before you use my “woman’s” bathroom, get all the anatomy surgically transformed.
Laureen Hunter, Kannapolis
Gender identity, sex not always in sync
Some believe that God made us all either man or woman. Others recognize that most personal attributes are on a continuum with two extremes. Our height, weight and body chemistry varies with each individual. Can’t one’s sexuality also vary from one extreme to the other?
There are so many variables that make us who we are. Our body plumbing is one, but only one, variable. When a transgender female says that in her soul, she knew she was female, I believe her.
Tom E. Bowers, Charlotte
GOP leaders finally backing Trump
In response to “Carolinas Republicans torn as Trump nomination looms:” (May 2):
I have held my nose the last several presidential elections voting for the likes of McCain, Dole and Romney. I’m excited to see establishment Republicans coming to their senses and agreeing to vote for Trump if he’s the nominee.
I think it’s a telling sign that they don’t like Trump; we can look at the establishment’s track record over the last several presidential elections to see how well their choices have fared.
Trigg Cherry, Charlotte
State employees deserve a raise
In response to “McCrory budget plan omits tax cuts, offers 3 percent boost for workers” (April 24):
Once upon a time, when embarking on a career and becoming a long-time loyal employee, one had the expectation of continued growth in one’s wages. Unfortunately, this is no longer true and state employees are suffering financially as a result.
The State Employees Association of North Carolina reports that state employees have fallen behind the cost of living by almost 9 percent since 2010. It is unfathomable that Gov. McCrory once again plans to give state employees a one-time bonus in lieu of a well-deserved raise. All state employees deserve a raise after being neglected for so long.
Elaine Thomas, Charlotte
Obama does get economic policy
In response to “President Obama just doesn’t get economic policy” (April 30 Viewpoint):
Curtis Dubay has manipulated the data in yet another attempt by a Republican think-tank (an oxymoron, if I ever heard of one) to discredit the Obama Administration’s attempts to stop corporations from gaming the system.
For example, while it’s true that the U.S. corporate tax rate is high – the usual excuse for inversions – the reality is that, according to Americans for Tax Fairness, the average effective tax rate of 288 profitable Fortune 500 companies was only 19.4 percent from 2008 to 2012. They also point out that during this period GE, Boeing, Verizon and 23 other profitable companies paid no federal income taxes. I wonder how that happened?
Stephen Mayor, Fort Mill