Letters to the Editor

A frustrated Republican asks: Where are the lower taxes we were promised?

Where are low taxes we were promised?

In response to “Senate plan would extend tax on services” (June 2):

I have watched with great dismay as N.C. leaders have eliminated tax deductions, increased fees and created new taxes.

Having been a Republican supporter for many years I have one question: Where are the lower taxes and less government I was promised?

Politicians will say anything to get elected.

Seems to me we went from the party of “spread the wealth” to the party of “spread the taxes.”

Any wonder why I don’t trust politicians?

George Franklin, Mint Hill

Yet another attempt to shift tax burden

Here they go again. The N.C. Senate’s new sales tax proposal disproportionately shifts tax burden to working and struggling middle class North Carolinians.

Exemptions for landscaping, cleaning, paving/sidewalks services, and capping the tax paid on boat or aircraft repairs are unfair to the average taxpayer and sure seem to reward those most able to contribute their fair share.

Talk about picking “winners and losers,” Sens. Bob Rucho and Bill Cook.

Tom Kenney, Morganton

S.E. Meck doesn’t belong in 9th District

As a resident of the 9th Congressional District, I am really bothered that Matthews and Mint Hill have been placed in a district with Union, Anson, Richmond, Scotland, Robeson, Cumberland and Bladen Counties.

We in southeastern Mecklenburg County have little in common with these rural counties, and the only reason we have been placed with them is to protect the incumbent.

This gerrymandering needs to end.

Ray Fields, Matthews

Judicial experience not always needed

In response to “I won’t vote for judge with no experience” (June 2 Forum):

Not even all U.S. Supreme Court justices have prior judicial experience.

John Marshall, William Rehnquist and Earl Warren were not judges.

The U.S. Constitution doesn’t even require a law degree. The last justice to be appointed who did not attend any law school was James F. Byrnes (1941-1942). He did not graduate from high school and taught himself law.

A candidate can have a lot going for him/her without having served on the bench.

Phil Clutts, Harrisburg

More unsolicited advice for Broadwell

In response to “The life for Broadwell after Petraeus affair” (May 29):

At this point Paula Broadwell needs to acquiesce, listen to her husband and walk away.

Some comeuppance is justified, however absolution is on the horizon. Just be a mom for awhile, be content, volunteer some, and count your blessings.

A beer summit with Jill Kelley is in order.

Change careers and read a few of Chuck Colson’s books on turning a life around.

It is not the adversity in life, but your reaction to it that defines people.

Randall Lemly, Charlotte

A nod to road crews behind traffic tie-ups

In response to the “Park Road tie-ups will hurt bottom line” (June 1 Forum):

Yes, there may be some hardship, even economic, resulting from road maintenance on Park Road near South Park this summer.

But I am certain those entities performing this work have attempted to schedule it in such a way as to minimize the economic impact on the area and the hardship on citizens traveling this road.

How about a little appreciation for the road crews performing this much-needed work!

Richard Van Hooser, Charlotte

No delays at CLT thanks to American

Arrived at CLT Saturday May 28 at 10 a.m. for a flight at 1 p.m.

Was expecting long lines and wait times, but instead was met by American Airlines employees wearing a smile.

Was at my gate 20 minutes later. Way to go, American!

Claude Dill, Concord

Programs like this turn lives around

In response to “An amazing chance to get her smile back” (June 2):

If “a picture is worth 1,000 words,” Tiffany Terrell’s smile is priceless.

Dr. Amir Marashi’s “Second Chance” program is a godsend for those uninsured and in dire need of dental care. Imagine the possibilities that such charity programs provide.

Beautiful smiles are an integral aspect of self-esteem, and it’s encouraging that Terrell now has one likely to facilitate unprecedented personal and professional growth.

Patrick Burris, Charlotte