Letters to the Editor

Paychecks reveal the real toll of HB2


Paychecks reveal the real toll of HB2

In response to “Don’t believe the hype: HB2 hasn’t hurt North Carolina’s economic recovery” (Aug. 9 Opinion):

The writer is a Charlotte City Council member.

To say that economic devastation due to HB2 is a “false narrative” reveals that N.C. Budget Director Andrew Heath may be good at balancing the books, but inept at financial analysis.

He needs to put down his ledger and talk to the hourly workers in the hospitality industry, the professional recruiters, commercial developers, and furniture executives in High Point to determine if the impact of HB2 is more political than financial.

I would suggest these folks don’t consider themselves to be running in political or “elite circles,” but are just trying to earn a paycheck like most North Carolinians.

Julie Eiselt, Charlotte

It’s a shame that James represents me

In response to “Bill James did something offensive, again” (Aug. 8 Observer Editorial):

Here we go again Bill James, with your insulting and discriminating remarks about LGBT people.

Enough already, grow up.

I live in your district and it is a shame that you represent me because I have a totally different outlook about gay people. I respect each and every one, unlike you.

By the way, the U.S. Naval Academy your son attended doesn’t seem to have an issue with gay students attending.

Lorraine Stark, Matthews

New rules move us closer to fair pay

In response to “Business owners grapple with new overtime rules” (Aug. 9):

The old exemption level for overtime was last set in 1975 – over 40 years ago – at a rate that is now below the poverty line.

Then in 2004, the rules were actually loosened so that more employees could qualify as “supervisors” and be exempt from getting overtime pay.

While the new rules may not suit everyone, they represent a needed step in achieving a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

Vicki Taylor, Troutman

A fatal flaw in Trump’s economic plan

In response to “Trump spells out plans for tax cuts” (Aug. 9) and related articles:

Listened to Donald Trump’s plan for our economy on Monday.

Heard a lot of decrease revenue and increase spending. That kind of explains why many of his ventures went bankrupt.

Don Show, Charlotte

GOP must get behind Trump and mold him

Republican leaders who have abandoned Donald Trump lack the vision to understand why he won the primaries. He balked against old-style, crony politics, a style Hillary Clinton embodies.

They lack the fortitude to denounce the cronyism and favoritism that plague the system.

They must unite and empower Mr. Trump’s effort to change American government.

He speaks honestly, – maybe not appropriately – he delegates, communicates and is confident.

Be team players. Be leaders who help mold Mr. Trump. Do what’s best for America, and not what’s best for you.

John Davis, Lenoir

CEOs have many concerns to weigh

In response to Taylor Batten “Can CEOs find their voice?” (Aug. 6 Opinion):

You’ve understated the voice of the Charlotte Executive Leadership Council.

Many of the CEOs represent large corporations that serve or manage customer relationships.

They also have, first and foremost, the responsibility to protect the interest of their business, its shareholders, customers and employees, over political issues.

There are also regulatory relationships that, in some instances, need consideration before the corporation/institution engages in an issue.

Tim Gause, Cramerton

Women’s soccer deserves support too

In response to “Chamber CEO: Charlotte aspires to land MLS team” (Aug. 3) and related articles:

If women are excluded from a professional sports team development it will not sit well with me.

Men have their football, basketball, baseball, hockey, etc.

The most exciting soccer to me has been the American women’s soccer team.

Please convey to the Charlotte City Council that this should not, once again, be a one-way street to male sports support at the cost of ignoring women.

Carol Butler, Lake Wylie, S.C.