Letters to the Editor

OT rule is yet another burdensome federal regulation

Coy Powell
Coy Powell

Yet another onerous federal regulation

In response to “About 900 county staffers now eligible for OT” (Aug. 24):

Whether it’s 900 county employees or a large industry, it’s a regulation – not a law!

Laws concern areas that our elected officials have thought about, debated and voted on as being good for us to abide by as we go about our daily lives.

Regulations, while having the force of law, are set out by some of the 1.4 million unelected federal bureaucrats who continually increase the overall burden on society to pursue our dreams, our liberty.

How big a burden?

The Federal Register contained over 81,000 pages at the end of 2015 OMG!

Coy Powell, Charlotte

U.S. is overdue for stricter DWI laws

In response to “Grandmother killed in wreck involving driver with multiple DWIs” (Aug. 23):

The senseless loss of Cecelia Buitrago de Gonzalez’s life at age 79, killed by a driver with two previous impaired convictions, as well as a third case still pending, was avoidable.

In Germany, laws surrounding driving while intoxicated are much stricter.

The time is overdue for courageous politicians to stop senseless DWI highway fatalities.

James Proper, Mint Hill

Create tag for deaf drivers to display

In response to “Public asked to wait for facts on shooting” (Aug. 24):

Police officers aren’t clairvoyant.

The state should offer hearing impaired drivers a hang tag, similar to the ones used by handicapped drivers.

Joyce McLaren, Terrell

No basis in fact for Obama, flood outrage

In response to “Remember Obama’s Katrina response? (Aug. 24 Forum):

Those who complain that President Obama did not immediately go to Louisiana areas affected by recent flooding need to check the facts.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards asked Obama to wait a week or two before coming to his state because local police and other first responders would have to be diverted from disaster relief to provide security for a presidential visit.

Gov. Edwards also said that Louisiana is getting a quick and able response from FEMA and other federal agencies.

Even a brief peek outside the right-wing news bubble reveals that the latest gripe about Obama has no basis in reality – just like so many complaints before it.

James Bolin, Charlotte

Voting Trump? Check your moral compass

When someone tells me they can’t vote for Hillary Clinton due to “moral issues,” I get it. Clinton does “raise some flags.”

But when such a person then informs me they are going to support Donald Trump... Really? That is a moral decision?

If that’s the way you “think,” I suggest you get your moral compass adjusted.

Mark Selleck, Waxhaw

Policy Collaboratory raises alarms for me

In response to “Push for environmental policy causes unease at UNC” (Aug. 21):

Our conservative state legislature has now through law created a way to cover its policy behind with the cloak of the academic gown.

I wish I could honestly say we should wait and see. But the N.C. Policy Collaboratory at UNC Chapel Hill already smells given its origin and its “without walls” mission link to science and policy – a link to Jones Street in Raleigh.

It’s another perplexing day in the life of my alma mater.

John H. Clark, Charlotte

Cooper is doing his job, following the law

In response to Taylor Batten “Amid whiffs, a McCrory attack that sticks?” (Aug. 21 Opinion):

While it is true that the attorney general’s responsibility is to advise and defend the state, it is also his responsibility to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State.

These responsibilities have come to be at odds with one another, and now the Republicans are claiming that N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper is not doing his job.

It needs to be said that he is, in fact, doing his job by choosing the overriding priority of not defending an unconstitutional, politically motivated law he knows will not stand up in federal court – as he has already advised them.

Dan Ericson, Matthews