In his March 22 column “Obama, race and his opponents” Ned Barnett decried a presumed tendency toward racism among conservative opponents of the president. In effect, I think he created an umbrella argument whereby those who disagree with his worldview can be branded as racist, thus negating their argument by association rather than logic. I suspect George Orwell would be proud.
Regarding Ned Barnett’s March 22 column “Obama, race and his opponents”: Maybe racial bias would not be suspected in critics of President Obama if the manifestation of that criticism were not so blatantly disrespectful. Maybe if the criticism were leveled with, as Sen. John McCain expects from his critics, “ decorum and dignity,” racial bias would not be suspected.
This letter is a response to the medical deduction whitewash of what seniors do not remember about their tax forms by Lee Roberts, the state budget director. Were Roberts remarks’ directed to legislators or to us dumb folks, who are affected by the new law deleting the carryover of medical expenses from our Federal 1040? Roberts’ comments are not deserving of a detailed response. However, perhaps I should say I’ll overcome this disparity by using my “old” picture ID for the first time ever to vote next year.
Regarding the March 24 news article “Tax revenue shuffle officially on the table”: Expanding Medicaid is a very simple way to transfer money to rural areas that will sustain local institutions, increase the spending power of the poor and improve overall health and welfare. Better yet, this approach draws down new federal dollars and leaves our cities alone. The only obstacle is self-defeating partisanship.
After noticing the letters published March 22 about our new state income tax structure and reflecting on the decision of U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tills not to support Loretta Lynch for U.S. attorney general, I have the distinct feeling Republicans in the state General Assembly might have an unwelcome surprise in November 2016 provided senior citizens and African-American voters can find their photo identifications or birth certificates proving U.S. citizenship to obtain the necessary IDs.
Regarding the Under the Dome item “McCrory: ‘Great harm’ in Senate tax plan”: The governor is correct. The proposed Senate proposal to “redistribute” sales tax revenue to poorer counties at first blush sounds admirable.
Founded on principle, Republicans state they oppose many federal government giveaway programs based on their loathing of redistribution of wealth. Is that not what Sen. Harry Brown is proposing? Redistribution of the urban tax proceeds to the rural counties.
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The plan to redistribute tax revenue from larger, better-off counties to less affluent counties is a blatant violation of the North Carolina Constitution because it will deprive taxpayers in the larger counties from enjoying the fruits of their own labors.
As I was reading the March 25 news article “Sales tax plan may bring local rate increases,” I glanced out my window and was amazed to see a pig flying overhead. I then called my psychic friend who says she’s getting messages from the dastardly dead that they’re suddenly suffering frost bite.
I’m delighted to see that our state representatives have jumped onto the progressive bandwagon by their proposal to redistribute wealth (in the form of sales taxes) from the more affluent to poorer counties in our state.
The Wake County Board of Commissioners has a long history of using special committees to look into key community issues. Among the most memorable are the Blue Ribbon Committee on the Future of Wake County, the Facility Advisory Committee and the Growth Issues Task Force, which I chaired in 2008.
Hillary Clinton should give up her server to a select committee represented by her lawyer, a lawyer from the congressional committee that deals with this and nonpartisan representatives from the National Archives. A contract should be signed with all parties involved that anything that has nothing to do with national security should not be made public or investigated.
Regarding the proposal to change voting districts for Wake County commissioners: I moved to Wake Forest a year ago, and I voted in the November 2014 elections. When I was researching the candidates, I noticed that the Wake County commissioner for my district was not on the ballot, so I stopped researching the candidates.
In the interest of saving our state needed money, being proactive and in having enough magistrates to handle the work in the future, I hope our thoughtful and Christian legislators will consider passing legislation that mandates screening applicants in advance for magistrate positions to exclude those against Buddhist-Protestant unions, mixed-race (including African American-Caucasian but also any other undesired racially mixed) unions, Democrat-Republican unions, urban-rural unions or any other unions these public servants may object to out of their sincerely held beliefs.
Recently, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma made national headlines for a racist chant that launched a large-scale investigation. Though systematic racial issues surrounding Greek organizations are important to talk about, the conversation needs to be shifted.