Regarding “Tax overhaul could thwart plans for affordable housing” (Nov. 30): Since neither North Carolina senator reads the local paper of the capital of the state they represent, maybe their constituents could point out a few things. The House version of the tax bill they so strongly support would eliminate tax-exempt status for bonds that allow private investors to be eligible for those wonderful tax breaks they advocate for their cronies.
Over half of the affordable housing units in Raleigh which received approval last spring would no longer be available under the House bill. Where are these people going to go? Perhaps they will move to Tillis’ or Burr’s home towns. Then we learn that “House bill would cut tax credits for hiring disabled workers” (Nov. 30). And the consequences of the bill could go further by cutting Medicaid funding. So disabled people will have a harder time finding employment. And this bill is supposedly all about jobs, jobs, jobs? I guess when the party leader mocks disabled people in public, they don’t give a fig about the disabled.
The article goes on to say that neither of the North Carolina senators responded to a request for comment on whether they would support a final version of the bill that included eliminating the tax credits for the disabled. Once again, avoiding the public who pay their salaries and whom they claim to represent. Based on their past performance, I expect no less. I still, however, wonder how they sleep at night.
Regarding “What should the Raleigh logo look like? Let’s try traffic jams” (Nov. 26): The author rightly decries the “City of Oaks” image foisted on our historic capital by the bureaucrats, and I too ask, “And this cost the taxpayers $226,000?”
The pricy new, blandly abstract “oak” just needs one finishing touch – the “several rectangles” representing leaves should each be stamped with a dollar sign, since Raleigh leaders apparently think that money really does grow on trees. $226,000 could have covered a lot of shared bikes, bus fuel and emergency rent grants. How disappointing.
Treat crisis differently
I agree with the author of “Pregnant addicts need help, not jail” (Nov. 26) that opioid abuse among pregnant women is a “treatable health condition that should not be criminalized.” The opioid crisis is indeed running rampant in the United States, but the way to treat it is through education, support from the community or family and increased government funding for treatment.
Nobody becomes addicted to these drugs purposefully, but as a means to combat pain. Until we stop treating the victims of this disease like criminals and try to define it as a social problem, which through proper education and counseling can be solved, it will grow and become much worse.