Letters to the Editor

1/16 Letters: Toyota didn’t come to NC because of ‘blue state’ regulations

Regarding “Auto plant loss leaves NC disappointed yet undaunted” (Jan. 11): It is no surprise that the new Toyota and Mazda plant is headed to Alabama despite the fact that we offered larger incentives. This will not be the last business that we fail to capture. It would be clear to business leaders that North Carolina is a purple state rapidly turning blue.

When we become blue, companies will inevitably face more regulation, and plant workers and management will face higher personal income taxes and a higher cost of living. In addition, businesses that spring up to support a large industrial plant would face higher taxes, raising overall auto company costs.

One look around the United States reveals that higher taxes and a bad business environment always come with being “blue.” Recent transplants to our state are mostly from already blue states, and many were looking for a lower cost of living and less onerous taxes. Unfortunately, many bring unchanged politics with them and should not be surprised that they are recreating that which they fled.

Barry Buehler


‘Son of Crow’ alive

Regarding “Democrats are taking things too Farr” (Jan. 10): The appointment of a U.S. District Court judge, a lifetime position, has too much gravity, import and consequence for us not to consider a candidate’s historical involvement in the disenfranchisement of entire populations of Americans by virtue of their ethnicity, even if the involvement was by association only.

J. Peder Zane pronounced Jim Crow to be dead; but it’s cynical to deny knowing that the Son of Crow is still thuggishly stomping around, continuing his parent’s legacy.

Andrea Gomez


Tax reform bonuses

Regarding “Wal-Mart raises its hourly starting wage to $11, hands out bonuses of up to $1,000” (Jan. 11): Wal-Mart becomes the latest U.S. corporation to announce employee bonuses since the Republican-led Congress passed the tax-relief bill in December lowering the corporate income tax with no Democratic support. Waste Management, Comcast, AT&T and Boeing have previously announced bonuses for their employees.

To show their solidarity with the party of high taxes, offshoring and economic stagnation, every employee at these companies who votes Democratic should immediately submit their bonuses to the IRS. They have an account already in place for those who wish to donate to the federal treasury.

Jane Wagstaff