Charlotte needs to do more to help working people who need homes


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Homeless advocates and volunteers interview a homeless person in their tent on January 30, 2020 during the annual 'Point in Time' screening of the homeless near Uptown Charlotte.

Homeless advocates and volunteers interview a homeless person in their tent on January 30, 2020 during the annual ‘Point in Time’ screening of the homeless near Uptown Charlotte.

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homeless workers

Walking to my early morning train, I saw a last generation Ford parked in the parking lot. I had seen the same car in the same place for weeks. The pillow and laundry basket inside it made me think it belonged to one of the many people who live off their cars and go to work every morning in Charlotte.

At the Third Street station, I saw a young man waking up under a blanket on the platform, his toolbox at his side. Another homeless worker.

This needs to be addressed. Working people should be able to afford their apartment.

Gillian Cox, Charlotte

Burr and Tillis

The author is a nurse.

When insulin was discovered in 1921, the property rights sells for $3 and drug companies were allowed to do it for free. It was done to help those who needed insulin rather than profit from their misfortune. senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr had the opportunity to help all of their constituents by limiting out-of-pocket payments for insulin to $35 per month. Instead, they chose to put the party above their voters.

North Carolina residents must choose between paying for their life-saving medication or room and board. How will they get their constituents to vote for them if they go blind or are on dialysis?

James Blackwell, Hunterville

FBI raid

The FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump‘s home is unfortunate. One of his campaign promises was to drain the swamp and dismantle the “deep state.”

Years ago, the FBI and the Justice Department were considered honest and fair. Today, loyalty to our country, our laws, and a just justice system do not seem to be their primary concerns.

This mass must be cleared from top to bottom.

Jim Cherry, Charlotte

inflation reduction

Is it true that the Inflation Reduction Act will “destroy innovation, raise consumer costs and worsen inflation,” as some Republicans say? Only in theory. The truth I’ve seen is that companies will continue to seek profits and invest in equipment and staff as needed. When it’s time for a raise, they complain about the Inflation Reduction Act because Republicans paved the way for them to offer it as a reason for minimum wage increases—all while raking in their annual bonuses.

Paula Ryan, Charlotte

social districts

Regarding “Charlotte Council Votes on Alcohol Welfare Districts” (11 August):

Social quarters where people can take their alcoholic drinks from restaurants while strolling benefit small businesses and tourism. However, there is one downside that I hope Charlotte City Council will address: the increasing use of non-recyclable plastics.

If we are the NC city that creates social districts that don’t increase plastic pollution exposure, it will be a win-win for us and the environment.

The “social district cups” should be recyclable or reusable. Clearly marked places to put these cups should also be part of the plan.

Justine Busto, Charlotte

numbers and test results

Regarding “The state budget could cost some NC directors thousands of dollars in salaries this year” (August 7):

NC principals’ pay is already tied to school test scores. Now some on the State Board of Education want to tie teacher salaries to student performance. (9 Aug) Let’s take the “motivation” part of this thinking a step further: Base NC lawmakers’ pay on student test scores.

Claude Underwood, Charlotte

HOA boards

Regarding “Are relationships between HOAs and residents deteriorating? Here’s why experts think so.” (August 7):

Those serving on HOA boards should be required to provide evidence of training and handling large sums of money. They shouldn’t be volunteers who serve to do their pet projects and then leave.

In the 16 years I’ve seen too many people in HOA boards not knowing what they’re doing. I served on four boards and gave up. You are either seen as a dictator or as a nice neighbor who does little.

Jane Francisco, Charlotte

Clean Energy Jobs

The Observer recently reported that more and more countries are supporting offshore wind projects because of their economic potential. jobs and Renewable energies – that’s a win/win.

The same applies to solar energy.

It was tough throughout history when people lost their jobs as industries developed. The smarter ones adapted and moved to the new jobs.

Poorer rural areas have the most to gain: local taxes on wind and solar projects, rent payments to property owners, manufacturing and installation contracts, maintenance contracts, etc. And who knows? Clean energy jobs could also save the planet.

Jane Taylor, Charlotte

I-77 commuters

In response to an August 7th forum letter about SC commuters…. My wife and I are retired so we don’t travel from Tega Cay to Uptown Charlotte often. Returning home via I-77 South, I noticed that a tremendous number of drivers from North Carolina go to South Carolina for work, cheaper gas and fun. So, let’s be honest and stop arguing. Let’s all share and share.

Jeff Kanner, Tega Cay


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