Letters to the editor – Saturday (1-7-2012)
DNC should boost workers, small businesses in N.C.
In September 2012, Charlotte will be the host for the Democratic National Convention. The convention typically provides an economic boosts to host locations; for example, the 2008 convention in Denver funneled close to $160 million to the local economy.
However, it is a shame that because our state is a right-to-work state, giving workers the ability to decide whether or not to unionize, the DNC plans on taking advantage of this and granting these convention contracts to union workers outside of North Carolina. President Obama continues to maintain his status of wanting to “create jobs”; however, his decision not to generate job opportunity when he has the chance, especially in a state where the unemployment rate is over 10 percent, higher than the national average, goes against this proclaimed stance.
For this reason, I am grateful for the passage of Resolution 151. This resolution, passed by members in the North Carolina House of Representatives, urges the DNC to instead offer these contracts to eligible workers in North Carolina. During a time of economic hardships, it is vital for members of the Senate to also support the North Carolina business climate and local workers, implementing the same resolution.
— Nathan Ward
Tired of fight over office
I read today’s (Jan. 5) editorial titled, “It’s time for decision” (on school office site). Since January 2008, people have been fighting over this location. Then, I read Jim Sides’ comments on the central office. I am tired of hearing something from each corner of his mouth. He said, when he and Carl Ford went to Cornerstone and met with Pastor Bill Godair, and I quote from the article in the Post, “We’re here unofficially.” He asked, “Is this still an option? Is the property still for sale, and if it is, what’s a concrete price?”
Sounds to me like he was giving Mr. Godair the impression that they were interested.
Don’t you think downtown would be better for the entire community and the people who work for the school system? They get, maybe, an hour for lunch, and driving from the Webb Road location would eat up most of that time. Being in the downtown area would help restaurants and the economy for business owners, and probably would bring in more business to fill those ugly stores that are sitting empty.
Help give the people a break, quit fighting over this and solve the problem. More politics are involved than you know about. Get to work and help put this issue to bed.
— Shirley Alexander