Letters to the editor – Tuesday – 3-29-16
Memo to NC voters: Laws
like HB 2 have consequences
The writer is responding to a story in Sunday’s Post, “Corporations criticize law: But little concrete action yet in wake of NC legislation.”
This paragraph by Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times should be made into front page headline news with emphasis on the word voters!
“As for the collateral victims of boycotts in places like North Carolina — the residents whose employment prospects are lost or limited because of this law — they deserve sympathy. But politics is a collective endeavor. McCrory won election as governor in 2012 with 55 percent of the vote and is up for reelection this year. The hard-right Republican state legislature is a creation of the North Carolina electorate, and voters have the right and the obligation to let their views become known.
“If they approve of a law that drives businesses and jobs out of the state, it’s their choice. If those businesses do more than pay lip service to nondiscrimination, which is all they’ve done thus far, that will remind the voters that choices have consequences.”
— Dwayne Dvoracek
Bad for business, people
The following letter was sent to Gov. Pat McCrory.
I am writing with concern about legislation you signed into law this week, H.B. 2, which has overturned protections for LGBT people and sanctioned discrimination across North Carolina. Put simply, H.B. 2 is not a bill that reflects the values of our company, our country or even the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians.
I am disappointed in your decision to sign this discriminatory legislation into law. The business community, by and large, has consistently communicated to lawmakers at every level that such laws are bad for our employees and bad for business. This is not a direction in which states move when they are seeking to provide successful, thriving hubs for business and economic development.
We believe that H.B. 2 will make it far more challenging for businesses across the state to recruit and retain the nation’s best and brightest workers and attract the most talented students from across the nation. It will also diminish the state’s draw as a destination for tourism, new businesses and economic activity.
Discrimination is wrong, and I believe it has no place in North Carolina or anywhere in our country. As a company that prides itself on being inclusive and welcoming to all, we strongly urge you and the leadership of North Carolina’s legislature to repeal this law in the upcoming legislative session.
— Dyke Messinger
The writer is president and CEO of Power Curbers in Salisbury.
None of the above
The writer is responding to Monday’s My Turn column by Bruce La Rue, “Can I just choose none of the above?”
Couldn’t have said it better myself. Our country, the entire world, is in one “mell of a hess!” And it’s gonna get worse.
— Patty Yost