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Editorial: With overreaching on both sides, start over on HB2

So once again the “knee-jerk” reaction rears its ugly head. The truth is that those on both sides of the base debate have legitimate concerns. However, the actions of the General Assembly in passing this bill have gone far beyond anything that would appropriately address the legitimate concerns.

— Eric Shock

Religious extremism. Political Pandering. Controlling the masses through fear. Institutionalized phobia. Unconstitutional sex discrimination. And religious extemism.

— Lori Stewart

“Some who voted for HB2 did not realize it went beyond the bathroom, a fact that opens the door to repeal or amendment. Several lawmakers have said they never intended to take away workers’ rights or bring down condemnation on the state from the business world.”

And yet, they voted for it anyway. Makes it somewhat troublesome to trust what anyone in Raleigh is doing if they’re only reading bills *they’re signing into law* after public uproar. Not to mention how comfortable ‘small government’ conservatives are with superceding local rights in the quest to legislate morality.

— John Patrick              Dandison

The lemmings followed the masses over the cliff.

— Ralph Walton

Excellent commentary.

— Kathy Vestal

Gov. McCrory and pals have used transphobia to rally their base of social conservatives, who are thrilled with HB2. They should be outraged by H765, known by detractors as the Pollution Protection Act, since it increases the chance of their children and grandchildren being born transgender or gay by exposure to endocrine disruptors.

— Karli Kalila

Facebook page asks Catawba to rescind Gov. McCrory’s degree

Just rescind all who disagree with you? Is that the plan now??? I am proud of his stand, but am also proud this is still America where we elect people who are true to their convictions!

— Sheila Cole

As I commented on the “rescind” Facebook page, I for one am proud that our governor is an alumnus and has an honorary degree. I, and I believe a host of others, applaud his stand for traditional values and would strongly resist any action to rescind his honorary degree.

The Charlotte City Council overplayed its hand with the wording of its bill, which it didn’t have the guts to put to a public vote, as it would have been shot down by a large margin. Others, of course, have a right to express their displeasure at the actions taken by Governor McCrory. I hope they allow those who feel differently the same right, in the name of “tolerance” and “inclusion,” without being accused of hate.

— Stuart Smith

Exactly! Catawba needs to stay out of politics. Not to mention, how many degrees of alum convicted of actual crimes have been recinded?

— Bill Gibbs

It’s sad how many people don’t understand that Charlotte’s ordinance was about protecting individuals from discrimination. We have laws on the books for sex offender actions in bathrooms. Those laws did not change.

— Carl Prine


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