Read­ers sound off on the pro­posed con­sti­tu­tional amend­ments

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion - Com­piled by the N and O ed­i­to­rial board – Henry Kidd Raleigh – Pa­trick Con­way Chapel Hill – Richard and Carolyn Dureg­ger Kitty Hawk – Mary Jane Marsh­banks Buies Creek – Steve Hop­per Efland

have long been the foun­da­tion of con­ser­va­tion. Through the duck stamp, Wildlife Restora­tion Act, and Ducks Un­lim­ited (DU), fund­ing con­ser­va­tion has been em­braced by those who love and en­joy the pur­suit of na­ture. There is no guar­an­tee this model will en­dure. North Carolina DU is pleased our state is draw­ing at­ten­tion to the role hunt­ing and fish­ing play in con­serv­ing na­ture. Hunt­ing, an­gling, and trap­ping sup­port over 35,000 jobs in the state and con­trib­ute over $2.3 bil­lion to its econ­omy. In 2017, sportsmen and women con­trib­uted over $56 mil­lion to con­ser­va­tion fund­ing in North Carolina through the pur­chase of hunt­ing and fish­ing li­censes and re­lated equip­ment. DU and part­ners have con­served over 130,000 acres of habi­tat in North Carolina and over 14 mil­lion acres across North Amer­ica.

On be­half of 30,000 North Carolina Ducks Un­lim­ited mem­bers, I sup­port the ef­fort to ac­knowl­edge and pro­tect our hunt­ing and fish­ing tra­di­tions. As a hunter, an­gler, and North Carolinian, I ask you to vote YES for the Hunt­ing and Fish­ing Con­sti­tu­tional Amend­ment. amend­ment to cap the per­mis­si­ble state in­come tax rate at 7 per­cent. This is a bad idea.

The state govern­ment has im­por­tant re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to pro­vide qual­ity health, ed­u­ca­tion and pub­lic safety ser­vices. Those costs rise dur­ing a re­ces­sion. The state govern­ment is then faced with fall­ing rev­enues and ris­ing ex­pen­di­tures. Ad­just­ing the in­come tax rate is an im­por­tant tool in the state leg­is­la­ture’s pol­icy arse­nal in that case, pre­ferred to rais­ing the sales tax rate or sac­ri­fic­ing qual­ity ser­vices. the in­ter­net, any­one (non­res­i­dent, felons, il­le­gal im­mi­grants) can read­ily ac­cess this in­for­ma­tion and use our names to vote in Dare County and prob­a­bly through­out the state of North Carolina. We have no faith in elec­tion re­sults in North Carolina be­cause of the real pos­si­bil­ity of voter fraud. We sup­port the voter ID amend­ment now on the bal­lot to pre­vent voter fraud. other ac­tions by the Gen­eral Assem­bly have al­ready shown that some law­mak­ers in­tend to de­crease voter par­tic­i­pa­tion in govern­ment.

The leg­is­la­tors have not al­lowed polls to open on days most eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to many, in­clud­ing African-Amer­i­cans. Leg­is­la­tors have ger­ry­man­dered districts so care­fully that can­di­dates run un­op­posed, deny­ing vot­ers a choice. When courts found cer­tain districts un­con­sti­tu­tional, leg­is­la­tors spent hun­dreds of thou­sands of tax dol­lars on ap­peal after ap­peal so that reme­dies for the un­con­sti­tu­tional districts could not be fin­ished be­fore this Novem­ber elec­tion.

This amend­ment is not writ­ten to pre­vent fraud by vot­ers. This amend­ment is fraud against vot­ers – the real voter fraud. feel en­ti­tled to make these com­ments about the de­plorable state of pol­i­tics in North Carolina. The elected House and Se­nate Repub­li­cans have be­come noth­ing more than com­manded drones.

I am dis­gusted with the power-bro­kers in Raleigh con­trol­ling ev­ery­thing with an iron fist. The elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives are show­ing up and do­ing as they are told and none have shown any back­bone at all. They just want to get re-elected thus they won’t rock the boat. Why even have them if they aren’t do­ing any­thing.

The ab­surd con­sti­tu­tional amend­ments are a prime ex­am­ple of the ma­nip­u­la­tion of the elec­tion sys­tem. It’s dis­gust­ing be­hav­ior, which I can­not sup­port. I urge all NC vot­ers to re­ject this leg­is­la­ture and elect rep­re­sen­ta­tives who are not so par­ty­blind and who will not meekly ac­qui­esce.

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