Readers sound off on the proposed constitutional amendments
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.