Per­sis­tence at polls can im­pact shoot­ings

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion -

In re­sponse to “13 more dead; I feel help­less, frus­trated” (Nov. 9 Fo­rum):

Thurs­day morn­ing, the school where I teach per­formed a lock­down drill. As I, three teach­ers, and 30 stu­dents hud­dled qui­etly in a gym­na­sium closet, I Tara looked at Anas­tasi the faces of

the kids. I felt pro­foundly sorry that these 12-year-old chil­dren have to pre­pare for events such as mass shoot­ings.

How I voted, though, was pow­er­ful com­fort. Per­sis­tence and in­sis­tence are the tools we must use Tay­lor Bat­ten

Ed­i­to­rial Page Ed­i­tor

Peter St. Onge

Ed­i­to­rial Page As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor

The Demo­cratic Party has had a ma­jor­ity of the mem­bers of the Meck­len­burg County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers for the last five years.

The prop­erty tax rate was set at 82.32 cents

Du­mont in June

Clarke 2018, a .75

cent in­crease, pri­mar­ily to help fund the first year start-up costs of the ini­tial phase of a pre-Kinder­garten pro­gram for four year olds.

Prior to that, the Meck­len­burg County gen­eral prop­erty tax rate was flat – un­changed – for four years at 81.57 cents from fis­cal 2015 through fis­cal 2018.

Fo­rum writer Cliff Pas­sons might want to do a lit­tle re­search be­fore he de­clares Democrats are fa­mous for “rais­ing taxes and putting prop­erty out of reach for many Char­lot­teans.” Facts are stub­born things.

– Du­mont Clarke, Char­lotte

Nancy Webb Fo­rum Ed­i­tor

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