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On Aug. 3, 2020 more than 100 current and former CEOs urged Congress to pass a relief bill to help small businesses through the pandemic. But talks are stalled and hopes for a compromise between the House and Senate have dwindled.

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To get a relief bill cut off the perks in D.C.

Our representatives in Congress cannot put a bill together to help our fellow citizens in this time of unparalleled economic suffering. What if: the salary, perks and all other forms of “gimmies” were stopped for them until something meaningful was done for those who are suffering financial ruin?

Suppose our president, congressional representatives, and their staff members received no paycheck, no private dining room, no limousine service, no government jets to fly them around, no medical insurance, no doctor on-call, no barbershop/hair salon, and none of the other benefits we don’t even know about. If all this stopped for them a solution would come quickly.

Cut it all off and let’s see what happens. By the way, the lost wages are not reinstated when the emergency is over. They are lost forever.

Bob Burroughs, Charlotte

Congress must override Trump

Donald Trump and Louis DeJoy are dismantling one of our constitutionally mandated institutions, the U.S. Postal Service — purely for political gain while synchronously, deliberately delaying delivery of life-sustaining medications and other items Americans need for their trades.

The irony of him having requested a mail-in ballot for himself should not be lost on the American people. The entire Congress should recognize this for what it is and generate a bicameral abatement bill guaranteed to override his inevitable veto.

The American people should demand this of all elected officials.

Eddie L. Hoover, Charlotte

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Dr. Eddie L. Hoover

Being a mega-donor is no guarantee

One would think that modernizing and cost saving would include a competent business model. Creating a mess and destroying morale are not part of good management. It appear that Louis DeJoy, our new postmaster general, needs a refresher at business school.

Being a mega-donor does not guarantee ability.

Douglas Sherrow, Mint Hill

Corportate America, make Nov. 3 a holiday

With this year arguably being the most important election in our lifetime, and the USPS already sounding alarms that it cannot guarantee mail-in ballots will arrive in time to be counted, corporate America should do the right thing to ensure every American has the opportunity to vote this year and make Nov. 3 a holiday.

With the pandemic sure still to be an issue, ultra-long lines at polling precincts are a certainty. No one should be surprised if it takes up to four hours to cast their votes.

Should corporate America decide otherwise, many voters will have to weigh taking unpaid time off from work against finding the time to vote. And it is not hard to imagine many people will decide they cannot afford to take the time to go and vote.

Edward Kulesa, Charlotte

Gun rights? I think about these kids

Regarding “2-year-old shot and killed in gun accident near Interstate 85, CMPD says,” (Aug. 16):

In one week, we’ve had a 5-year-old in Wilson, N.C. who died from a gunshot, a 2-year-old in serious condition in Charlotte from a gunshot wound, and another 2-year-old dead from a gunshot wound.

When gun owners refer to their “right” to own a gun, I want to know about the “rights” of the 5-year-old and 2-year-olds. The gunfire has taken away their “right” to live a full life.

Marcia Lampert, Charlotte

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Marcia Lampert

Retain conservative principles

Regarding Our View, “A quiet GOP as integrity slips away,” (Aug. 14):

If the Republican Party leaves you, walk away from it. Don’t give up your principles and join the Libertarians or Constitutionalists; recreate a proper alternative to liberalism.

Embrace the definition of “conservative;” you may find it refreshing.

A conservative would not arbitrarily commit to or deny an option. When presented with the risk of climate change, they would say “I don’t believe it, but if there’s a possibility of catastrophe, I’ll do what I can to mitigate it.”

A conservative would not stonewall a decision to the detriment of everyone. They would negotiate a compromise and “lose” today to “win” tomorrow.

William C. Barnes, Charlotte

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William C. Barnes

Possible solution: Hire mask bouncers

Even I find it extremely stressful just thinking about the poor store employee who is thrust into a door security position to monitor customers trying to gain entry without a mask on and asking them politely if they’d like one only to be met with hostility.

Why not hire trained individuals such as security guards, off-duty police and, yes, bouncers who are out of jobs right now and could use the income?

With their training, experience and physical appearance they’re better equipped than a random employee who in her wildest dreams didn’t sign up for a job such as this.

Kris Solow, Charlotte

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