When Gov. Roy Cooper explained why he would veto the Republican-backed budget plan, he got straight to the heart of what is wrong with our Republican legislators. He said that the budget plan values corporate tax breaks over classrooms, gimmicks over guaranteed school construction, and political ideology over people.

I came into North Carolina from another state as a registered Republican. I soon recognized some political things that seemed wrong to me, and I have voted exclusively for Democratic legislators since I got here.

There are a lot of poor people in North Carolina, and it seems that the Republican legislators want to keep them that way. They refuse to expand Medicaid. They cut unemployment compensations. By raising the sales tax, they, in effect, raised taxes on the bottom 40 percent at the same time that they were cutting taxes for the top 5 percent. They removed many poor people from food stamp programs. They cut child care subsidies and slashed dental care programs for poor kids.

What I don’t understand is why “the people” keep re-electing them. They are not there “for the people.” They are there to please the wealthy and the corporations that donate to them.

Ken Owens, Pinehurst

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ken leary

Yes, the sales tax was voted in after voters rejected it the first time. Then a concerted effort was made by The Pilot and Sinclair to convince the voters they were too stupid and uninformed to know what they had done. The sales tax was and is a regressive tax. The reason the government in power in North Carolina exists is that those involved have no integrity. Cheating, lying, and buying privileges is common, acceptable behavior. And the people who vote for the cheating, lying and privileged "leaders" obviously identify and relate to the system as it exists. You want to explain your comment Conrad?

Ed Pieczynski

Republicans didn't raise the sales tax the voters did by an overwhelming margin.

Conrad Meyer

C'mon man. Can't the pilot keep letters to the editor straight over time?

Seems like child's play to a third grader.

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