Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins is a public affairs radio show covering politics, news, education, arts, transportation, growth and everything in between in the Charlotte, North Carolina region. It airs at 9am and 9pm on 90.7fm WFAE, “Charlotte’s NPR News Source.” The conversation continues here and you are invited to add your opinions to the mix. Browse our page for information about Charlotte Talks and come back often to discuss the shows you hear.  Enjoy!

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Charlotte Talks’ Staff:
Host: Mike Collins
Executive Producer: Wendy Herkey
Producer: Tim Ross
Production Assistant: Erin Sutton
Engineer:  Jobie Sprinkle


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  1. I love that you guys have a blog. I’ll be curious to see how it gets used by you and the community.

    Peter McRae

  2. When you speak about countries like France that say they have about 50% in taxes, and say who in the USA will stand for that, please give estimates of what US folks pay in taxes, including federal income tax, Medicare, SS, etc., and state taxes and sales taxes. This would help us understand an apples-to-apples comparison. Thanks.

  3. At the very end of Charlotte’s re-zoning meeting, Councilor Michael Barns brought up the topic of Food Banks and his concern that the food banks are running unseasonably low perhaps due to rising food prices, rising gasoline prices and/or difficult financial times (home fore-closures, slowing economic growth, etc…) The council directed the city manager to report back to them regarding the status of the food banks:
    Are they running unseasonably low? Are they seeing more citizens in need? What are their specific needs?
    Since the next meeting will not occur until late July, as an immediate measure, the council is urging all citizens to donate food and/or money directly to our local food banks and/or through their local house of worship.
    I’d like to further suggest that all food banks contact the city manager directly 704-336-2241 (Phone)
    704-336-6644 (Fax) and that WFAE post contact information for our local Food Banks. Further, I’d like to encourage all citizens to contact their local councilors regarding how the city should address this issue. The council also suggested setting up a donation place at the Government Center. Why not expand this to all public facilities – libraries, schools, fire departments, police departments, Cats Station, and any other city location? Grocery Stores could also set up collection bins at every store year ’round rather than at just the holidays – at least until the food banks announce that they have adequate food supplies to meet their needs. Restaurants could give a 10% off – a free drink – for a donation. WFAE should follow up on this topic, giving this important issue an additional forum. Hopefully, our generosity will meet the surge in demand and, over time, as our economy improves, the need will decrease. Until then, in our country and especially in our city, none of our neighbors should go hungry.
    Thank you
    Vianne (Vi- long i * Ann)
    District 4

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  5. You could definitely see your enthusiasm in the paintings you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. Always follow your heart.

  6. I am interested in the Charlotte Talks interview with a man from the Raleigh area that went to Africa a various other places to install well pumps. I know this is vague at best but I hope you can help.


  7. Keep up the good work covering local issues. I especially appreciate healthcare, transportation, and the arts coverage.

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