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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Who will control airport?” (Feb. 6):

Control of Charlotte’s airport should remain in local hands

In a democracy, legislators – at all levels – are elected to enact laws intended to solve problems. That is the only reason to pass a law.

I implore N.C. legislators to explain what problem is being solved by the removal of local control of the highly successful Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Jack Wilson

Cornelius


In response to “Bill would give McCrory, legislature control of some state boards” (Feb. 6 CharlotteObserver.com):

Enough already, Gov. McCrory, with the GOP power grabs

The reign of King McCrory has begun. All hail the GOP, down with the working class and hooray for the landed gentry.

King McCrory shall select those who are “like-minded” to serve on the boards and commissions. He shall decree that voters’ rights have been changed, that those who’ve been laid off from their jobs shall scavenge for food and support for their families, and that his former employer, Duke Energy, gets its rate hike.

Only the “like-minded” shall be allowed in the palace.

Will a moat and drawbridge be forthcoming?

Kathy Casey

Charlotte


In response to “4 in GOP join streetcar fight” (Feb. 6) and related articles:

Stop the streetcar nonsense; too costly, use buses instead

The proposed streetcar project will cost $119 million for 2.5 miles. Do the math – that’s over $9,015 per linear foot. This is outrageous!

Mayor Anthony Foxx suggests that people’s objection to the streetcar project has to do with its location.

The fact is that any location will serve only a very small part of Charlotte. Yet, all Charlotteans would have to pay through the nose for a system that will not benefit them in any way.

Buses can serve this need in a sustainable way. Stop the foolish streetcar project!

David Cooke

Charlotte

Expect ‘meddling’ if you take federal, state money for transit

If Mayor Foxx and others don’t want the governor meddling in the transit issues then don’t take the money.

A very simple solution to the problem.

Bill Lane

Polkville

Foxx pulled the race card; issue isn’t race, it’s cost vs. value

It never fails! When Democrats run into strong opposition on a pet project out comes the race card and the war on poor people.

That’s just not the case, Mr. Mayor.

The 2.5-mile toy train will not have the economic impact on the community that justifies the expense.

The idea of mass transit is to move mass, and a streetcar running 2.5 miles will just be a novelty. We already have plenty of publicly supported buses driving around empty all over Charlotte.

Richard A. Bobay Jr.

Charlotte


Much savings to be gained in the legalization of illegal drugs

All my life I’ve been an advocate for strict enforcement of drug laws. Listening to a retired prison warden interviewed on the radio changed my mind.

He postulated that “if we can’t stop or stem the flow of illegal drugs in a super-max prison, how do we think we can stop or stem it in a free and open society.”

Let’s legalize drugs and control them similar to alcohol. It’s not Nirvana, but an intelligent alternative to the current situation – crime, costly prisons, not to mention lost tax revenue.

How many more years of losing this war will we endure?

Ed Gerard

Charlotte


I’m all for having armed teachers, others in my school

The writer is an East Mecklenburg High School senior.

Armed teachers and volunteers in schools are exactly what we need. In the event of a shooting this would give schools a chance to stop the criminal.

Having armed school members would deter criminals from acting in the first place due to the presence of a gun. They’d be less likely to attack a defended victim than a defenseless one.

The more time a criminal has, the more damage he/she can do. Allowing guns would reduce response time and eliminate the situation sooner.

William Cornett

Charlotte


In response to Sen. Phil Berger’s “Lower taxes help N.C. win battle for jobs” (Jan. 30 Opinion):

Regressive sales tax will lead

to increase in poverty, crime

Sen. Phil Berger should have spent more time learning basic college economics and less time memorizing tea party buzz words.

Sales taxes are highly regressive, and not in any way progressive. This isn’t a liberal view, or an elitist view. This is the view of every economics professor.

Any state that has cheap labor will have companies willing to take advantage of them.

The problem is that with cheap labor you get higher poverty rates, more crime, more divorces, more domestic violence, more incarceration.

The regressive sales taxes proposed by Republicans will just magnify the negatives.

Bob Harrison

Wingate

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