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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Lawmakers push change for airport” (Feb. 7):

Politicians running city, airport do a poor job; time for change

The airport is too important to the region to allow politics and poor management to ruin what we have. It needs to be run as a business, not a bureaucracy.

An independent authority is the way to go.

Decisions coming out of this City Council do not inspire confidence – for example, raising taxes to help pay for stadium improvements. The mayor himself does not inspire confidence as he continues to push for the streetcar while we have buses.

The city is rotting from the outside in due to the focus on the center city at the expense of the suburbs.

Frank Burns

Matthews


In response to “I’m all for having armed teachers, others in my school” (Feb. 7 Forum):

More guns in schools not the answer; just look at Columbine

Being a high school student, Forum writer William Cornett may not remember this little tidbit: There was an armed security officer at Columbine High School in 1999 and he even exchanged gunfire with the shooters. It didn’t stop them from killing 12 students and a teacher, and injuring 21 others.

More guns are not the answer for a society already soaked in blood.

L.B. Pope

Mint Hill

In response to “Gun bans not the solution to violence” (Feb. 7 Viewpoint):

Debate over gun control has been taken way off track

It’s hard to imagine how the debate over gun control could be any more distorted and dumbed-down.

Courtland Milloy’s piece on the uselessness of banning assault rifles completely fails to mention that the real danger of these weapons is the high-capacity magazines that go with them.

It’s the ability of a weapon to kill large numbers of people that we should be focused on, not their aesthetics.

The argument against banning assault rifles and high-capacity magazines is generally that almost any gun, no matter how deadly, should be legal or else they will confiscate all our guns and gut the Second Amendment.

Even elected officials are spouting this nonsense. If this level of political discourse prevails about sensible gun regulations, heaven help us all.

Pat McCoy

Charlotte


End goal of Congress is to privatize mail delivery

Starting in 2010, Congress required that the U.S. Postal Service make advanced funding of its retirement and medical benefits into the year 2040. No other federal agency had this requirement.

The USPS had a 2012 operating loss of $16 billion. Of that, $11 billion went to the advanced benefit funding requirement.

It’s my view that the congressional leadership intends to privatize mail delivery. But first they have to break the system.

For those of you who are complaining about losing Saturday delivery, just wait until private sector corporations start cutting services and gouging you on the price of stamps.

Mel Steiner

Hudson


In response to “Phil Mickelson’s tax talk exactly what this country needs” (Feb. 7 Opinion):

Tarkenton made poor case for lower tax rates; ignored facts

In his For the Record column Fran Tarkenton made a case for lower corporate and individual tax rates. But he neglected to say that the effective tax rates that corporations actually pay is much lower than the published rate. Nor did he note the number of Fortune 500 firms that pay zero federal taxes.

Mr. Tarkenton accuses the feds of “suffocating regulations. Stifling energy costs.”

He does not appear to calculate any health and health care savings that energy regulation yields from cleaner air to breathe and cleaner water for drinking.

A cynic has been defined as one who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. If the shoe fits, wear it.

Tom E. Bowers

Charlotte


In response t o “Blackmailed by fine print” (Feb. 7 Viewpoint):

Lawsuits, lack of common sense led to all that fine print

Op-ed columnist Margaret Jane Ragin’s argument against fine print waivers is so weak I’m surprised a law professor wrote it.

Whose fault is it if little Jimmy breaks his arm on the bouncy? Way too many parents will huff that the bouncy owner is responsible. That’s why the bouncy owner has to spell it out: Jimmy could get hurt here, do you understand?

Read the fine print on your next cup of take-out coffee. It likely will include the fine print “Caution: Contents may be hot.”

We all know why that’s there.

Bill Yoder

Charlotte


Why build Coulwood sidewalks in the midst of this recession?

My Coulwood neighborhood is over 50 years old. We have one elementary and one middle school, both with short sidewalks in front.

For the past several months work crews have been in the neighborhood digging up yards, pouring concrete and building sidewalks. We never had any problem getting to school before, so why now?

Expensive footbridges have been built, not to mention the tree-cutting and dug up yards.

I thought there was a shortage of funds, and a recession. Surely this could’ve been delayed until the economy was better.

Richard Lynch

Charlotte

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