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In response to “0-78” (Feb. 17):

Local investigation highlights the need for newspapers

The Citizens Review Board article is perfect example of why we need newspapers, and why their vitality should be of concern to us all. “The Internet” doesn’t do important local stories of this kind.

Dr. Ralph W. Milligan

Charlotte


In response to “Foxx: Reckless act by N.C. legislature” (Feb. 17):

Was that a threat coming from Mayor Foxx about airport?

My oh my! Mayor Anthony Foxx is not in favor of the proposed Charlotte Regional Airport Authority. You quote him as saying “I wouldn’t take it as a given that the city would be so willing to invest.” That certainly sounds to me like a threat.

May we look forward to another inane editorial like the one you published when Gov. Pat McCrory “threatened” the city of Charlotte recently?

After all, fair is fair.

Todd M. Smith

Concord

N.C. leaders use ALEC agenda, seek to privatize airport

Why does state government want to take control of CLT? Simple. So it can be privatized.

This is the agenda of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which according to their by-laws requires their state chairs to get all ALEC model legislation introduced in their legislatures. Their state chair is Fred Steen. Other members in our General Assembly include Thom Tillis, Phil Berger, Paul Stam, Ruth Samuelson, Tom Apodaca, Tim Moffitt.

Look at the fracking law proposals, voter ID proposals, Medicaid and education reforms, and many laws already passed in North Carolina. You will see the imprint of the “Model Legislation” written by ALEC’s politician and corporate members – behind closed doors.

Ron Rabatsky

Waxhaw


In response to “MeckLINK gets green light to manage mental health funds” (Feb. 17):

Manager Harry Jones wisely acted to defend MeckLINK

The writer is District 4 representative on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners:

The quotations in your otherwise excellent article about MeckLINK create a misleading impression that the Board of County Commissioners decided to engage attorney Dan Bishop to review and prepare the county to fight the MeckLINK reassignment decision. County Manager Harry Jones wisely did so on his own initiative, relying on his authority as county manager and the Board’s general direction to him to continue preparing MeckLINK to go live.

When the board met to consider further how to proceed, we had well informed legal advice about the weakness of the state’s position and the county’s options. The decision to continue challenging the MeckLINK reassignment, although politically courageous, was on legal grounds a “no brainer.”

Dumont Clarke

Charlotte


In response to “Too much fuss made over Pope Benedict’s resignation” (Feb. 17 Forum):

Ridicule of pope is offensive; What if I poked fun at prophet?

Mr. Khan, I take great offense to your comments about the pope. I am one of those “fools” you refer to in your diatribe. Pathological? Hardly so.

I agree with your assessment of the killing of innocent human beings along with the rampant immorality in this world. However, your list failed to include suicide bombers, terrorists and those that endorse honor killings, stonings and the oppression of women in general. What would you say if I spoke badly of the Prophet Muhammad?

William Lech

Huntersville


In response to “A take on partisanship, from one of its victims”(Taylor Batten’s column, Feb. 17):

Liberals, not Republicans, are crying over defeat of Sen. Lugar

Boo-hoo. Another great Republican moderate – Sen. Richard Lugar – taken down by the bad ol’ tea party. But who’s crying here? Not Republicans but Observer liberals.

Lugar might have died boots-on in his Washington office but for one thing: $16.5 trillion in debt and the looming bankruptcy of our expansive social programs. One group acknowledges the coming collapse and wants to avoid it – tea party types. The other side wants 36 more years of sipping tea with “My good friend Senator Pelosi.”

Kent Ashton

Concord


How about business property tax for stadium improvements

I would support a tax increase for improvements at Bank of America Stadium, a business property, as long as those funds came from taxes levied against all existing and future business properties. A business property improvement tax could fund a reserve from which ALL city business property owners could receive grants for property improvement. Owner(s) of Bank America Stadium would have to pay the tax also.

Oneal R. Wallace

Charlotte

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