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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to 'Airport authority bill hurtles ahead' (Feb. 21) and related articles:

Rucho wrong to dismiss study; too many jobs, dollars at stake

Did Sen. Bob Rucho actually say that transferring control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport requires no study?

We have one of the busiest airports in the country, which impacts tens of thousands of jobs, millions of travelers and hundreds of millions of dollars, yet there is no reason to take time for a reasonable study?

By all means, let's rush into an uninformed decision. Thanks for your brilliant 'leadership.'

Jason A. McGrath

Charlotte

Push to wrestle away control of airport prompted by jealousy

I honestly don't know what the best long-term management structure is for an airport. However, it's obvious that the rush to wrest management of Charlotte's very successful airport from long-time city control and reduce the city's influence to minority status is a smackdown of Charlotte.

This is not an ideological issue.

Why it's being led by area legislators, I can't imagine. And I can only guess that support by those from other regions is out of simmering jealousy over Charlotte's dynamism.

If this issue ever makes it to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk, it’ll be a good test of what he's made of.

Jim Lang

Charlotte


In response to "Bush was taken to task over gas prices, yet Obama never is" (Feb. 21 Forum):

Media missed the boat, but it wasn't on Bush gas prices

Forum writer L.W. Wright is right. The media was too busy focusing on small potatoes like gas prices instead of scrutinizing the more important issues of the George W. Bush administration: the lies that led to 4,000-plus dead Americans in a war that should have never been allowed to happen.

David S. Smith

Charlotte


In response to "Actions belie State of State speech rhetoric" (Feb. 20 Editorial):

N.C. finally making spending cuts, nothing wrong with that

As a state we owe $2.5 billion to the federal government for unemployment payments. Yet the Observer editorial almost criminalizes the behavior of the state for refusing to borrow even more money. Then, the state has the audacity to reduce unemployment payments going forward to help offset the debt.

I say, it's about time the state began to rein in spending.

Bill Wallace

Charlotte


Time to elect new leadership

in Congress; both sides failing

I've had enough of this.

The leaders in Congress – Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi – are so far apart, so inflammatory and publicly intractable that Israel and the Palestinians seem to have a better chance of coming to an agreement.

The war of words might make good copy, but good policy is what's needed.

Congress needs to oust these four and elect new leadership, leadership that can negotiate, compromise and finally, at long last, end this debacle that is our current state of economic policy.

Is that too much to ask?

John Brewer

Charlotte

Rigid Republican dogma has stymied progress in Congress

OK GOP, we get it. You hate President Obama, but he won.

Now quit playing pin the tail on the donkey for supposed political gain over sequester, Benghazi, Chuck Hagel, etc.

The $1.2 trillion grand bargain is there for the taking, and while baseless perpetual criticism might entertain the far right it does little to move our nation forward.

You are tarnishing the world's greatest democracy with your continued rigid petulant dogma.

Chip Potts

Mooresville


In response to "City letter propelled stadium agreement" (Feb. 12) and related articles:

Foxx's preemptive move to keep Panthers in Charlotte was wise

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx should be commended for his leadership in working with the Carolina Panthers on the stadium renovations.

No one wants to lose an NFL franchise – especially not Charlotte – when the team has played such a big role in making this a first-rate city.

The mayor and our City Council have been very wise in negotiating a tether that would keep the team here for another 15 years.

And, thank you Jerry Richardson, for your commitment to a region that has embraced you.

Ontrell McCray

Charlotte


In response to "Medicine can’t cure a poor lifestyle" (Feb. 19 Carolina Living):

Don't rely on government programs to cure social ills

Mega-dollar government programs have never cured gun and gang cultures, nor educated anyone who did not value education. They've also promoted high illegitimacy rates.

I hope brave folks with the ability to identify genuine cures for out-of-control activities will continue to shine their lights on the tried-and-true paths to success and the American Dream.

A little common sense goes a long way.

Jim Champion

Matthews

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