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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “A straight-ticket attack” (Feb. 22 O-pinion blog):

I’m all for a bill that would eliminate straight-ticket voting

Senate Bill 82 to eliminate the straight ticket vote is common sense. It will force people to look at who they are voting for.

The tragedy of Alvin Greene – an unemployed vet who’d been kicked out of the military and faced obscenity charges – contending for a U.S. Senate seat in South Carolina when 90 percent of his votes came from people voting the straight ticket is proof of why this is needed.

Bill Moody

Matthews


In response to “Memo lays out plan to attack McCrory” (Feb. 22):

Observer buried story about attack targeting Gov. McCrory

The article about a plan by liberals to “Eviscerate the leadership and weaken their ability to govern” in the state legislature was buried on page 4B. Really?

If this had been the other way around, it would have been on the front page, above the fold!

I commend Jim Morrill for his excellent coverage of this matter. His article deserved to be placed where it would have been read by more people.

It’s appalling that the Observer continues to do everything possible to promote liberals and ignore or dismiss conservatives!

Linda Jones

Charlotte


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

City made airport a success; keep it under city control

If the state can take control of the Charlotte airport, it can seize CATS, CMUD and the arena.

Two Matthews lawmakers want to give control to a regional authority comprised of delegates appointed by the state, plus members from Union, Gaston, Cabarrus, Iredell and Lincoln counties.

This is a power grab by the state, which is envious of Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s success.

Neither the state nor those five counties contribute to the airport. It belongs to the citizens of Charlotte, as it has since 1935.

If it’s a regional committee, can Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina sue for seats on the regional airport authority?

Thomas W. Cochran

Troutman

Orr has made no attempt to break stranglehold on CLT

If Charlotte Douglas is such a low-cost and efficient airport, why is that not reflected in the fares being charged those who actually fly from here?

Sometimes the difference is almost $100 or more compared with other airports in our region.

Why has airport director Jerry Orr not tried to attract other carriers to break the cozy stranglehold USAirways has on us?

With the upcoming USAirways/American Airlines merger, you “ain’t seen nothing yet” when it comes to expensive fares!

Barry Sherbal

Charlotte


In response to “An Olympic city? Charlotte asked about 2024 games” (Feb. 21):

That’s some workforce needed to host Olympics in Charlotte!

The letter from the U.S. Olympic Committee listed as a requirement a workforce of up to 200,000? Two hundred thousand! What on earth would a workforce that large be needed for?

John W. McAlister Jr.

Charlotte


Tired of Democrats spouting nonsense on sequestration

When will the media nonsense on the sequester stop?

The cuts amount to a fraction of total government spending, despite President Obama’s exaggerations.

It is woefully inadequate to reduce the debt in any way.

All we hear about is punishing the military and seniors to help fund a massive Medicaid expansion, which will add another trillion to the debt.

It is long past time to face the debt and quit the nonsense.

Nicholas Pasquine

Lancaster, S.C.


In response to “Wrong to hold Angela Davis up as a hero to our children” (Feb.21 Forum):

Angela Davis’ social justice agenda not what nation needs

Angela Davis believes our nation needs to change its approach to justice, which she says is too focused on vengeance.

As the Observer reported, she wants to abolish prisons as the chief form of punishment.

She may be a Distinguished Professor in California, but appears to believe children should learn that they can get away with anything, including crime, and suffer no consequences. Her social justice agenda is certainly not what our children, or our nation, needs now, or ever.

Marleen Alexander

Charlotte

To Russians, outspoken Davis served as ‘beacon of freedom’

In 1972, shortly after her trial, Angela Davis visited the USSR, where she was enormously popular. At the time, I was on a panel that helped recruit guides for US Information Agency exhibitions there and in eastern Europe.

Like Ms. Davis, our guides were free to express their opinions about the war in Vietnam, racism in America and other issues they were asked about.

Many Russians expressed amazement that the guides – and the free-to-travel, vehemently outspoken Davis – could speak critically of their government. From that standpoint, she served the country well, if unwittingly, as a “beacon of freedom.”

Phil Clutts

Harrisburg

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