In response to Duke wont be repaid from DNC (March 1):
Rogers DNC gift was slap in the face to Duke shareholders
Im so glad to see that Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers decided to give a gift of $10 million to his beloved DNC for their party.
The problem I have is that in typical Democrat fashion he gave away someone elses money!
Mr. Rogers thinks this is OK because Duke can write it off. The problem, sir, is that you gave away money that belongs to shareholders, some of whom do not support the DNC.
To read this days after your request for a 9.7 percent rate hike and your oath of loyalty to the board and shareholders, was priceless.
Richard A. Bobay Jr.
In response to Dozens protest new drivers license (March 1):
Pink license plan discriminates; makes me wonder whos next
I was born in another country, Im a woman, and (gasp) Im a registered Democrat. Wonder what my next drivers license will look like?
Cam Lucas Wester
Despicable to compare pink license with Star of David
There were three references in Fridays Observer comparing the proposed pink drivers license for immigrants to Jews made to wear Stars of David. This is deplorable.
Native to their countries, Jews forced to wear this badge were subject to forced removal from their professions and commercial life, a strict curfew, food rationing , and forced to relinquish property and valuables.
They were prohibited from using public transportation, forced to live in designated areas, removed entirely from the protection of law, and faced horrible physical atrocities and death.
This analogy printed three times is wrong, ignorant and disgusting.
On sequestration, Obama reminds me of Chicken Little
Rather than deal seriously with deficit reduction as recommended by the Obama-created Simpson-Bowles Commission, the president supported the creation of sequestration.
Now President Obama is condemning sequestration and doing his best imitation of Chicken Little. The administrations attempt to scare the public, including the publicized release of illegal aliens, is irresponsible.
My biggest disappointment in President Obama is that he does not show enough concern for the future of his two daughters in his handling of the debt crisis this country faces.
Craig A. Reutlinger
In response to Novant renames Presbyterian hospitals (Feb. 27):
Presbyterian may regret changing hospital name
The Presbyterian Healthcare system just went from a respected hometown heritage brand to merely another out-of-town corporation with branch operations in Charlotte.
Now, the other big hospital is the only one that still feels Charlotte-rooted.
I suspect that many families multi-generational loyalty to the Presbyterian system will gradually slip into neutral.
Thomas L. Bowers
In response to I-77 toll plans defended by DOT officials (Feb. 28):
Hit up out-of-state residents to help pay for interstate upgrades
How long will N.C. DOT and N.C. GovCo continue to target northern Mecklenburg and southern Iredell residents for tax revenue?
If DOTs Jim Trogdon feels the need to tax, perhaps tolls at the state lines would generate revenue from out-of-state travelers who use our highways, cause accidents and delay traffic.
Unfortunately, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx is pushing to spend $1 billion for a 10-mile light-rail line to a low tax revenue part of the city, rather than one to the Lake Norman area.
Perhaps, like Ballantyne, the lake area residents should consider withdrawing from the Charlotte/Mecklenburg/CMS tax equation.
In response to New American Airlines CEO-to-be says Charlotte hub safe (Feb. 15) and related articles:
Sure hope CLT airport doesnt go the way of Pittsburghs
US Airways CEO Doug Parker said Charlotte would grow significantly as an airport hub if his company merged with American Airlines.
In 2005, Parker then CEO of America West orchestrated the merger with US Airways and closing Pittsburgh as a hub with 10,000 jobs lost and $800 million in taxpayer debt.
The $1 billion Pittsburgh International Airport was built in 1992 largely to US Airways specifications. It is now described as a ghost town.
The facility, designed to accommodate 32 million passengers per year, handled 8 million in 2012. Sections of two concourses are closed, half the airport gates are closed, and daily non-stop flights have plunged from 610 to 156.
Charlotte could be a future target for another classic Doug Parker dismantling.
Where is Piedmont Airlines management now that we need them?
J. Jerome Miller