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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Parking pains intensify” (March 5) and related articles:

Airport construction leaves

no safe pathway for walkers

The destruction of hourly parking lots adjacent to the airport terminal leaves no direct way to walk to the terminal.

One could walk from the old daily lot, but current construction has left no safe pathway.

Would it hurt airport authorities to provide a safe walking path from the daily parking structures to the terminal?

It would save on shuttle fuel costs and give travelers a bit of welcome exercise before boarding their flights.

Michael A. Clark

Charlotte

In response to “Politics fogs airport bodies” (March 4):

Those pushing for airport authority just lost my vote

Charlotte Douglas International Airport was built with tax dollars from Charlotte citizens, and has been operated by the City of Charlotte since 1935.

It’s now valued at nearly $2 billion, and the state wants to just take it over.

This is nothing more than strong-armed robbery.

I know it’ll be too late by the next election, but I’ll still do what I can to vote these crooks out of office.

Steve Shaw

Charlotte


Obama, Dems using sequester to take down GOP at the polls

What will President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi do now that the sequester has been implemented and both federal tax receipts and the Dow are at historic highs?

Contrary to their weak leadership, cooler heads prevailed and recognized that you can’t spend yourself to prosperity.

If Obama and the rest of the Democratic party were truthful, they would admit the sequester was needed rather than predicting doomsday to shore up political votes heading into the mid-term elections.

Hopefully for taxpayers, the president’s and Democrats’ most recent game of fiscal “chicken” with the GOP will be their last.

Tom Quigley

Charlotte

Debt reduction is all in the timing; don’t overlook that

To say that additional “revenue” is off the table is just prolonging the deficit fix.

Deficit reduction would be realized in a much shorter time span if you cut spending – especially wasteful spending – and increase taxes to year 2000 levels, when we had a surplus.

In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the deficit is shrinking right now at the fastest rate since WWII.

Add additional revenue to the equation and we’ll realize a surplus in short order – and reduce the federal debt as well.

Dennis Smith

Mooresville


In response to “Coastal counties could get fracking waste” (March 5):

Lawmakers who want to lift fracking ban should reconsider

Who did GOP voters elect in the great state of North Carolina? It certainly seems that it’s a bunch of people who care not at all about anything more than the almighty dollar.

Can’t they see that the earth is a small place, getting smaller every day? Even birds do not fowl their nest.

If Republican legislators continue in the direction they’ve started we won’t have to worry about the birds, or the fish, or the people for very much longer.

Sherry Williams

Charlotte


In response to “Auto insurance overhaul bid rises” (March 3):

Proposal gives N.C. drivers more auto insurance options

Last week a bill was filed in the state legislature to change how car insurance rates are set in North Carolina.

As an insurance agent, husband, father of two boys and an N.C. driver, I applaud our elected officials for listening and recognizing that it’s finally time to let consumers shop around for the best deals in car insurance.

The current car insurance system forces good drivers to pay more, so bad drivers can pay less for their car insurance.

Under the new system, the hidden tax that cost N.C. drivers nearly $900 million in the past five years will be eliminated.

Drivers will be able to take advantage of discount programs and choose the best company for their needs.

Todd Younker

Mint Hill


Series on Kirkpatrick, Mustang team was journalism at its best

In these tight times, editors often must limit even rock-solid reports to 500 words. This time editors gave their blessing to Gary Schwab, David Scott and a whole team of diggers to spend as much time and newsprint as they needed to tell this story honestly, completely and without playing games with readers’ hearts and hates.

Most remarkable, you bravely disregarded the passing of 48 years and bigger news than an incident concerning one black football player and a city with unending compassion.

Journalism lives.

Walter J. Klein

Charlotte


Can’t help but wonder about all the tattoos on today’s players

Had a weekend full of watching college basketball. The games were great, and there is a lot of talent on the court.

My only question: When a player gets a scholarship, does he get a tattoo artist along with the scholarship?

Bill Yount

Sherrills Ford

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