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City must strip stadium plan of extras or we could lose team

Remember what happened the last time the city tried to roll pet projects into a package with a major sports team’s venue?

We lost the Hornets to New Orleans, then went ahead and spent the money building a new arena for a team we didn’t have.

Mayor Anthony Foxx initiated this process by approaching the Panthers about the city helping with renovations. Now is not the time to cloud negotiations by adding projects such as amateur sports venues to the equation.

This is a big deal for Charlotte. Figure it out, get the deal done, and worry about secondary matters later!

Skip Huddleston

Charlotte


Uncover hidden motivations behind airport authority plan

When significant change is proposed in business, there is traditionally a business case that outlines the goals, looks at return on investment, efficiencies gained, cost savings, risk avoidance, etc. Those proposing the change are often held accountable to ensure goals are met.

I have not seen a business case with the proposed airport transfer. Who’s going to gain from this change? Who’s holding themselves responsible, and what happens if goals are not met?

I have this sinking feeling that behind the scenes of the proposed change someone is going to profit at the expense of taxpayers.

Doug Livoni

Marvin


Congress took bipartisan first step toward curbing violence

Last week’s reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act was not just a victory for women. It also set an important precedent in our nation’s pursuit of equality.

In a display of bipartisanship that included both N.C. senators, as well as five members of our congressional delegation, Congress overwhelmingly passed a bill that protects all women regardless of circumstance.

Republican members voting “no” wanted to deny protection to LGBT women, who experience domestic violence at the same rate as all women. Their partisan alternative also would have denied undocumented women the temporary status necessary to protect them from further abuse.

Any effort to reduce violence in our community must begin by extending protection to all who suffer abuse. Passing a comprehensive VAWA is a great start.

Jennifer Watson Roberts

Charlotte


In response to “Our do-nothing Congress finally gets something done” (March 5 Viewpoint):

No need to change gun law,

just enforce the ones we have

What is the point of passing more background check laws?

Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus states that federal background checks blocked nearly one million sales of guns to criminals, people under domestic violence restraining orders and the mentally ill.

The question is, how many have been prosecuted? Vice President Joe Biden said himself that the U.S. Justice Department did not have time for that.

It makes no sense to make new laws if you’re not going to enforce the ones you have on the books now.

Kenneth Clark

Lilesville, N.C.


In response to “Breaking Through,” (three-part Observer series):

City I admire was molded by many leaders, including Jimmie

I am a Cuban American who moved here from New York with my Brooklyn-born wife in 1989 to join what was then NCNB.

We expected to encounter some cultural resistance, but this town was amazing in how we were welcomed.

I wondered why Charlotte was so different. I’ve come to understand that we owe our progress to many progressive leaders like my old boss Hugh McColl, who led from a position of stature in the community.

This series reminded me in a very tangible way that there were other lesser known “leaders” like Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick, and in fact the whole 1965 Myers Park Mustang team, who helped advance the ball.

Al de Molina

Charlotte

Series reminded me how far we’ve come and still have to go

I want to express my appreciation for the beautiful series David Scott and Gary Schwab put together around Charlotte, the South, integration, Myers Park High School, social injustice, football, and the progress we’ve made over the last 50 years.

It was a story that needed to be told. It captured how cruel life was for the black community and what a blind spot America had around race relations.

Born in Charlotte in 1963, I have grown up open-minded and respectful of all our community. The series was a terrific history lesson – a sharing of wisdom and a celebration of the bad decisions that were made and the behaviors our society accepted.

Thank you for being courageous in getting the truth on the table. We need to celebrate our progress and continue to be aware of inequalities embedded in our society.

David Dooley

Charlotte


For me, TV clips clarified true intent of N.C. voter ID bill

Tuesday on the TV news they showed a shot of about 50 white male Republicans standing in support of Voter ID legislation. It was followed by a shot of four African-Americans performing their civic duty at the polls.

Hmmm. Who are the Republicans targeting here?

This a scary bunch that North Carolina has elected!

Valerie Lewis

Denver, N.C.

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