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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “City closer to losing control of its airport” (March 13) and related articles:

CLT is regional asset; time has come for a regional authority

The City of Charlotte should take pride in its role in giving birth to the airport. And we should celebrate the fact that Charlotte Douglas International Airport is now an adult.

The opportunity of the airport goes far beyond the geography served by the city. Regional assets deserve regional governance. This is a good thing.

Tom Dorsey

Charlotte

Rucho out of bounds on airport; McCrory should put a stop to it

N.C. Sen. Bob Rucho is overstepping his bounds in recommending an independent authority take over the airport.

With Charlotte Douglas being the sixth busiest airport in the world and run successfully for 78 years, Sen. Rucho would do well to pick something along the lines of the Department of Social Services to take over. DSS is having more problems than the airport, and his authority would have something they could really sink their teeth into.

Would Gov. Pat McCrory have possibly stood for this when he was mayor of Charlotte? I think not. Please, go find something else to do!

Sydney A. Odell

Charlotte


In response to “Taxing Sunday liquor sales also could pay for stadium upgrades” (March 12 Forum):

Help profitable Panthers? Count this small business owner out

I am a small business owner and I’d like to know where Forum writer Oneal Wallace gets off calling for an increase in my business license to help fund the Panthers!

The Panthers made a $112 million profit in two years. Let them pay for their stadium improvements the way I pay for my company improvements – out of their own pocket.

Treva B. Mason

Matthews

In response to “Marriage, truth and consequences” (March 13 Viewpoint):

Redefining marriage won’t

be the downfall of America

This article contained several statements based on religious dogma without any evidence.

Any open-minded person can look around the world to see that same-sex marriage has not caused any of the dire consequences Ryan Anderson predicts. One would think that public, loving commitments between two people would be supported as a good thing.

I’ll put credence in folks like Mr. Anderson when they speak out just as strongly against a true social evil like divorce, which the Bible strongly condemns.

Tom Rafferty

Charlotte

Marriage has been redefined over time, this is no different

We have “redefined marriage” throughout history – forced and arranged marriages, age requirements, racial barriers, etc.

Pro-discrimination arguments are riddled with hypocrisy and non-sense. Columnist Ryan Anderson cites unnamed “studies,” makes bandwagon arguments and many illogical statements.

Saying “nothing is made illegal by marriage laws” and “respecting everyone’s liberty” in the same sentence should make all N.C. residents who fought hard against Amendment One angry.

In time, Mr. Anderson will be embarrassed just like former pro-segregationists are embarrassed now.

Will Pellisero

Charlotte


In response to “Sheryl Sandberg: On a mission to elevate women” (March 12 Business):

Best thing Sandberg, others at top can do is hire more women

Sheryl Sandberg is rich, famous and doesn’t have most of the ordinary day-to-day worries most working women think about. She ’s not a single parent struggling to balance what her next paycheck can cover.

Ms. Sandberg has achieved climbing up that corporate ladder. Now, she’s urging women to follow and not be afraid to be part of the climb up.

One of the most significant things she can do for women is to hire more of them and teach them how they, too, can become corporate leaders for the next generation of women to follow.

Lorraine Stark

Matthews


In response to “Crashes up despite efforts” (March 3):

To keep walkers, cyclists safe crack down on bad drivers

Once again Charlotte leaders blame the deaths on our highways on infrastructure to get taxpayers to pony up a bunch more money.

No doubt we need improvements, however, I strongly suspect the fact that speed limits are a joke and that local drivers tailgate, cut people off, roll through stop signs, fly through school zones and turn right on red after slowing down just a wee bit but not stopping might have something to do with it.

Of course, I guess it’s easier to build infrastructure than to expect people to obey the law in this “law-abiding” nation.

Kenneth M. Kyzer

Charlotte


Getting a nice lunch uptown on a Saturday no easy task

My husband and I took our 6-year-old granddaughter to see the ballet “Peter Pan” on Saturday. We wanted to have a nice lunch in town before the show.

The first restaurant we chose was closed. We walked another three blocks and our second choice was closed.

We serendipitously passed Vapiano’s on South Tryon Street and had a wonderful lunch.

Why are there so few places open for lunch on Saturday in a city of excellence like Charlotte?

Kay Bianchi

Mooresville

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