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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “I’ve yet to hear 1 good reason for creating an airport authority” (March 13 Forum):

City leaders lack business sense needed to run airport

The bill for police expense more than doubled in one year, from $ 2.6 million to $5.5 million, after the city took control from Airport Manager Jerry Orr.

Danger lies in the fact that our current mayor and most of the Charlotte City Council members enjoy big-time overspending.

Evidence is blatant by the tax dollars requested for: the stadium, a proposed billion-dollar capital spending plan in the middle of the worst recession ever; and a desired streetcar to Eastland Mall, which is closed.

Someone with business sense needs to run our airport and it is not the mayor and City Council we currently have.

Marleen Alexander

Charlotte

In response to “Airport authority plan looks risky, not prudent” (March 5 Editorial):

Limit government involvement; airport authority would do that

Slowing down the vote on an airport authority was the right decision. City and state leaders have one chance to get it right.

Any change would not be without risk, but I do think the prudent decision is still to form an airport authority.

While a success, Charlotte’s airport is another example where the big hands of city government are becoming too intrusive. From CMPD’s request for more cameras, to Curt Walton’s decision that the airport needs more police, to City Council’s handling of stadium funding, the less direct government involvement the better.

Lindsey Houser

Charlotte


In response to “Crowd speaks out on voter ID” (March 13):

Don’t spend millions to fix a nonexistent voting problem

There is virtually no proof of voter fraud in our state.

There are an estimated 600,000 voters in North Carolina without photo ID. If they have to buy an ID to vote, many may choose food or medicine instead.

If the state pays for the ID, it will be with taxpayers’ money. At, say, $10 per ID, that takes $6 million from the state budget.

In these harsh economic times why spend unnecessarily?

Terry Turner

Butner, N.C.

Benefits of photo ID outweigh any difficulty getting one

Sarah Preston of the American Civil Liberties Union said “As many as 1 in 10 voters may not have a valid, state-issued photo ID.” According to her, that’s some 600,000 North Carolinians.

If those 600,000 had a state-issued photo ID they’d be allowed to board a plane or Amtrak train; open a bank account; apply for a mortgage; borrow a library book; get a pistol permit, etc., etc.

The benefits of having a photo ID far outweigh any perceived difficulty in obtaining one.

Bill Gorman

Charlotte


In response to “Fla.’s lieutenant governor quits amid scandal; 57 face charges” (March 14):

Can’t miss the irony in Florida scandal vs. Wall Street antics

Does anyone else see the irony in this: Florida’s lieutenant governor resigns and they find 57 folks to charge over a measly $300 million?

Meanwhile, Goldman-Sachs and those guys spirit away how many gazillion and nobody gets charged.

Senator Warren, dear, where are you?

Ted Lucas

Charlotte


In response to “More patients, profit at CHS” (March 13):

CHS should be using more of its profits to help less privileged

Total profits for Carolinas HealthCare System were $501 million in 2012, up from $124 million, and total revenue topped $6.9 billion!

Why does a nonprofit business have revenue so far in excess of the services it provides?

With the windfall profits from 2012, CHS should be helping those with inadequate or no insurance pay their medical bills.

This year, CHS should lower its exorbitant charges until it breaks even – which is what a nonprofit company that provides necessary and humane care should strive for.

Cris Loesser

Charlotte


In response to “House GOP unveils plan to balance budget” (March 13):

Sen. Paul Ryan and the Republican party are tone deaf

The GOP budget plan was rejected by the majority of the public when President Obama was re-elected. The Supreme Court ruled the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.

In the face of all of these facts, Sen. Paul Ryan is trying again to propose a plan that he and the GOP know will never be passed.

Why waste time presenting a dead-on-arrival plan? This GOP budget is a political document meant only to highlight their differences with Obama.

How does this move our country forward? Answer: it doesn’t.

Robin E. Oden

Stallings


In response to “Cap tax deductions, help erase deficit” (March 14 Viewpoint):

Dems’ plan amounts to tax increase, not spending cut

It is extremely dishonest for Democrats to suggest they want to cut government spending by capping tax deductions.

While I agree there should be no deduction for hybrid cars or home insulation, at issue here is how much of our income the government is allowed to take.

Democrats have deceived by saying that the sequester is a “spending cut,” while the truth is that there will still be a spending increase. Remember that when you hear Obama say people will lose their jobs and children won’t be able to get vaccines.

Deborah Presson

Mint Hill

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