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In response to “Mom injured crossing N. Tryon St. is critical” (March 15) and related articles:

Too many ignore crosswalks putting themselves, kids at risk

I am not surprised to see a mother and two children hit while crossing the street outside of a crosswalk.

I see this done all over Charlotte area on regular basis.

I recently observed a woman with two young children trying to cross Independence Boulevard 50 feet from a crosswalk.

Not only is this teaching children a dangerous practice, but it borders on child abuse.

John Bogert

Charlotte


Look to Atlanta to see why CLT needs an airport authority now

If anyone has questions about, or strong opinions against, an airport authority vs. remaining under city control, all they have to do is look at the continuing problems associated with Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which is operated by the City of Atlanta.

Abuses have run the gambit from the mayor’s office on down for many years consisting of embezzlement, bribery for best retail spots, nepotism, political favors, and what all.

It is only a matter of time before these same problems strike Charlotte Douglas International Airport if it remains under city control.

Gary C. Craven

Sherrills Ford

Airport authority should kick in to keep airport roads flowing

The bad news is we might lose the airport.

The good news is that when Billy Graham Parkway and the other feeders to the airport finally become hopelessly clogged we can demand that the new authority pay their fair share for the road improvements.

And if they won’t, then I’d suggest toll booths, just outside airport jurisdiction, for all vehicles coming and going.

Terry Keith

Charlotte

Cuts to unemployment mean more children will go hungry

Few governors have attacked obesity as aggressively as Gov. Pat McCrory. Cuts to unemployment benefits mean fewer groceries can be purchased, and less food will be served.

Our children will be malnourished, and as a result their mental growth will be stymied.

Maybe they could line up outside the governor’s mansion and, cap in hand, beg for crumbs.

Ina Cantrell

Charlotte


Obama disingenuous on debt; his approach doesn’t work

In 2008 when Barack Obama was campaigning for the presidency, $9 trillion in public debt was irresponsible and unpatriotic. Mr. Obama said: “Number 43 (George Bush) added $4 trillion by his lonesome...” That was over an eight-year period.

Now that number 44 – Obama – has run up the national debt to $16.5 trillion, it is suddenly sustainable and not a problem.

This president with his “balanced approach” of raising taxes and his increased spending is rapidly taking this country into Third World status.

Jerry K. Sammons

Unionville


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

Op-Ed columnist’s logic on same-sex marriage full of holes

I agree with column writer Ryan T. Anderson, that “marriage exists to bring a man and a woman together to be father and mother to any children they have together.” He has a right to that opinion, and so do I.

I also agree with him that “all Americans have the freedom to live as they choose, but no one has the right to redefine marriage for all of us.”

By logical extension, if no one has the right to “redefine marriage for all of us,” then no one has the right to “define” marriage for all of us.

That’s why government – state or federal – shouldn’t try to outlaw same-sex marriage.

You’d think that conservatives such as Mr. Anderson and others at the Heritage Foundation who claim to believe in limited government and oppose government intrusion into our lives, would be able to figure that out.

Jerry Shinn

Beech Mountain


In response to “Judge stops ban on big, sweet sodas” (March 12) and related articles:

Don’t let judge’s decision on soda ban set precedent for U.S.

Excessive sugar consumption, particularly soda, can lead to costly health problems that are an even bigger issue now given the current health care and insurance crisis in our country.

The decision to negate the New York City soda ban has the potential to set the standard for the whole country.

The problem needs a better resolution. A dismissive response will not improve our population’s health.

So, whether the solution is a tax on soda/sugar, or limiting the availability of soda on menus, or portion control, the policymakers in control need to come up with something.

A lot of Americans may not like it, but since we’ve proven we can’t always make healthy decisions for ourselves maybe we need a shove in the right direction.

Theresa Troglio

Davidson


If this letter is any indication, I can see why USPS is in trouble

On March 13, 2013 I received an envelope sent to me from my U.S. Air Force pilot son stationed in England. It was sent from an APO box and postmarked Oct. 24, 2012.Seriously, had my letter come over on the Mayflower and then been sent by horseback from Massachusetts to Charlotte, it would have still beaten the U.S. Post Office by several weeks.

Does anyone wonder why the USPS is in the financial shape that it is in?

Robert Yost

Charlotte

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