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In response to “US Airways wants in on airport exec” (March 22) and related articles:

Mayor’s comment proof CLT does need an airport authority

Mayor Anthony Foxx feels that US Airways should have a say in the selection of the new airport director because as the airport’s largest carrier it’s a “major stakeholder.”

Then it’s only fair that the largest taxi or transportation company, car rental agency, cargo carrier, or any other entity that is the largest in its division should have a say on the new director.

Comments like this make it clear that the airport needs a state-appointed board.

John Chamberlain

Weddington

Naïve to think state isn’t after some of those airport profits

N.C. Republicans have never met a cash cow they didn’t covet.

Sen. Bob Rucho and Rep. Bill Brawley now see a way to cut the state debt by stealing the very cash cow that Charlotte has successfully grown, and which made Charlotte a center of growth and power in the state and nation.

Does anyone believe our airport’s profits under state control will be fully reinvested in the airport, and that Raleigh won’t stick its hand deep into the honey, er, money pot?

Dream on!

Joe Sutterlin

Charlotte


In response to “Foxx being considered for Cabinet” (March 21):

Foxx a great pick for Cabinet, but for all the wrong reasons

I am not surprised that Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx is under consideration to be the next Secretary of Transportation.

Mr. Foxx is a lawyer with no practical experience in the transportation field. His political experience with transportation consists of unwavering insistence on spending public money for an expensive and ill-conceived streetcar project.

Mr. Foxx has limited experience in elective office, and none beyond the local level.

He’d be a great fit for President Obama’s administration.

Steven P. Nesbit

Charlotte


In response to “Beware: Here be dragons” (March 21 Viewpoint) and related articles:

Little reason for optimism concerning Iraq’s future

Thomas L. Friedman is not connecting the dots.

Iraq had 23 million population in 2003. Estimates of excess civilian deaths are about a million – that’s 1 in 23. The Iraqi army was decimated, and the talented tenth was either killed or emigrated.

Tribal animosities, formerly quashed by the Saddam Hussein regime, re-emerged and now rule much Iraqi conduct. The civilian infrastructure was thoroughly trashed. Almost all Iraqi oil is produced by western companies.

This is a recipe for creating a weak and chaotic state. These actions appear to have been deliberate.

The question Friedman might profitably pursue is: cui bono, or who benefits?

J. Paige Straley

Hickory

Those who fanned flames

of Iraq war are now silent

On the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, note the complete lack of admission of responsibility from those in charge in 2003.

Former Bush administration officials mumble about lost opportunities. Democratic politicians who supported the rush to war are silent. And the media pundits and reporters who helped fan the flames for invasion still hold their lofty positions.

All this despite a devastated Iraq, scarred U.S. military, and the American people, who learned once again that you can rarely trust those in power.

Michael A. Clark

Charlotte


In response to “Making right decision for wrong reason” (March 21 Viewpoint):

It’s Pitts who needs to walk

in someone else’s shoes

Leonard Pitts should take his own advice and “project into someone else’s situation” to understand why someone makes a decision before he chastises people on gay marriage.

Maybe then he’ll better understand why not everyone agrees with him and other progressives on many issues, and he’ll show some respect for individual differences.

Interestingly, he did not mention the flip-flops by many of his progressive friends. Oh, I forgot, they are “evolving.”

Ben Pelton

Charlotte


In response to “GOP study warns party of image problems” (March 19)

Easy for me to see why GOP

is grappling with image woes

The GOP’s problems can be summed up in one sentence in David Lightman’s article: “They fervently oppose abortion, are wary of same-sex marriage and see government as far too intrusive.”

That’s not intrusive?

Linda Brooks

Charlotte


In response to “A faithful response to gun violence” (March 17 Viewpoint):

Combat gun violence with more background checks, prison time

The Rev. Bob Henderson and Rev. John Cleghorn offered excellent ideas to combat gun violence. I would add to it review boards to check all gun permits before they are issued and to review gun sales at gun shows.

We don’t have to be politically correct to pinpoint the root cause of all this gun violence. Is it poverty, mental illness, anger, desperation, drugs or mean criminal minds? Let’s try to change this behavior with enforcement of strict gun laws and lengthy prison sentences.

W. Randall Lemly

Charlotte

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