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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Regional Airport Towers to Close” (March 23):

An easy way to save the tower at Concord Regional airport

As the FAA moves to close towers in smaller markets, you’d think they were going to plow under the runway in Concord and plant corn based on the news coverage.

If the multi-millionaire NASCAR teams and drivers who use that strip, along with other wealthy airplane owners, are so put out, perhaps they could take up a collection.

I mean, what’s an air traffic controller worth, two tire guys or so?

Jeff A. Gregory

Charlotte


In response to “Do away with executioners; let a computer do the job instead” (March 24 Forum):

Computers don’t remove our responsibility for executions

Whoever programs the computer to automate the execution would still be karmically responsible to God for the execution. Also the judges who order the executions are responsible. The police are responsible. The politicians are responsible. Anyone who supports death in any way is partially responsible for every death, especially those where innocents are executed.

All of our hands are dirty, not just the person who presses the button. We still don’t understand God at all. Only God can take life because only God can grant it. Stop playing God. You aren’t.

George Thompson

Charlotte


In response to “Bloomberg’s TV blitz on guns targets swing senators” (March 24):

Hey, Mayor Bloomberg: We don’t need your ‘vision’ here

It was with much concern that I read about the near fanatical Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to “target” U.S. senators, to include our own senator, Kay Hagan, in a quest to pressure them into voting his way on pending gun legislation.

We North Carolinians are not dependent on him, his money or his vision to decide what is best regarding the liberties and freedom for our citizens. Mr. Bloomberg, please keep your “I know what’s best for you, little people” attitude in your own state.

Edwin Saint Sing

Mooresville


In response to “Abused puppy is now fostered” (March 25):

Don’t know what kind of person can treat an animal so horribly

How sad and unfortunate it has to come down to such a heinous act for someone to do this to an innocent victim, then to find out he was beaten? What kind of “animal” could conduct such an act of violence?

Whoever was driving the BMW or Mercedes getaway car – hope you can live with yourself!

Dorie Rickard

Charlotte

In response to “NFL teams score on stadium proposals” (March 24) and other articles:

Some additional perspective about the Panthers’ request

The Observer is now the official site for the Panthers PR department. Above the fold on page 1 and 2 additional pages extol their virtues. Let’s look at the other side.

1) While the team contributes to the economy, they are not a charity and have made hundreds of millions in the process.

2) You stress that the city didn’t contribute significantly to the stadium when it was built. True, but Jerry Richardson’s outlay was small as he got the PSL owners to do it.

3) The taxes paid by the Panthers in total don’t offset what they want the taxpayer to pony up making it a net drain.

4) If we are willing to pay 144 million to the Panthers, what will we pay BofA, Wells Fargo, Chiquita (again) to name just a few of hundreds of companies for their loyalty?

Bill Wallace

Charlotte


In response to “DWI cop’s secret: Lots of traffic stops” (March 18):

Glad to have someone trying to catch wild Charlotte drivers

Your article about Officer Pressley was superb – I wish there were more like him. The speeding on Providence Road, Sharon Road and Wendover is unbelievable. I see cars going well over the posted speed limit on most days, with many drivers weaving in and out of however many lanes there happen to be. Add the almost constant use of cell phones and the situation becomes even more dangerous.

Those of us who are trying to abide by the road rules often receive horn blowing, along with being followed too closely.

I say thank you to Officer Pressley.

Alice Ballenger

Charlotte


Government, politicians only have one thing on their minds

I’m thankful today that as a senior citizen I can remember a time when the government was actually by the people for the people. Politicians today seem to only care about what can make them more affluent at a tremendous cost to everyone else.

The government and other organizations today share the old Jim Bakker PTL mindset, always keep an imaginary crisis of some sort going so they can continually beg for more.

The saddest part is we all know what happened at PTL. The same could happen to our country if we don’t wake up.

Don Griffin

Monroe

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