In response to “City aims its anger at airport board” (April 21):
Troubled by city’s behavior toward airport advisory board
The way the City Council is behaving toward every opinion expressed by individual members of the current airport advisory board is the best reason I can think of to have the authority removed from their supervision and become a separate and independent regional authority. One with only one focus – making the airport the best anywhere – removed from unnecessary political influence and divided loyalties.
Jim Van Meerten
In response to “Constitution should reflect changes in society, gun power” (April 19 Forum):
Second Amendment’s intent is for common, useful weapons
Forum writer Janis Denney showed an understanding of the purpose of the Second Amendment in 1776, but lost the plot for 2013. Yes, the citizenry is to answer a call to arms with a weapon which is common and useful in a military application. In 1776, that was a single shot musket; in 2013, it is a semi automatic rifle with a large capacity magazine.
That the call to the citizenry is highly unlikely does not change the intent of the amendment, nor does it change how hideous the carnage these powerful weapons being used in an unintended manner can inflict.
In response to “Tougher hospital rules proposed” (April 18):
Republican and Democrat working together? Let’s cheer
Go Roy and Bob! Attorney General Roy Cooper and state Sen. Bob Rucho are trying to do something for all of us. Fairness in hospital billing, including transparency and price listings for common procedures, would be a huge step forward for North Carolina. Wow! A Democrat and a Republican working together for the common good. That is a breath of fresh air.
Also, two big thumbs up to the Observer and The News & Observer of Raleigh. Please keep this front and center. You are doing a huge service for the people of North Carolina.
In response to “Panthers, city reach $87.5M deal” (April 19):
Six years doesn’t sound like
a real commitment to me
The Panthers’ agreement to leave the team in Charlotte for at least six years brings back Hornet nightmares. So the owners want us to love this team and spend our hard-earned money and time supporting them. It’s like saying to your bride, I’ll stick around for at least 6 years, then if something better comes along, I’m outta here. How enthusiastic can you be about that?
Just go now; save us the money and heartache. We can always cheer for Atlanta and Washington again.
Patrick A. Walters
In response to “UNC’s Tom Ross might yearn for Davidson” (April 20 Viewpoint):
Budget director Pope misrepresents N.C. issues
Gov. McCrory’s budget director Art Pope, is quoted: “The state has to fund other needs, too, such as the growth in Medicaid spending.” Mr. Pope once again sets up a false competition for resources between education and the health care needs of low income North Carolinians.
Before we start to buy that argument, let’s recall that Gov. McCrory and the General Assembly recently turned down $10 billion-plus in no-strings-attached federal dollars intended for Medicaid expansion. Our federal tax dollars will flow to more enlightened states whose elected officials did not reject the Medicaid expansion while we cut services and education.
Mary F. Englebert
Boston bombers didn’t give America’s possibilities a chance
America is like a giant Cuisinart blender; you go in as a carrot, head of lettuce or a cucumber and you come out a chopped salad. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the 26-year-old Boston bomber, said that he had no American friends because he didn’t understand them. The younger brother Dzhokhar probably just went along with his older brother’s beliefs.
I am not really sure the reasons for the brothers’ nefarious action, except that they didn’t give the great America blender a fair chance to make them a part of our colorful salad.
In response to “Money Rock: A Cocaine dealer’s redemption” (Observer multi-part report):
Money Rock a reminder of devastating drug culture
Belton Platt is just one of the many young men caught up in the drug culture of the ’80s and ’90s. I thank him for his willingness to expose this story, which so clearly describes that culture, and for doing what he can at this point to make amends.
Cocaine and its cousin crack destroyed so many lives in those years, and was the trigger that sent some of today’s homeless men to the streets, survivors but never to be the same.
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