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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Airport adviser stonewalls council” (April 23):

Dorsch can’t be trusted, find out who put him up to it

As chairman of the Airport Advisory Committee, Shawn Dorsch is no longer just a private citizen speaking out, as he claims.

My question to him is: Whose pocket are you in and what exactly have you been promised in return?

You are sabotaging the city I’ve lived in for 66 years! You’re stabbing the citizens in the back.

As a citizen of this great city, I implore Mayor Anthony Foxx to give you the boot. The sooner the better. You are not to be trusted!

Carol Shubkin

Charlotte

Lack of City Council leadership to blame for fix we’re in

If the Charlotte City Council had required 72-year-old Jerry Orr to have a successor plan – like any public company board would have required – there would be little debate today on who would oversee the airport.

Rick Porter

Charlotte

Mayor Foxx should fire Dorsch and airport director Orr too

What I witnessed of Shawn Dorsch during Monday’s City Council meeting showed nothing but an arrogant man who thinks he knows what is best for our airport.

He actually believes his “personal” discussions with leaders of other communities are perfectly fine.

Mr. Dorsch should resign, but the mayor should not give him the chance. Mr. Dorsch should be fired immediately and the City should get rid of Airport Manager Jerry Orr, too.

I’m seeing too much arrogance from people who are doing all they can to have this city asset taken away.

Perry Hayes

Cornelius

In response to “City aims its anger at airport board” (April 21):

N.C. lawmakers should be cheering, not sabotaging, CLT

Under control of the Charlotte City Council since the 1930s, Charlotte Douglas International Airport has grown to be the nation’s eighth largest in terms of passenger traffic and lowest among all major airports in per passenger cost!

What possible excuse can be accepted that control should be taken away and vested in a group appointed from Raleigh?

Instead of tinkering with a winner the N.C. General Assembly – currently Republican – should give the Charlotte City Council – mostly Democratic – and Jerry Orr a standing ovation!

This type political maneuvering has no place in city or state government.

Ronald C. Williams

Charlotte


In response to “Stand up against Rand Paul, others who divide the nation” (April 22 Forum):

Paul is right, President Obama exploited Newtown families

While it’s anyone’s right to meet with members of Congress, this president flies the Newtown, Conn., families to Washington on Air Force One at taxpayer expense and they work with Democratic strategists who arranged meetings with groups of senators to push an agenda.

Not only were they used by the president as Sen. Rand Paul points out, but they should have registered as lobbyists!

Drew Sigmon

Charlotte


In response to “Drop the charade on Panthers’ name unless S.C. pitches in” (April 22 Forum):

Panthers wouldn’t exist without support from both Carolinas

Like many other South Carolinians, I’ve been a PSL owner since 1993 and dutifully poured thousands of dollars of support into the Panthers.

Why? The main reason: They’re called the Carolina Panthers and represent my state.

The only “fairytale” is their existence without South Carolina. It took an area the size of both states and an owner with strong ties to both Carolinas to reel in the franchise.

As far as the tax issue, South Carolina does not really benefit from the economic boost. Fans don’t usually stay in S.C. hotels and eat at S.C. restaurants on game day. So it makes sense that taxpayer assistance come from the area that receives the economic boost.

Jason Underwood

Fort Mill, S.C.


In response to “Airport furloughs don’t delay Sunday flights” (April 22):

You can blame those delays at airports directly on Obama

Is President Obama kidding?

He was offered flexibility by our legislators in making budget cuts due to sequestration, but refused it.

His agenda instead is to demonize the Republicans by allowing cuts that affect the number of air traffic controllers, thus making flying less safe. Our president is a demagogue. How outrageous!

Herb Corday

Charlotte


In response to “Farm digs into healthy options” (April 21):

Kudos to Emmons; she saw a problem, jumped in to fix it

Congratulations to Robin Emmons for this great way to serve the people with fresh, healthy food.

The best part is that she didn’t ask for government help and did it on her own. Hopefully the government will stay out of her way and let her continue to help the people she serves.

Peter Augusta

Charlotte

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