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“In response to “Foxx ousts embattled airport panel chairman” (April 24):

‘Greedy’ City Council members to blame for airport controversy

The questions should be: Which Charlotte City Council member pushed for the change from airport police to CMPD, which doubled costs? And which member raised the idea of taxing airport parking?

Those attacks on airport independence pushed the idea of an independent airport authority.

Put the blame where it belongs – on greedy City Council members!

Ed Garland

Charlotte

I find it hard now to trust Dorsch on aviation museum

Since Shawn Dorsch has been so blazingly un-transparent with his airport advisory job, how can the people of Charlotte have any confidence in him as head of the Carolinas Aviation Museum?

Perhaps the people of Charlotte should boycott this facility until it gets a leader with a bit more ethical fiber.

My family will not support a facility led by a person with such disdain for my city and its leaders. Stand up Charlotte!

Timothy S. Jones

Charlotte

Let those behind ‘airport snatch’ buy it – debt and all

The “suburban Republicans” allegedly behind the airport snatch say they are against government confiscation of assets without adequate compensation.

OK, put your money where your mouth is. Let the surrounding area taxpayers buy the airport from Charlotte taxpayers and refund to us the cost of our investment. Be sure they assume all our airport bond debt, too.

As one taxpayer who contributed to funding the airport for the benefit of the entire area, I would welcome a special tax rebate to City taxpayers as suburban taxpayers step up to the plate to do their share.

While we are talking, I am also willing to “share” with regional taxpayers the cost of improvements to our “Carolina” Panthers football stadium.

Edward T. Hinson Jr.

Charlotte


In response to Peter St. Onge’s “Moriah: A lesson about competence” (April 20 Opinion):

I have cerebral palsy, but I too have the right to vote; we all do

I am 23 years old. I have cerebral palsy. I vote.

It is not fair to take away my right to vote because everyone has the right to vote.

My mom doesn’t tell me who to vote for. I decide, and sometimes I even vote for people she doesn’t like. But I don’t have to listen to her because I am an adult now.

Mom is my guardian to help me with money and health problems. I decide everything else for myself. I live in a residential home with two housemates. We have people help us with stuff, but we make our own decisions.

Why are you taking my right to vote away?

Rob Bollinger

Charlotte


Let’s call sweepstakes games what they are: ‘video larceny’

Does no one “get it”? Video gaming or “sweepstakes” is not gambling.

When you gamble – buy a lottery ticket, play poker, roll dice, go to Cherokee or Vegas – you have a chance, a very slim chance, but a chance.

Video gaming is not gambling because you ain’t got a chance! It is a computer programmed to take in money.

It’s not luck, nor fate if you “win.” It’s all determined in the programming. It’s larceny – video larceny.

After 34 years in law enforcement, I know larceny when I see it. Hopefully the legislature and the courts will protect us from this type of larceny or fraud.

Rep. Frank McGuirt

Wingate

Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap shouldn’t have been let go

When was the last time a coach was fired for tripling the number of wins from the previous season?

I watched the team all season. They were fun to watch, played hard and were competitive most of the time even though the Bobcats lack big-name talent. No Kobe. No LeBron. No Durant.

With the current ownership and management the next coach better rent a house because in less than three years he’ll be headed out of town too.

David Medlin

Fletcher


Proposed immigration reform will open floodgates of fraud

The proposed immigration law will immediately legalize 11 million people and create a magnet to draw millions more across the border, as will “family reunification.”

Careful processing of this much paperwork is impossible; fraud will be the order of the day.

America, if you want to visit a Third World country you won’t have to travel. It’ll come to you!

J. Paige Straley

Hickory


In response to “ ‘Ag-gag’ bills seek to limit food reporting” (April 17):

‘Ag-gag’ laws would leave

us in the dark about our food

As a vegetarian, I find it appalling what happens in some factory farms. Though I do not like the methods of PETA and some organizations, they are legal and I think it’s important to let the agriculture industry know that consumers are watching.

The food lobby is one of the main reason “ag-gag” bills are popping up, and we as a people should only push harder to ensure that we know where our food is coming from – no matter whether it is chicken or tofu.

Nicholas Miklaucic

Charlotte

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