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  • Correction:

    Letter writer Frank McGuirt was misidentified Thursday as a current N.C. legislator. His term ended in January.



In response to “City-funded study recommends airport authority” (April 26) and related articles:

Airport authority would be lesser of 2 evils, so go with it

I am not for another authority in the City of Charlotte, but I’ve lost all trust in the Charlotte City Council.

Jerry Orr has been an outstanding aviation director for the airport, and it wouldn’t take long for the City Council to put their “kiss of death” on said success.

I would vote to completely privatize the airport before either of the options under consideration, but no matter what happens do not give our lackluster City Council any control.

Traci Cherry Cockerham

Charlotte


In response to “Uptown missing ‘real humanism’ and character, Graves observes” (April 26):

Uptown architecture may disappoint Graves, but not me

Architect and designer Michael Graves needs to go back where he came from. Uptown Charlotte is beautiful.

I don’t want to lose the history either, but I think Charlotte has been thoughtful in its progress.

Margaret M. Gatto

Charlotte


In response to “Climate change ‘gag rule’ tucked into bill” (April 26):

Climate change is real; future urban design must reflect that

Republican lawmakers in the N.C. Senate are proposing legislation that “would prohibit any state agency from developing or implementing a plan to address climate change.”

As director of the UNC Charlotte graduate program in urban design, I help oversee teaching and research that explore how N.C. communities can achieve resilient and sustainable futures in the face of serious future environmental challenges.

Student design projects for improving neighborhoods and communities in our region are based on the solid scientific evidence of climate change.

The way we build our towns and cities will need to change to meet these challenges.

Are state lawmakers now going to censor our teaching and research? That wording sure sounds like it.

David Walters

Charlotte


In response to “End Amazon’s 7.25 percent advantage” (April 25 Editorial):

To keep buyers away from the Internet, lower N.C. tax rate

Did it ever occur to you that perhaps lowering the tax rate – especially the Mecklenburg – might bring shoppers like myself back to the brick and mortar sellers? Then, the Internet issue becomes moot, as does my shopping in South Carolina.

A year ago, I told my wife, “watch for the occupant of the White House to, in his drive to run up taxes anywhere and everywhere, hit the Internet.” Lo and behold, it has arrived!

Some states are more than willing to go along. The word that comes to mind in those cases: “greed.”

Hans Nohr

Huntersville


Glad to see bipartisan support on proposed cell tower bill

Any time representatives Kelly Alexander and Bill Brawley agree on a bill, you know it has to be good for North Carolina.

So it’s exciting to see that these strong legislators from different parties are two of the primary sponsors of legislation that would encourage faster deployment of wireless broadband by simplifying and standardizing the review process for different types of cell towers.

The Cell Tower Deployment Act strikes a good balance between stimulating private investment and preserving zoning and oversight authority of local governments.

Bipartisan legislation is becoming uncommon. I’m proud that two Mecklenburg legislators are helping to change that.

Violeta Moser

Charlotte


In response to “Cutting income taxes would do nothing to create N.C. jobs” (April 24 Opinion):

Eventually all these tax cuts

cut into N.C. education system

Continual tax cuts, tax give-a-ways to corporations and cutting personal income taxes will only hurt North Carolina. That money will have to be made up somewhere, and continual cuts to the education system will only hurt.

Is the legislature’s goal to “dumb down” its citizens?

Allana D’Andrea

Mooresville


In response to “Charlotte smog is better but still bad” (April 25):

Charlotte needs to step up

its game on air quality

It just amazes me that of more than 35,000 cities in the nation, we’re 19th worst in air quality.

Two years ago, we were 10th worst. These numbers are outrageous, especially with all that “Charlotte is green” talk.

Not only do we kill the environment and our city, but we harm the people, making them more prone to lung disease.

We must fix this problem.

Ritvik Bodducherla

Charlotte


In response to “Hot pants, cold looks” (April 24 Style):

If you’ve got a great body, no need to dress age-appropriately

Age does not dictate your physical appearance! Women – and men – should be able to dress “body-appropriate.”

If you work hard to maintain your physique, you should not be ashamed or denied the right to present your hard work.

Ron Norman

Fort Mill, S.C.

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