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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Ludicrous of Obama to tout Foxx’s transportation initiatives

President Obama has every right to name up-and-coming Democrats, particularly ones he personally likes, to his cabinet. But to state that Mayor Anthony Foxx’s transportation initiatives have “managed to turn things around. The economy is growing. There are more jobs...” as the president is quoted on the front page, is ludicrous.

The administration’s Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the U.S. unemployment rate at 7.6 percent, North Carolina’s at 9.2 percent, and Charlotte’s at 9.4 percent. That puts Charlotte in the “coveted” 287th place out of 372 metropolitan areas for which statistics are available.

That’s hardly an acceptable level of job creation, let alone an exemplary one.

Robert F. Salvia

Charlotte


In response to “Orr says authority should run airport” (April 30):

Follow Orr’s recommendation, he has long trail of success

The battle over the airport leadership should be over.

For many years the city ran the airport successfully. It was smaller and it worked, in large part because of Jerry Orr’s leadership. The airport is a mammoth success story when you compare it to the dingy airports around the country.

Orr should have a medal pinned on him, and we should follow his recommendation for an airport authority.

H.A. Thompson

Charlotte


In response to “Top CMS official to leave post” and “School honored for helping minorities” (April 30)

CMS needs more inspiring principals like Gimenez, Ream

Over the years, I’ve watched Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools principals win awards and then rapidly move up to central office roles. Did the children benefit from those promotions? I’m not sure. I hope more educators like Tyler Ream and Suzanne Gimenez will choose to take a vow of stability, stay put, and then follow in the footsteps of folks like Capital Prep Principal Steve Perry who passionately advocates for the needs of children in high-poverty schools.

Next step? Let’s create a continuum of success for our children by reading about “The Principal That Could” at the middle and high school levels.

Joe Hamby

Charlotte


Growing list of ‘scandals’ enough to make my head spin

The Friday night firing of the N.C. Board of Elections; video game political donations flowing like a Sugar Creek flood; US Airways drafting airport authority legislation; Charlotte getting backstabbed by its neighbors; and most everyone seeking plausible deniability.

The pace of our scandals is making me dizzy.

H.D. Kirkpatrick

Charlotte


In response to “Syria may have used chemical weapons” (April 26) and related Forum letters:

Obama ‘dawdles’ on Syria

and the world is watching

With Syria’s now confirmed use of chemical weapons against the opposition, the feckless, weak and dangerous foreign policy of the Obama administration is laid bare for all to see.

The president declared in 2012 that Syria’s use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” and be a “game changer.”

Now that the red line has been crossed, he continues to dawdle and call for the UN to investigate – instead of acting decisively.

No doubt, Iran, North Korea, China and Russia will notice.

Keith T. Brittain

Pineville

Too early to beat drums of war on Syria; learn from the past

The war drums are being beaten again prematurely, and perhaps unnecessarily.

Some of us remember the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that sucked us into the Vietnam morass. That was followed in a similar pattern by weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Now we have accusations of chemical weapons being used in Syria. Let’s have verifiable proof and then do some hard thinking before putting our country in another war based on false premises.

In addition, aren’t two current ongoing wars enough?

Gary Jacobs

Mooresville


In response to “Welfare drug tests just another attempt to usurp basic rights” (April 26 Forum):

Drug testing me, but not those on aid creates double standard

I’m a registered nurse. Before I could get a job in the hospital, I had to do a mandatory drug test.

Everyone I know who is employed had to get a mandatory drug test to work, and we’re the ones paying taxes to support these welfare recipients.

Tell me, why is it OK to drug test the people who are working to provide for these people, but it is not right to drug test the recipients of our taxes?

Sharon Sullivan

Charlotte


In response to “Curry made me jump and shout” (April 30 Sports):

Sure is fun watching NBA’s Curry prove everyone wrong

The NBA hadn’t interested me much until Stephen Curry showed up.

My oldest son graduated from Davidson and we watched Curry fill the stands for years.

Every major school passed on this kid except the Wildcats. He was either too small, not tough enough or couldn’t play defense.

You can’t measure heart, and Charlotte’s own Stephen Curry can flat out shoot the basketball.

Jim Cherry

Charlotte

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