Ludicrous of Obama to tout Foxxs 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 Foxxs 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 administrations Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the U.S. unemployment rate at 7.6 percent, North Carolinas at 9.2 percent, and Charlottes at 9.4 percent. That puts Charlotte in the coveted 287th place out of 372 metropolitan areas for which statistics are available.
Thats hardly an acceptable level of job creation, let alone an exemplary one.
Robert F. Salvia
In response to Orr says authority should run airport (April 30):
Follow Orrs 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 Orrs 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.
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, Ive watched Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools principals win awards and then rapidly move up to central office roles. Did the children benefit from those promotions? Im 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? Lets create a continuum of success for our children by reading about The Principal That Could at the middle and high school levels.
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.
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 Syrias 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 Syrias 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
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. Lets have verifiable proof and then do some hard thinking before putting our country in another war based on false premises.
In addition, arent two current ongoing wars enough?
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
Im 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 were 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?
In response to Curry made me jump and shout (April 30 Sports):
Sure is fun watching NBAs Curry prove everyone wrong
The NBA hadnt 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 couldnt play defense.
You cant measure heart, and Charlottes own Stephen Curry can flat out shoot the basketball.
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