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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Council still stinging over consultant’s conclusions” (May 7):

Mistake to employ consultant who was former US Airways VP

Someone please explain how a supposed “independent” consultant can possibly give an independent recommendation if he previously worked for the company trying to tell us how to run our airport.

The Charlotte City Council shouldn’t be shocked or even struggle with this airport authority decision. If the airport is “spectacularly successful,” then it shouldn’t be taken over by a regional authority.

Jim Tamuccio

Charlotte


In response to “Union board says prayer without Jesus” (May 7):

Fight back against those who would eliminate prayer

Union County and others must stand up to these organizations that think they can wipe out religion.

So what if there is a prayer before meetings? It couldn’t do anything but help our sick society.

Maybe these organizations should remember that this country was founded on Christian principles. Do not bow down to these organizations.

Betty Norton

Charlotte


In response to “S.C. nullification bill pushes N.C. off stage” (May 6 Editorial):

I thought N.C. had hit legislative bottom, but then S.C. chimed in

I was feeling pretty optimistic about North Carolina’s chances of catching South Carolina in the race to the bottom with our bill to keep folks in state agencies from talking about climate change and the one to establish an official state religion.

But darn if South Carolina didn’t bounce back with ones to criminalize complying with Obamacare and any new firearms legislation.

It’s getting downright depressing.

William F. Burns Jr.

Charlotte


In response to “Obama needs to hope again” (May 5 Viewpoint):

GOP hasn’t moved right, rather has stuck by the Constitution

Columnist E.J. Dionne writes that the GOP has “moved far to the right.” To the right of what?

If the Constitution is the rock on which America stands, we see that the GOP has attempted to build upon that rock, while President Obama and the Democrats have moved away from that rock toward a bankrupt Europe.

Wishful thinking shielded by historical blindness is the Democratic modus operandi.

Ed Mesko

Charlotte


In response to “Tribe fights sale at Wounded Knee” (May 2):

Turn the tables on landowner asking $4.9M for historic plot

While discussing the exorbitant asking price for a piece of historic Wounded Knee, my husband suggested a clever solution. The local taxing authority could tax the land at James Czywczynski’s asking price, rather than the assessed value of $14,000. Perhaps that might convince him to reconsider his $4.9 million price tag.

Janet Taylor

Lincolnton


In response to “Uncertainties remain on drones” (May 6):

Like nuclear weapons, drones will come back to haunt us

We developed nuclear weapons and now must deal with the prospect that Iran and North Korea will develop them for use on our society.

While drones advance the cause of our national security in the short term, how does our government plan to track and verify 30,000 drones flying over the U.S.? What’s the probability that a terrorist might be at the controls of any one of those drones, armed with a nuclear weapon, or even conventional bombs or chemical weapons?

How soon we forget that terrorists used our own commercial airliners on 9/11. Think!

Jeff Lowery

Gastonia


In response to “Peers end pal’s lifelong ‘fight with his food’ ” (May 6):

East Meck students a wonderful example of our human potential

I was filled with emotion as I read about Brian’s Spoon, a transformative experience for the creators and Brian. These East Meck students reflect who we can be at our very best – a force for good!

Janie Uzzell

Mint Hill


In response to “ESPN reporter stood up for Christian values; I support him” (May 5 Forum):

Scripture says ‘love thy neighbor,’ not judge them

The values of most Christians in our society today are not at all similar to those expressed in many Forum letters.

There are Christian denominations that accept the concept of gay marriage, and in fact conduct such marriage ceremonies.

The values expounded by these writers are only utterances of hate, bigotry and intolerance, showing a viewpoint of non-acceptance of freedom of religion. These people do not follow their own guidance supported by scripture – where is the feeling of “love thy neighbor”?

Alan R. Goozner

Charlotte


Jerry Richardson should have tapped Panthers fans like me

Jerry, I’ll let you in on a secret. I currently own two seats that cost $52 each per game. I would pay $60. And if I am dumb enough to pay $5.75 for one beer, I am dumb enough to pay $6. You don’t need taxpayer money.

Gus Roca

Matthews

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