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Supreme Court strikes another blow to our Christian heritage

Our leaders have decided to ease the path for same-sex marriages which cannot produce children. Our country allows us to kill the unborn child from heterosexual relationships. The White House has decided it can rule over the earth’s climate and control it.

Our Christian heritage has taken a downward turn for the worst. How long will God turn His wrath from our land and allow this evil to continue?

Thomas Latimer

Charlotte

High Court sending message with recent decisions. Hear it?

Whether it be the changes to the Voting Rights Act or Defense of Marriage Act, kudos to the Supreme Court for laying it out there, telling the people to become more engaged with the dynamics of politics and those we elect. Either you accept what is going on – as most are – or you take an active role in the process to help bring results when they are needed the most.

Floyd Prophet

Kannapolis


In response to “McCrory, Tillis urge airport compromise” (June 27) and N.C. Opinions: Raleigh “For McCrory, no retreat from special interests” (June 26 Opinion):

Compromise is great, now put it to work for the ‘little people’

Congrats to the “governor, a top lawmaker, and a prominent Charlotte businessman” for averting disaster on the Charlotte airport “grab.”

Would it be possible for some of these same folks to devote just a fraction of that attention to correcting the looming disasters for the “little people” being caused by the N.C. legislature in the areas of education, health care, unemployment compensation, and the list goes on?

Of course the “little people” don’t have powerful, rich, lobbies working on their behalf. Nor can they afford $5,000 tickets to a retreat where just 150 of the governor’s campaign donors will get his ear.

Mary F. Englebert

Statesville


In response to “Somewhat disappointed, Africa awaits Obama visit” (June 26):

What’s ‘disappointing’ is the cost of Obama’s Africa trip

If Africa is “somewhat disappointed” about Obama’s 7-day trip there, imagine how many readers would be disappointed to know that this little family trip to Africa is costing taxpayers an estimated $60 to $100 million.

Gosh... I wonder how many days of children visiting the White House – tours were discontinued due to sequester – that trip would pay for?

Is there really enough good will coming from Africa to justify $100 million?

Bill Kniegge

Waxhaw


In response to “Waxhaw mayor issues statement on ‘traffic law violation’ ” (June 26 CharlotteObserver.com) and related articles:

Situation with Waxhaw mayor calls for more than censure

Waxhaw Mayor Daune Gardner sounds a bit narcissistic when she says “... I will continue to perform my duties as your mayor with the same vigor, grace and poise as should be required of any elected official.” How can a community respect a leader in her position after she used a town credit card to buy wine and beer? A charge of DWI and blood alcohol of 0.18 doesn’t sound much like grace or poise.

Is censure sufficient in this case?

Barbara Bell Kerr

Charlotte


N.C. leaders could learn a thing or two from Georgia politicians

N.C. elected officials should look south to see how a conservative, Republican governor and liberal, Democratic big-city mayor can work together.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, who has the ear of state lawmakers, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, a key ally of President Obama, are working together to promote early childhood education, attract and keep international corporate headquarters, and fund transportation projects and a new NFL stadium, all while positioning their state as a global hub for business.

The dramatic results prove that reaching across party lines and putting N.C. voters’ interests first could be a responsible, winning strategy for all.

Jay Ahuja

Mint Hill


In response to “US Airways CEO reassures senators about CLT hub” (June 26):

Beware, promises about hub status have failed in the past

It’s comforting to know that the CEO of US Airways assures our senators that Charlotte will remain a hub!

When USAir purchased Piedmont, then-USAir-CEO Edwin Colodny promised the Dayton airport that its hub would continue and so assured Ohio legislators. Within two years Dayton lost hub status.

By 2004, so did Pittsburgh.

Words and promises are just words. There needs to be some way to insist promises are kept!

Richard B. Reiling

Charlotte


This patient finds criticism of Tarwater’s salary unfounded

Why the constant criticism of Carolinas HealthCare CEO Michael Tarwater and his well-deserved 2012 compensation?

He has done a phenomenal job through the years at CHS.

As a former CMC patient, they literally saved my life. After two months of excellent care, I finally went home a grateful person for such admirable care.

Thank you, Mr. Tarwater, for the management job you have done in assembling such a great team of professionals. You are well worth what you earn.

Nancy B. Walters

Cramerton

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