Having airport authority will reduce political meddling
Relax everybody; the airport is not going away! The management would not change under the new airport authority. It will continue to be run by Jerry Orr and his chosen successor.
And the airport would be insulated from the City Council, the same management team that passed a budget that included the $119 million streetcar project.
What we should be concerned about is preserving the great flight schedules that attract companies to our region, far more flights than local traffic justifies.
Mr. Orr has shown us how to do that and the legislature has done what they could to continue his policies and protect the facility from political meddling.
In response to Airport fight moves to court, ends Orrs 24 years as chief (July 19):
Orrs ouster proof that City is lousy at airport management
Jerry Orr is the reason our airport is what it is and what it can be. His leaving is exactly why the City of Charlotte needs to be out of management of the airport!
Wayne Smith Jr.
Fed up with the childish antics on both sides in airport debate
I am waiting anxiously for an adult to show up in the conversations about the Charlotte airport. Voters are getting the government that they deserve.
John Drew Roberts Sr.
In response to Ruth Samuelsons Why we passed the airport bill (July 18 Viewpoint):
Samuelsons justification for airport power grab ludicrous
Ruth Samuelson and companys explanation as to why the N.C. legislature is appointing an independent regional airport authority is nothing short of ludicrous.
Without even a hint of irony, they claim government is more likely to wait until a system is broken before they fix it. They say hallmarks of government bureaucracy are a reluctance to change and an aversion to relinquishing power.
We can only assume that the term government here applies exclusively to the Charlotte City Council and that the legislature is immune from any negative connotation it might convey.
This power grab violates all standards of decency.
In response to Group: Campaign funds fueled Duke coal-ash deal (July 17):
Duke offers no promise that toxic ponds will be cleaned up
Duke Energys agreement to take corrective action as needed about their coal-ash ponds shouldnt relieve anyones concerns about our drinking water.
Carcinogens and neurotoxins from these ponds flow into Mountain Island Lake continuously via leaks and Dukes own ditches. The settlement provides no assurance whatsoever that the toxic ponds will be cleaned up or removed. The agreement to keep studying the problem does not protect our water supply, but the stalling does show us the kind of stranglehold Duke has on our state government.
Rankings show N.C. not on a comeback as McCrory claims
In his July 12 response to the New York Times Gov. Pat McCrory wrote: The North Carolina Im leading today is on a powerful comeback.
That same day we learned that North Carolina plummeted on CNBCs Americas Top States for Business from No. 4 in 2012 to No. 12 in 2013. With McCrory leading the charge, N.C. ranked 30th of 50 states in quality of life, 32nd in costs of doing business.
It is troubling to have a leader who says one thing while the opposite is true. He speaks of a powerful comeback as we regress. He calls insiders outsiders. He pledges no further restrictions to womens health care, then further restricts.
As McCrory plays with what is true, North Carolina suffers.
Curb spending or other cities will follow in Detroits path
At one time Detroit was a thriving city with plenty of industry, a strong tax base and sound infrastructure.
What happened? My belief is that the city governments long-term tax-and-spend policy was the major cause of Detroits bankruptcy.
The frightening thing is that our federal government is doing the same thing. Look at a bar scale and see how much our national debt has increased in the past five years.
I urge voters to be Americans first, party members last; vote for those who pledge to get us back on track to fiscal responsibility.
Tega Cay, S.C.
Evangelical Christians want their values made into law
Evangelical Christians are trying to change our laws so that their religious values are enforced by civil law.
The crop of heretics we currently have in Raleigh are corrupting our freedoms. How can forcing women into back allies to get an abortion be seen as improving womens health?
Abortions are bad. There is only one thing worse and its forcing people to accept a religious value which they do not freely and fully support.
Put religion back into churches and morals and ethics back into our politicians.
Robert A. Coppola
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