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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.

Ed Spears

Charlotte

In response to “Airport fight moves to court, ends Orr’s 24 years as chief” (July 19):

Orr’s 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.

Charlotte

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.

Waxhaw

In response to Ruth Samuelson’s “Why we passed the airport bill” (July 18 Viewpoint):

Samuelson’s justification for airport power grab ludicrous

Ruth Samuelson and company’s 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.

Pat Kunder

Charlotte


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 Energy’s agreement to “take corrective action as needed” about their coal-ash ponds shouldn’t relieve anyone’s concerns about our drinking water.

Carcinogens and neurotoxins from these ponds flow into Mountain Island Lake continuously via leaks and Duke’s 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.

Sally Kneidel

Charlotte


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 I’m leading today is on a powerful comeback.”

That same day we learned that North Carolina plummeted on CNBC’s America’s 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 women’s health care, then further restricts.

As McCrory plays with what is true, North Carolina suffers.

Dave Molinaro

Charlotte


Curb spending or other cities will follow in Detroit’s 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 government’s long-term tax-and-spend policy was the major cause of Detroit’s 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.

Jim Bennett

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 women’s health?

Abortions are bad. There is only one thing worse and it’s 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

Concord

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