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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

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

Time for courts to decide limits of N.C. legislature’s reach

I hate to see the Charlotte airport authority wind up in court, as it will cost the everyone involved a lot of money. However, I think it is now necessary to determine the limits of power that the state legislature has – and particularly this one. In an article in this paper a few weeks ago, even Speaker Thom Tillis admitted the legislature was guilty of overreach.

Without clarification of just how far state power goes, what will they seek next? Our parks? Blumenthal? Where does it stop when you have a power hungry legislature and governor?

Lynn Daniel

Charlotte

Democrats wouldn’t have stolen airport from McCrory

Gov. Pat McCrory said that the airport takeover would not have happened when he was mayor. He’s absolutely right.

When he was mayor, the General Assembly was controlled by Democrats who made no effort to punish municipalities under Republican control by stripping them of value assets like they have done to Charlotte and Asheville. And if he had been mayor under a Republican-controlled legislature, they would have left Charlotte alone.

Just look at the bill creating this authority. While it gives surrounding counties input and control over Charlotte’s airport, it guarantees that their airports will remain 100 percent under local control. FYI, those counties and cities are all controlled by Republicans.

Melba Newsome

Charlotte

In response to “Obama: Slain teen could have been me” (July 20) and other articles:

President stokes racism with Zimmerman trial comments

President Obama continues to fan the flames of racism and divide this country even further with comments like Trayvon Martin “could have been him 35 years ago.” Sending Eric Holder to continue to investigate for evidence of a hate crime discredits all previous true hate crimes such as those seen with Emmett Till and Medgar Evens.

This 6-foot-2, 175 lb. young man (not the picture of the young child that the press continues to publish) acted aggressively, and George Zimmerman protected himself from potential life-threatening injuries. The jury made its decision based on the facts of the trial – not on race, as the president implies with his ill-timed comments.

David E. Verrill

Matthews

Media, public need to move on from trial verdict, aftermath

The justice system has done its job. I wasn’t there when the shooting happened; neither were those staging the “Justice for Trayvon” rallies.

Continuing coverage of the case and the “rallies” only stir up animosity needlessly – something the Obama administration wants in order to challenge Stand Your Ground laws and citizens’ rights to defend themselves.

The 95 percent of us who are law-abiding, not hanging on every drama perpetuated by the media, not seeking publicity to further a political agenda have seen enough. You don’t need to continue the hype.

Tim Deal

Salisbury


In response to “On Egypt, Obama’s again all words without deeds” (July 19, U.S. Opinions):

Morsi is gone – we shouldn’t bemoan how it came to be

Let’s make a comparison. We don’t do anything when Mohammed Morsi is removed from power in Egypt and the Washington Post’s editorial bemoans the fact. Just imagine that it is 1933 and the German military removes Hitler from his legally appointed power. Who in their right mind would regret that?

Ed Garland

Charlotte


I’d like my car to just be a car, not a vehicle for more gadgets

A carmaker’s ad asks “Shouldn’t your car be more like your Tablet?” Well, I don’t know anybody who thinks that’s a particularly good idea. But here we are, careening around town updating our social media info while we have a lane-departure monitor, and adaptive cruise control to keep us from killing ourselves or others.

It’s marketing genius when you can sell solutions to problems after you’ve sold them the problem in the first place.

Tom Massey

Waxhaw


In response to Michael Ramirez editorial cartoon (July 19):

Rolling Stone article offered insight into critical question

“Glamorizing Terrorists to sell magazines”? “Publicity Whores”? I don’t recall such excoriation when the media published the same photo accompanying their news stories.

I would urge Mr. Ramirez to actually read the 10-page article on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that sought answers to how a seemingly normal high school kid turned into a terrorist. This in-depth, 10-page analysis goes well beyond the news stories of last April and May in an effort to answer the question “Why?”

Roger Colberg

Mint Hill

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