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City Council risks running off US Airways, an unwise move

The threat of the Charlotte City Council using Charlotte Douglas International Airport as a cash cow was clearly heard by US Airways, hence the back-channel input to create an airport authority.

Think Charlotte hub status can’t disappear?

There is a merger with American Airlines going on and two former American hubs nearby – Raleigh and Nashville.

So go ahead and let a dysfunctional City Council chase off a hub, followed closely by the corporate headquarters and jobs the hub draws.

William J. Palanica

Charlotte

Orr keeps costs down, but Charlotte fliers pay the price

Is it possible that the reason US Airways loves airport director Jerry Orr so much is because their cost of doing business in Charlotte is so low?

Couple that with the airlines near monopoly at Charlotte Douglas which results in higher fares for locals.

What’s not for US Airways to love?

If US Airways/American continues to reap the benefits of a low-cost airport, they need to be a low-cost carrier in this market.

If not, raise the landing fees and cut the revenue sharing – whoever winds up in charge.

Use some of that money to reduce parking costs.

Dennis J. O’Connor

Concord


In response to “President stokes racism with Zimmerman trial comments” (July 23 Forum):

Facts show Forum writer, others wrong about Trayvon’s size

Forum writer David Verrill may have seen the photograph going around on the Internet showing a black man with multiple tattoos, very muscular and claiming it’s Trayvon Martin and that he was 6 foot 2, 175 pounds.

That photograph is not Trayvon Martin. If you look up the autopsy report put into evidence in the trial, you’ll see that Trayvon was only 5 foot 11 and weighed 158 pounds. He had two small tattoos, one of which was his mother’s name. If you saw the trial video of him in the convenience store you would have seen he was quite thin.

This was a tragedy for both Trayvon and George Zimmerman. George’s life will never be the same and Trayvon is dead.

Let’s give all this negativity a rest and pray for both families. God will take it from here.

Phyllis Copley

Pineville

In response to “Obama: Slain Fla. teen ‘could have been me’ ” (July 20):

Time to stop politicizing; focus instead on recent racial strides

I’m glad President Obama is traveling to Illinois this week. Maybe he can begin to practice what he’s preaching, which is to “bolster and reinforce our African-American boys.”

Yes, a travesty has occurred. But let’s not have race wars begin again since so many years have passed and so much goodness has been done.

Let us focus on the positive advances.

We should be focusing more on those areas and on cities such as Chicago, Detroit etc., where black on black killings are on the rise, rather than politicizing a horrible murder and two lives that are ruined forever.

Wendy Godfrey-Dean

Mooresville


In response to “Protesters gather in Raleigh to fight for voter ID law” (July 23):

Even a few cases of voter fraud unacceptable; adopt voter ID

Those opposed to the voter ID bill rightly claim that there is no widespread voter fraud in this state. The fraud isn’t widespread, but it does occur.

I was taught in school that every vote counts. To claim that only having a few cases of voter fraud in each election is acceptable is tantamount to saying that each and every vote doesn’t really matter, and that if you don’t feel like going to the polls, your absence – or conversely, your presence – really isn’t going to make a difference.

Tom Kerr

Charlotte


In response to “Charlotte’s poor face long road to middle class” (July 22 CharlotteObserver.com):

Taxing rich won’t solve this problem; values must change

I was not surprised to hear that family structure was one of four factors in income mobility. It is back to the basics, y’all.

Complex tax incentives and tax burdens on the rich do not create a society in which members want to pull up their bootstraps and make something of themselves.

Parents who teach morals, show work ethic, preach the American dream and lead by example – these are the things that drive people to go from rags to riches.

Traci Cherry Cockerham

Charlotte


Buy U.S. goods or other cities won’t be far behind Detroit

The bankruptcy of Detroit should serve as a warning to the rest of the country.

If we continue buying foreign goods and ignoring locally manufactured products, the same fate awaits us all.

Do not take comfort in that the other end of the ship is sinking. The entire vessel will eventually go under.

John A. Marszalek

Charlotte


Offset military cuts by moving brass out of swanky mansions

The Observer’s July 22 front page carried the headline “Hagel warns of cuts ahead” and outlined the impact of those cuts on our military readiness.

Simply by turning to page 5A and reading “Military housing costs studied,” (July 22), Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel could probably find more than enough money to offset these cuts.

What an incredible, arrogant waste of resources.

Ken Rowsam

Chester, S.C.

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