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 cant 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
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.
Whats 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. OConnor
In response to President stokes racism with Zimmerman trial comments (July 23 Forum):
Facts show Forum writer, others wrong about Trayvons 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 its 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, youll see that Trayvon was only 5 foot 11 and weighed 158 pounds. He had two small tattoos, one of which was his mothers 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. Georges life will never be the same and Trayvon is dead.
Lets give all this negativity a rest and pray for both families. God will take it from here.
In response to Obama: Slain Fla. teen could have been me (July 20):
Time to stop politicizing; focus instead on recent racial strides
Im glad President Obama is traveling to Illinois this week. Maybe he can begin to practice what hes preaching, which is to bolster and reinforce our African-American boys.
Yes, a travesty has occurred. But lets 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.
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 isnt 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 doesnt really matter, and that if you dont feel like going to the polls, your absence or conversely, your presence really isnt going to make a difference.
In response to Charlottes poor face long road to middle class (July 22 CharlotteObserver.com):
Taxing rich wont 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, yall.
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
Buy U.S. goods or other cities wont 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
Offset military cuts by moving brass out of swanky mansions
The Observers 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.
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