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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Airport talks do little to mend conflict” (July 25) and related articles:

City wrong to try to pin blame on airport consultant it hired

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee says the consultant hired by the city reportedly “didn’t understand” the city manager-council form of government.

Whose fault is that?

Richard Simcoe

Charlotte

In response to “Latest airport bill clears hurdle” (July 26) and related articles:

Latest airport grab a desperate attempt to subvert court order

The N.C. legislature’s panicked second law in just weeks stealing Charlotte’s airport is nothing more than an attempt to subvert a legitimate court order.

This legislative intrusion into the judicial domain of the courts should not be tolerated as constitutional.

If the legislature eventually wins in court, they should also win the almost $1 billion in bond debt used for airport improvements and pay just compensation to the City of Charlotte.

L.C. Coonse

Granite Falls


‘Liberal largess’ took Detroit; Charlotte headed same way

I am old enough to remember when Detroit was “the Paris of America.” I used to visit on weekends during World War II while stationed 80 miles away.

During that time, it was the arsenal of democracy, growing mechanical strength for America and its allies.

But alas, 70 years of liberal largess has gotten completely out of hand.

How long before this same fate happens to America itself?

Good luck to the Charlotte City Council, whose expedition into streetcars and light-rail trains is just a first step.

John B. Hackler

Charlotte


In response to “Teachers fret budget plans” (July 23):

Loss of best, brightest teachers from N.C. will be S.C.’s gain

Thank you N.C. General Assembly!

No, I am not a resident of North Carolina, but rather a long time resident of South Carolina.

We will gladly take your education master’s degree holders, your aspiring teachers, and your best and brightest in other fields as well.

Lansford Bell

Seneca, S.C.


Act now to close borders or face repeat of 1986 failures

If only Congress had acted on the promises made of a “closed and secure border” in 1986, the year of the last amnesty for illegal immigrants, none of this time-consuming, wasteful banter between the House, Senate and president would be necessary.

Yet, here we are with another 11 million-plus illegal immigrants who’ve already cost state and federal government billions in Medicaid, incarceration, education, etc.

If the latest plan is not enacted quickly to remedy the outrageous number of crossing attempts, we will be doing this all again in another 10 to 15 years.

Bill Kniegge

Waxhaw


Racism didn’t end with election of Obama; much work remains

Two items on Friday’s editorial pages display the essence of contemporary racism.

Forum writer Dickie Benzie’s letter implies that we have a right to fear anyone who is different. I would ask two questions: 1. Might we bear some responsibility for dealing with our own irrational fears? 2. What are we doing to eliminate barriers that keep others from playing and achieving on a level field?

The cartoon on the Viewpoint page, which implies that we can’t be racist because we’ve elected Barack Obama, fails completely to grapple with the truth that the core of racism is now institutional and demographic.

Obama was elected in spite of a rampant core of racism, not because we are no longer racist!

As the current drive toward disenfranchisement of minorities indicates, we have a long way to go to approach that end.

Paul Suko

Charlotte


Times editorial just confirms N.C. is headed in right direction

Our state’s vote regarding the Defense of Marriage Amendment and the rejection of the liberal agenda reflects the conservative perspective of the majority of N.C. residents.

We consider the July 11 New York Times editorial (“The Decline of North Carolina”) as confirmation we are moving in the direction of less government intrusion and more freedom.

Thank you for informing the Times’ readers. We look forward to discouraging newcomers who desire to return our state to the failed policies of liberalism.

Stephanie Falls

Gastonia


N.C. GOP has lost this Republican’s vote for good

I have never been as disappointed with anyone as I am with Thom Tillis, Pat McCrory and the Republican legislature.

You have set back the GOP to the Dark Ages with your regressive, anti-education, anti-Charlotte, anti-airport, anti-voter, anti-unemployment, anti-Medicare/Medicaid, legislation, etc.

Count on this: You will never get as much as a nod, much less a vote from this Republican.

I am not likely to ever vote for a Republican for state office again as a result of the rape, pillage and burn that you have levied against the formerly progressive state of North Carolina.

The very thought of having voted for you all in the past just makes me want to puke. I urge every person to vote all of you out of office as soon as possible.

Donald C. White Sr.

Cornelius

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