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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Don’t let Orr return; his lack of loyalty should raise red flags

Jerry Orr should not be rehired by the City. He has shown an egregious lack of loyalty to the city where he has worked for decades.

It seems as if Orr wants the state to take over the airport for his own personal aggrandizement, as he has referred in the past to the airport as being his.

Could it be that he wants to work from the inside to prevent the City from retaining control?

During World War II they coined a word for such behavior: quisling. For the sake of the region, let’s hope Charlotte retains control of the airport.

Augie E. Beasley

Charlotte


In response to Maureen Dowd “It’s time to finally hard-delete Carlos Danger” (July 30 Opinion):

No difference between lies told by Clintons, people like Weiner

Yes, the Clintons did move the marker of acceptable behavior back, as they did much of the Ten Commandments.

They single-handedly moved that marker back so the likes of Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer and Mark Sanford can swim in a septic tank that the rest of us have to drink from.

It’s probably true that Weiner is a political grenade, but the Clintons taught all these scoundrels how to make one and how to make many gullible voters ignore it.

Barry Marshall

Charlotte


In response to “Nonprofits see exodus of leaders” (July 30):

Habitat leadership changed, but our success continues to build

The writer is chairman of Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte.

We were sorry to be included in the list of local nonprofits that have suffered from lost leadership.

While it’s true that Frank Spencer joined Habitat Charlotte as its new president in May 2012, Bert Green continues his 20-year career here. Ours is an example of well-planned and thoughtfully implemented leadership transition that has made Habitat Charlotte stronger, not weaker.

We were recently honored as one of the top seven Habitat affiliates nationwide. We will continue to provide Charlotteans with affordable housing through 15 percent additional growth in this, our 30th year, of community transformation.

Scott Bengel

Charlotte


In response to “Lawyers’ harmful business model” (July 31 Viewpoint):

Shine light on corrupt business model known as Wall Street

The New York Times offices are about three miles from Wall Street. If New York Times columnist Joe Nocera wants to write about corrupt business models that siphon billions of dollars out of the economy for no good purpose, he should start in his own backyard.

Paul Hefferon

Charlotte


In response to “Get government out of health care, let free market reign” (July 31 Forum):

Young, healthy, employed? Easy for you to reject Obamacare

I wonder if Forum writer Bill Girone would be singing the same tune if he had health problems, was older, and had to buy insurance on the open market.

Carla Grant

Catawba


In response to “Black community shares responsibility for situation” (July 26 Forum):

Wrong to indict entire race based on one prison statistic

People who use a statistic to denigrate an entire race are exasperating. Statistics prove that blacks are much more likely than whites to be sent to prison for minor offenses.

Every day blacks are assuming responsibilities for their neighborhoods, their cities, their children, and sometimes even your children. Before you toss stones you should investigate the parenting skills of those who raised Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook), James Holmes (Aurora), or Casey Anthony (Florida).

Yes, some white women do still clutch their purses in the presence of a black man, whether he’s wearing a hoodie or a suit. They’ve possibly been conditioned and misled by people like you to fear anyone who looks different.

Cecelia Foster

Matthews


Bias revealed in daily criticism of Republicans in Raleigh

Never in my life have I seen a newspaper so much in the pocket of Democrats in a state. The bias shown via daily diatribes against Republicans in office in Raleigh is laughable and sad.

The current administration is correcting a century of misguided policies and doing a great job. I love what they are doing and crack up daily at the left-leaning bias the Observer tries to peddle as centrist.

Doug Eberhart

Charlotte


Preregistration inspired me to vote; cutting it will feed apathy

Voting has always been a sacred right to me. In 2000, at age 17, I preregistered to vote in North Carolina so I could vote in the spring primary.

Now, the N.C. Senate has done away with preregistration. When asked why Sen. Bob Rucho said it was because preregistration was too confusing for high school students.

Mr. Rucho has vastly underestimated the teenagers of North Carolina. Preregistration is not confusing, it is inspiring.

One of the many consequences of this bill will be apathetic young voters.

Instead of building a generation that thinks its opinions do not matter, build one that has pride in its community and cares enough to make its voice heard.

Anna Pishko

Arlington, Va.

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