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City just wants to be able to siphon off airport revenue

Under the amended law, the City maintains ownership of the airport and appoints the majority of airport commission members.

The real reason they’re spending our tax dollars fighting this is that politicians on City Council want to keep the airport as a City bureaucracy subject to their political goals. They want to continue to siphon off revenue for pet projects as in the past – to the tune of millions for unnecessary police and a portion of the mayor’s salary.

How they can in good faith argue the airport is better off run by a political bureaucracy than it would be under an independent board of businessmen that they appoint, escapes all logic.

John H. Hasty

Charlotte

Orr betrayed city and can no longer be trusted to run airport

Jerry Orr held negotiations with those who planned to transfer control of Charlotte’s airport. Unknown to those who employ him, he agreed to support the plan provided he retained his position as director.

If control of the airport has been so ineffective, Orr should be one of those to shoulder the blame. He has engineered positive media coverage to raise his profile, but would have us believe he is now blameless just to secure his job and betray his employers.

He took salary from the City while secretly working against it. He has no honor and his tenure is and will be forever tainted.

John Conway

Charlotte


In response to “In Raleigh, pub says no to guns” (Aug. 2 Viewpoint):

A toast to Raleigh pub owner who won’t allow guns inside

I am glad that Gus Gusler of Players Retreat in Raleigh cares enough about his clients and his business to post a “no weapons” sign on his restaurant.

Even if the General Assembly is clueless about the concerns law enforcement has raised about the dangerous new law legislators passed, at least Mr. Gusler recognizes that mixing alcohol and guns is a bad idea.

Restaurant and pub owners in Charlotte, please follow his lead! I will be looking for the “no weapons” sign before I venture into your establishments.

Jennifer Roberts

Charlotte


In response to “Cookies, Gov. Pat?” (Aug. 1 Opinion):

Abortion is what’s cruel, and cookies were just kind gesture

Writer Gailya Paliga states: “The abortion bill is cruelty couched as care.”

What the heck does she think an abortion is? What could be crueler than brutally destroying the life of a baby in the mother’s womb by sucking it out alive?

Moreover, Gov. Pat McCrory was simply being nice by offering cookies. What’s so wrong with that?

Dave Verrill

Matthews

Cookies are nice, but real diplomacy begins with listening

I’m well known in the area for my cookie diplomacy.

Governor, you and I have a lot we agree and disagree on. I do not close my doors or my heart to discussion. I’d like to meet with you and bring you some cookies. I’ll even give you my special chocolate chip recipe.

To me equality starts with understanding, this happens by inviting people into your office, sit down with them and talk. And please remember the best part of talking is listening.

Roberta Dunn

Mooresville


In response to “Pat McCrory gets my pat on the back for his job performance” (July 30 Forum):

Impact of ‘sticking it to liberals’ will reach far and wide in N.C.

Forum writer Jim Hester said he hopes the governor continues to “stick it to you liberals.”

The object of the “sticking, ” however, is not liberals but women, the poor, minorities, the middle class, education, the environment, the unemployed, Medicaid recipients, and this state’s progressive reputation.

The worst thing that can happen to conservative Republicans is to get elected. It reminds us what they really stand for.

David A. Nachamie

Lincolnton


In response to “Speaking for Latinos, with little Spanish” (Aug. 1):

I disagree with what George

is ‘doing for the community’

Jess George of Charlotte’s Latin American Coalition is clearly infected with the altruism disease, going after that jolt of pleasure that comes when she’s able to give something away to a “deserving person.” Giving away big things provides the biggest jolt, of course.

But Ms. George, the country is not yours to give away.

J. Paige Straley

Hickory


Voter ID will discourage voting, no denying it’s a political move

The voter ID law is solving the wrong problem in North Carolina and everywhere else it has been deployed in various forms.

The much larger problem in our state and the country is not the wrong people voting – it’s not enough people voting.

Our laws should enable more citizens to exercise their power, not block that greater purpose.

It does not take a rocket scientist to recognize the intent of these laws. As an independent voter, I am insulted when people say these laws are not politically motivated. Of course they are.

Keith Wilson

Charlotte

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