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Charlotte needs lower airfares; that won’t happen with merger

What Charlotte Douglas airport needs is competitive airlines, not mergers.

My brother died in Houston on Christmas. The round-trip airfare for two out of Charlotte was $2,800. The same airfare out of Raleigh was $800.

Our son drove us to Raleigh and our Raleigh flight stopped in Charlotte where we boarded the same flight we would have taken for $2,800.

US Airways is taking unfair advantage of those who fly out of Charlotte.

Alice Battle

Charlotte


In response to “Holder fights mandatory minimum drug sentences” (Aug. 13):

Holder’s plan for minor drug offenders boils down to votes

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s extralegal scheme to soft peddle prosecution of drug dealers has nothing to do with mercy and everything to do with practical politics.

Drug dealers are not available to vote Democrat when they are in prison.

Philip M. Van Hoy

Charlotte


Stam’s sexist comment puts N.C. back in negative spotlight

Congratulations Republican Speaker Pro Tem Paul Stam – in one sentence you managed to disrespect State Superintendent June Atkinson two different ways.

By saying “She should stick to her own knitting,” you disrespected her job, and disrespected her sex.

I was worried that a couple days might go by without significant national negative press from a Republican in the legislature, or the governor.

Keep up the good work!

Richard Kurlander

Charlotte

In response to “Defund Obamacare, Pittenger, or face a true conservative” (Aug. 13 Forum):

GOP offers no viable alternative to Obamacare, just gets in way

It bothers me that so many like Forum writer Trigg Cherry are so ready to torpedo their own representatives over their obsessions with the Affordable Care Act.

To deny that we have problems with our health care system is obtuse. Although the Affordable Care Act may not be the best of all worlds, it at least tries to address the problem. If you don’t like the solution, come up with an alternative.

Regardless of what you think of the ACA, people still show up at the emergency room for their health care and we all pay for it.

If there are parts of the ACA that Republicans don’t like, make a proposal, fix it. Otherwise, get out of the dang way.

Timothy Weeks

Fort Mill, S.C.

In response to “Here’s why I won’t push to defund Obamacare this time” (Aug. 15 Forum):

Pittenger’s thinking on Obamacare is all wrong

My long-time friend Robert Pittenger is dead wrong in his arguments for voting to fund Obamacare.

His argument that “critical services” would be cut and that our servicemen would be “left to worry” about their paychecks shows he does not fully understand the damage caused by throwing money into this monstrosity. Has he fully considered the galaxy of jobs that will be lost by implementing this boondoggle, or the skyrocketing premiums that we’re already seeing in places like California and Ohio because of it?

The world won’t end if the federal government shuts down. State and local government will keep providing vital services like police, fire and schools. And most veterans I know don’t want candy from the government. They want Obamacare unfunded.

Lynn Wheeler

Charlotte

In response to Taylor Batten’s “Is General Assembly scaring off business?” (Aug. 11 Opinion):

Quit capitulating to the ‘wrecking crew’ in Raleigh

The Observer’s editorial board seems cowered and intimidated by criticism from the right. It first exhaustively exposes and vigorously admonishes the legislature and governor for their severely regressive excesses, moves which imperil our state’s business magnetism.

But now Editorial Page Editor Taylor Batten takes a sharp turn, respecting two competitive views with a classic false equivalence. The Forbes report he cites is especially unconvincing as it’s based upon data gathered well before this wrecking crew conquered Raleigh. Shame on the Observer, capitulating to the misguided minority.

Gary Jackson

Charlotte


In response to “Project Runway, but no holiday parade? Bad decision, Belk” (Aug. 14 Forum):

Belk gives much to Charlotte, time for another to step up

While I empathize with Forum writer Bobbie Foard, I feel Belk is getting a bad rap.

As a former longtime associate, I saw firsthand how the company, family and Belk Foundation impacted and continue to serve the area. Look around and you’ll see the Belk name at schools, hospitals, churches, etc.

Countless companies that call Charlotte home could emulate the Belk example and get the parade back on the schedule for Thanksgiving 2013.

Scott Vitez

Charlotte

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