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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “What video shows is in dispute” (Sept. 19):

Stop jumping to conclusions; wait for investigation results

Local TV news, the Observer’s letters to the editor, and civil rights leaders all seem to know what happened during the night Jonathan Ferrell was shot.

Here’s an idea, allow an investigation and the law to work.

Stop getting your exercise by jumping to conclusions. Calling for murder charges instead of manslaughter should not be the job of amateurs.

Jim Whalen

Salisbury


Rush to tear down Eastland Mall structure a mistake

If you wish to squelch the concept of movie studios at the Eastland Mall site, what better way than to begin destroying that lofty 1-million-square-foot structure we’ve already paid for – a building younger than SouthPark mall.

Don’t waste that asset while conducting a six-month feasibility study of the movie studio proposal. That’s putting the cart before the horse.

Think about sustainability.

Ethics and economic reality should compel the city to consider other options for the structure before tearing it down. Check it out before we realize we’ve just bought 81 acres of dirt.

Murray Whisnant

Charlotte


In response to “County OKs Carowinds perk” (Sept. 18):

County should’ve rejected tax incentives granted Carowinds

What politicians don’t understand is that giving lucrative tax breaks to select businesses is wrong. They should simply lower taxes for all, which will make Charlotte a more competitive and attractive place to do business.

As a loyal, Mecklenburg-based manufacturing company, it’s disheartening to see our property taxes fund other companies’ expansion plans.

All businesses should be treated fairly and equally – lower taxes for all!

Benjamin Stuck

Charlotte


In response to “FAA angers Orr, Vinroot” (Sept. 18):

Vinroot wrong to accuse city of gaming the system on airport

Airport commission attorney Richard Vinroot is being too clever by half.

Sensing there is a possibility that his side may lose the airport battle, he is conveniently paving the way for the perfect excuse: The other side is attempting to “game the system.”

His inference casts dishonor on all concerned; shame on him and those who hired him for pursuing this strategy.

Vinroot should do his best for his client, but if he loses he needs to have the integrity to own up to it.

Dan Laurent

Charlotte


In response to “Plan for car lots causes concern” (Sept. 17):

Don’t put auto mall next to Lynx station; it’s counterproductive

It is ironic that the Charlotte City Council is considering allowing the construction of an auto mall adjacent to the planned Lynx northern extension while the purpose of the light rail is to reduce our dependency on automobiles.

With auto malls already on South Boulevard, Independence Boulevard and at Exit 28 on Interstate 77, the proposed auto mall is unnecessary and counterproductive.

William A. Short

Charlotte


In response to “A good ozone summer in Charlotte, but we can do better” (Sept. 18 Opinion):

Federal, state government must stop enabling more dirty energy

Neither the federally-proposed Keystone XL pipeline nor N.C. House Bill 74, undoing decades of progress towards better air quality, are acceptable political behavior!

Citizens are contending with catastrophic climate events or watching young grandchildren with asthma struggle to breathe, as I am here in North Carolina.

Thank you June Blotnick of Clean Air Carolinas for highlighting that by spending $4 billion to cut carbon pollution American could avoid $26 to $60 billion in pollution costs.

What are these so-called “conservative” lawmakers trying to conserve anyway?

Deb Arnason

Wadesboro


In response to “Rally set to back Rowan officials” (Sept. 16) and related articles:

Rally for prayer at public meetings has opposite effect

Groups like Return America play an important role in helping to ensure the separation of church and state as desired and defined by our founding fathers.

If not for their protests, like the one Monday in support of praying county commissioners, I might forget to send my regular contributions to ACLU.

Debbie Bell

Charlotte


In response to “Infuriates me to read about another mass shooting in the U.S.” (Sept. 18 Forum):

Latest shooting makes me want to fight back against NRA lobby

Another mass shooting in the U.S. infuriates me also. The NRA’s lobby is obviously successfully achieving its goals.

We need a lobbying effort to combat the NRA. I would support that!

Barbara Williamson

Charlotte

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