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Increased flights over Lake Norman a potential disaster

Hundreds of flights flying over the Lake Norman area daily is a catastrophe waiting to happen.

Mountain Island Lake is the area’s major water supply. Lake Norman is home to three power generation facilities, including a nuclear one.

Lake Norman also harbors one of the largest dams in the state, one critical to downriver well-being.

We need to ensure these assets are safeguarded and citizens are not put at unnecessary risk. Who if anyone has completed a risk vs reward evaluation?

J.L. Dudas

Denver, N.C.


Wake up to the disaster that is Obamacare, D.C. politics

I am getting so discouraged with Washington.

You folks passed a disaster of a bill without reading it. Do you not see how many companies are cutting people back to part-time to avoid insurance and how many are dropping coverage to others?

I want to see Obamacare gone, Hillary Clinton locked up for the deaths in Benghazi, Eric Holder locked up for Fast and Furious, and heads needs to roll at the IRS for the way they’ve handled the tax-exempt status on applications.

The White House and Congress are dysfunctional; we need to see it fixed. The American people deserve better.

Jerome Abernathy

Bessemer City


Anti-Obamacare commercial plays fast, loose with facts

The TV commercial featuring Tricia the cancer survivor is without any logical or truthful basis and demeans the respect Tricia deserves.

She is being exploited by big money and moral-less politics. Stations should be ashamed to accept money for such nonfactual rhetoric.

The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. It was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and reaffirmed by the voting public in the presidential election of 2012.

I commend Tricia for meeting the challenges cancer presents. It is scary for those with insurance. Imagine how scary it is for those without any insurance coverage.

Larry Briggs

York, S.C.


In response to “In 21 hours, Cruz talks Obamacare in GOP terms” (Sept. 25):

All that drama from Ted Cruz added nothing to the debate

We must now be the laughing stock of the world! We have a senator reading bedtime stories to his daughters to keep a bill off the Senate floor.

Besides making our system a folly he made an idiot of himself and surely the chamber. I hope his constituents reject his bid for re-election.

Maybe it is time to change the Senate rules to simply vote a bill up or down without the drama presented by do-nothings.

Marvin Wilson

Mint Hill


In response to “Former Occupier gets on ballot” (Sept. 25):

Here’s why Zytkow deserves District 4 seat on City Council

This week Michael Zytkow became the first person to get on the Charlotte City Council ballot as an independent candidate.

He’s an experienced community activist who wants to preserve green space in our growing city.

He wants to ensure accessible, affordable public transportation, and see that Council concentrates its purse powers to benefit the citizens, not large corporations. He wants to ensure that Council adheres to its pledge of transparency by meeting and voting in open session.

He wants to do all this in the name of Charlotteans, unobligated to any established political party. That’s why you should vote for Michael Zytkow.

Ashley Hawkins Howard

Charlotte


In response to “NC school board to take 2nd look at book ban” (Sept. 24 CharlotteObserver.com):

Don’t let political correctness triumph over great literature

As a seventh grader, I am always trying to read more.

While some novels may be provocative, we shouldn’t let one mother impair the ability of an entire county to read great books.

For those who do not have the luxury of a library at home, school libraries are all they have.

We should allow students to learn from the classics and entrust their parents with the responsibility of making sure they can handle it.

Nicholas Miklaucic

Charlotte


In response to “A breakout team” (Sept. 25):

Applause for all who made Garinger soccer team possible

Hooray for Garinger ESL teacher, “assistant coach” and head cheerleader, Alexandra Iorio.

She and coaches Kyle Hunt and David Garrett are proving the value of vision, creativity and commitment in discovering the potential of immigrant students and under-valued public schools.

We need more like Iorio, Hunt and Garrett!

Denny Fernald

Charlotte

Finally! A positive story about soccer, with lessons for all

What a pleasure it was to finally read a positive article about soccer on the front page.

No one was killed, trampled or shot! Dedicated teachers and coaches helping Garinger students succeed academically through their love for the game! It’s a lesson for all in this community.

Soccer is a game the world plays. Let’s give it the respect it deserves.

Andrew Miller

Charlotte

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