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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Mayor, county complete CLT picks” (Oct. 2):

County board’s airport appointment purely political

Mecklenburg County’s appointment to the Airport Commission was perhaps one of the most significant appointments we will have made as commissioners in years.

For the majority of the county board to allow political favor to rule the day on this vital appointment is an insult to the millions of travelers who will pass through this economic engine we call Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Completely ignoring the sterling qualifications of other applicants, the majority of the board’s Democrats chose to appoint a person endorsed by Mel Watt, Harry Jones and Harvey Gantt, rather than focus on the skill sets needed to complete a body charged with oversight of a multi-billion dollar operation.

Political cronyism at its finest.

Karen Bentley

Charlotte


In response to “Battle anniversary events in peril at national park” (Oct. 3):

Don’t let shutdown ruin Kings Mountain battle anniversary

It is a horrible idea to “hold hostage” the memorial exhibits and anniversary events at Kings Mountain military park.

For more than 80 years, Kings Mountain has enticed visitors to come and experience what Thomas Jefferson called the “turning point of the American Revolution.”

The paved trails winding through the woods and around British Gen. Patrick Ferguson’s cairn hold a wealth of historical knowledge that should not be discouraged by political games.

David Starling

Charlotte

In response to “Put blame for shutdown where it lies – with the U.S. Senate” (Oct. 2 Forum):

Can’t blame Senate; House has yet to respond to latest bill

I agree with Forum Writer Tripp Cherry’s description of the frustrating process we are witnessing in Congress. But, as usual, there is more to the story.

The House did indeed send a bill to the Senate, and the Senate did indeed reject it. But, the bill did not stop there. The Senate amended it and sent it back to the House for a vote.

There it sits, waiting for a vote.

The Senate has voted on every House bill. The House has yet to vote on the Senate’s response.

Roger Kitzmiller

Waxhaw

There’ll be no way to put Obamacare genie back in bottle

As both Republicans and Democrats parse and spin facts about the Affordable Care Act, most Americans are left scratching their heads about what the ramifications of this new law are.

It’s not that our existing health care system is without flaws. It certainly needs lots of improvement.

However, you do not have to be a prescient guru to see that this new 2,700-page piece of well-meaning health care legislation is much too long, much too complex, and much too far-reaching to be properly implemented.

Once this monster of a bill is released from its bottle, it may be far too late to put it back.

Barry Marshall

Charlotte


In response to “Go ahead, boycott restaurants that ban guns; I’ll feel safer” (Oct. 3 Forum):

Safer place would be in restaurant that allows guns

If you were a crook or whack job intent on murder and terror, would you choose to attack an establishment that bans guns, thus ensuring no one could fight back, or a place where there is a high possibility that one or more in the crowd could defend themselves?

Those such as Forum writer Holly Saftner may think they are safer in a no-gun restaurant, but they are only fooling themselves.

Since evil doesn’t make an appointment it will be too late to change your mind when it shows up.

Christopher Gray

Waxhaw


In response to “3 charged after shootout, chase” (Oct. 1):

Article focused too much on CMPD officer’s history

By all appearances, CMPD officers did a near-perfect job in this event which could have ended much worse.

But what did the accompanying headline focus on? “One of the officers in the case was involved in fatal shooting last year”

Fully one-third of the article was dedicated to retelling that older story, while the extensive criminal records of the arrestees were only briefly mentioned.

The article and headline made it appear the Observer is planting seeds for more criticism of CMPD.

Jeff Kaylor

Mount Holly


McCrory doing the right thing by fighting voter ID lawsuit

Eric Holder’s voting rights lawsuit is not about voting rights. It is about victimization and a U.S. attorney general who sees racism around every corner.

It is about punishing a state that went overwhelmingly for the Republican Party.

Frankly, minority citizens in North Carolina should be insulted that the federal government and the media infer they do not have the intelligence or common sense to follow the new voting laws like any other citizen.

I bet they do.

Every citizen who wants to ensure the honesty of our elections should support our governor and state legislators fighting this lawsuit.

Elton Shoemaker

Charlotte

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