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Carlee is on a misguided mission – with a vengeance

City Manager Ron Carlee should be embarrassed to be squandering almost $300,000 of taxpayer money on an obvious personal and political vendetta witch-hunt audit of Jerry Orr’s tenure as airport director.

In digging through 24 years of service, I’m sure they’ll find some T’s that may not have been crossed or I’s not dotted.

But if his intention is not vengeful and truly to uncover any “irregularities” or even possible corruption, our precious taxpayer money would be much better invested in a long-overdue forensic public audit of the CRVA, our transit system, or his own office.

Wayne Powers

Charlotte

Here are some other issues that need attention at airport

While the City is scrutinizing some major CLT issues, many minor airport issues need to be looked at.

Departing from Concourse A last weekend one would find ripped seat covers, many with the stuffing coming out, an inch of dust covering the seat frames, WiFi not accessible at the concourse end, and moving walkways shut down.

Looks like no one is minding the store at our “well-run” airport while the City and state are tussling over CLT’s management.

Barry Sherbal

Charlotte


In response to “Protests had police looking for anarchists” (Oct. 8):

That police chief hunted for “anarchists“ in the wrong place

N.C. General Assembly Police Chief Jeff Weaver claims he was looking for “anarchists” at Moral Monday protests and that his officers are trained to spot them in the crowd.

Anarchy is defined as “belief in the absence of government, and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.”

Isn’t that the definition of the tea party?

If Chief Weaver is “collecting intelligence” on the tea party crowd, I’m guessing it’s a pretty thin file.

Janet Blanchard

Charlotte


In response to “Men who claim they were abused at Concord school bond online” (Oct. 6):

We need more schools like Jackson Training School

Maybe if we had places like the Stonewall Jackson Training School today that handed out real discipline, verses the political correctness we have, we would not have some of the problems we have today.

In this article I saw real problem boys, some of whom became responsible people after learning a valuable lesson at Jackson.

I remember taking a school field trip there and seeing the boys made to do laundry, milk cows, paint, and anything else the school needed. They were very self sufficient.

I learned a lesson, too – that I never wanted to end up in a place like that.

Grant Eagle

Concord


GOP willing to wreck the country over Obamacare

It’s bad enough that Republicans brought us George W. Bush, mindless wars and a crashed financial system.

Now they’ve shut down the government and want to default us for the first time in our history.

Why do they do this? They don’t like Obamacare. And since they can’t get the votes to overturn it, they’ll wreck the country – because extortion is just another part of democracy?

If Republicans dislike government so much, maybe they can just stay away from it so that the adults – the Democrats – can do the job they were elected to do.

Chris Porier

Charlotte

In response to “Obama: Put debt ceiling to vote” (Oct. 8):

Obama wants debt ceiling raised, but then what?

One question needs to be asked of our president:

Mr. President, the country has almost $17 trillion in debt. You want to raise the debt ceiling even further to spend even more money we don’t have. Homes, businesses, towns, Stockton, Detroit, Greece, all prove that being in debt is unsustainable.

So when the inevitable crash occurs what is the plan?

Carl Wideberg

Charlotte


Time to set job qualifications for members of Congress

I find it interesting that tea party representatives are saying and doing ridiculous things. It’s as if they have no education.

It’s time for Americans to demand qualifications for office.

No one that I am aware of can get a job, no matter how rich, without a resume of past experience and results from such experience.

Someone should post, print and televise the resumes of all the members of Congress.

Then, “we the people” should set the needed criteria for candidates to be able to run for office.

Currently, it’s obvious that it’s just money, not intelligence.

Ronald W. Cassese

Statesville


Lung cancer kills more women; it deserves attention too

During this month of pink October, we bring well deserved awareness to breast cancer.

However, next month is lung cancer awareness month, and more women die from lung cancer than breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer combined.

Use the gray month of November to educate yourselves – both men and women – about this disease. Information can be found at lungcanceralliance.com.

I write this to honor my friend, Lois Cooper.

Bonnie Stronach

Columbia, S.C.

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