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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Solar farms take heat in suburban communities” (Oct. 14):

Nuclear plant hasn’t hurt lake values; neither will solar farm

The Sailview residents who would drive past this solar farm now drive past a septic tank plant.

I can’t imagine a solar farm would hurt property values if the nuclear and coal plants already visible from pricey neighborhoods on the lake don’t hurt property values.

People move to the lake to see the water and drive past all sorts of eyesores to get to it. I am a top-producing real estate broker and I’m all for the solar farm.

Let’s be for a clean environment, both water and air.

Joanie E. Gardner

Sherrills Ford


In response to “CPCC growth tied to bonds” (Oct. 14):

Support CPCC bonds; it’s among area’s greatest assets

As the beneficiary of over 20 continuing education classes at Central Piedmont Community College, I consider it to be one of the most important assets Charlotte has to offer.

Over 70,000 students rely on its facilities to meet the needs of our diverse community.

Support the CPCC bonds. Even better, take a class or two.

Ed Carlson

Charlotte


In response to Jerry Orr’s “Let’s move forward on CLT airport” (Oct. 13 Viewpoint):

For CLT airport to move forward, Jerry Orr must go

Jerry Orr was a great airport director, but the legislation that led to the airport commission was politically motivated.

With appointees selected by the different county commissions, those chosen are more politically connected than ever.

Also, the airport operates entirely within city boundaries and will need to negotiate agreements with the City. The way the commission was created has set up an adversarial relationship between it and the City Council, which won’t be good.

It would be wiser to have professional managers with real experience running our airport.

It’s time for the City to search for the next airport director.

John Paul Galles

Charlotte

Return Orr as aviation director; it’s Ron Carlee who needs to go

It’s obvious that two personnel changes need to be made immediately in light of the war for Charlotte Douglas airport.

Send Jerry Orr back to the airport as aviation director. Geniuses don’t grow on trees, and wasting Mr. Orr’s considerable talents does a great disservice to the City of Charlotte, surrounding communities and the many users of the airport.

Send the vindictive Ron Carlee back where he came from. He obviously thinks his job is all about him, instead of all about the citizens of Charlotte.

Jim Farrell

Charlotte


In response to “Harris forgets that Baptists separate church and state” (Oct. 15 Forum) and related letters:

Black candidates use pulpit, so why shouldn’t Mark Harris?

What a glowing double standard epitomized by skin color. Political candidates routinely use the pulpit in black churches to advance their candidacy.

Where is the outcry?

Vilma Leake used the pulpit to advance Nick Mackey’s run for Mecklenburg sheriff – and he won. Where was the outcry?

This is another vivid example of bias in a country which touts itself as a country of equality!

Frank Harrington

Charlotte


Tackle the real problem, government over-spending

Our elected officials need to stop bickering over increasing the debt ceiling and instead implement programs to reduce government spending and decrease the debt.

The U.S. cannot keep spending as it has during the past few decades. If it takes a tea party attitude to reduce the spending, then I am all for it.

Reduce the government in our lives and work to totally remove us from debt. We want a surplus, not a national debt.

Nelson Woods

Fort Mill, S.C.


Cliff-hanger shenanigans making U.S. look bad worldwide

Our representatives in Washington say they want to do what’s right and best for the country. But is it really best for the country that these political maneuverings are destroying our reputation around the world?

C’mon guys, start acting like the responsible adults we thought we elected. Start functioning in an atmosphere of finding solutions instead of creating unenviable problems.

Harvey Cohen

Charlotte

In response to “Time to stop playing politics with a gun to the nation’s head” (Oct. 14 Forum):

Obama’s actions on debt ceiling just as hypocritical as others

If we are to point out Washington hypocrites, let’s not forget then-Sen. Obama who voted against raising the debt ceiling in 2006.

Consider his words back then: “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. ... Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

He could not have said it better.

Frank Ammirato

Mint Hill

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