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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Uptown gridlock blamed on ‘misfire’ over filming” (Dec. 12):

Gridlock unacceptable; What if there had been an emergency?

The traffic gridlock that occurred Tuesday reflected a huge failure of many city agencies.

The mayor’s office, CDOT, Charlotte police and fire departments should all be held accountable for allowing a situation that could have led to catastrophic loss in the event of an emergency condition in the city center.

Violence and large-scale accidents have occurred in other cities, and they can occur in Charlotte.

I don’t wish to hear that first responders could not arrive in a timely manner because the center city was in a gridlock due to a film shoot.

John Xenakis

Charlotte


In response to “Watt confirmed for housing finance post” (Dec. 11):

Watt is the latest in a string of unqualified Obama appointees

Now we have almost a full deck in Washington of people who have no experience or credentials to hold a position.

I guess it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

Claude Dill

Charlotte


In response to “Palin’s class would help make her a great president” (Dec. 10 Forum):

Palin a great president? Show me her list of qualifications

Contrary to Forum writer John E. Lane’s assessment, neither party needs a “pin-up girl.”

What the country always needs is a good leader, regardless of party or gender.

I would challenge Mr. Lane to enumerate any serious qualifications Sarah Palin has in this category.

Pat Hogan

Charlotte

In response to “Obama finds diplomacy tricky at Mandela memorial” (Dec. 11) and related articles:

Obama’s trip to South Africa

at taxpayer expense a joke

Gravitas-man at the Nelson Mandela funeral, what a hoot: Handshakes and bows with the Cuban dictator; yuck-it-up selfies with his buds; and a self-serving speech to a half-empty stadium, accompanied by a fake sign-language interpreter.

Best yuck of all: sticking American taxpayers with the cost of the trip while Senate Democrats back home cut the budget cuts. What entertainment!

Kent Ashton

Concord


In response to “Quest for TV revenues spun college athletics out of control” (Dec. 8 Forum):

Cable TV companies play a role in college athletics situation

Almost 50 cents of every dollar of your TV cable bill is spent on sports television contracts, while a large percentage of viewers don’t even watch sports. (Los Angeles Times, Dec. 2, 2012)

Your cable bill is outrageous because the many are subsidizing the few.

The corrupting effects of money on college athletics will change when enough cable customers demand and receive a la carte programming.

Let those who watch pay, and when their bill goes through the roof, watch the ship right itself.

Paul Hefferon

Charlotte


In response to “Longing for a land line, a VCR and a Tab, thank you” (Dec. 10 Viewpoint):

Petri’s op-ed piece was tacky, an insult to baby boomers

Too bad the Observer doesn’t post the email address of Washington Post op-ed columnist Alexandra Petri. How else might we 61-year-old bumbling-boomer technophobes engage Siri on our custom-full-Apple ecosystem smart devices to admonish appropriately her breathtaking condescension and sweeping stereotyping?

Substitute gender, any religion, ethnic group, nationality, disability, or even body type for “60-year-old” or “boomer” in this column, and no way it would have passed muster on any reputable copydesk.

Maybe time for a resurgence of the old Gray Panthers?

What a tacky, disrespectful, offensive piece.

Tish Stoker Signet

Davidson


In response to “Amazon testing drones” (Dec. 2):

Amazon’s drones will be bad for small business, bring job loss

I don’t think this is a good idea. It will be great for Amazon, of course, but these drones will not be good for stores or small businesses.

With that kind of speedy delivery, people will stop going to stores, and eventually, those stores will go out of business. Hundreds of people could lose their jobs.

The economy will only get worse. Also, the price of Amazon merchandise will increase to balance the cost of the drones.

Though this is a great opportunity for Amazon, the rest of the business world will suffer the consequences.

Margaret Hall

Charlotte


City should’ve rejected design, footprint of new Harris Teeter

As I sat in my car yesterday on nearby Hopedale Avenue, I was appalled at how bad and out of place the new Myers Park Harris Teeter looks.

What a shame that the city approved the design and footprint of the ugly, totally incompatible building in midst of the beauty of that corner.

Even the statue of Hugh McManaway hangs his head in shame and embarrassment.

J. Edward Crutchfield Jr.

Charlotte

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