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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Getting Boeing called unlikely” (Dec. 12):

Landing Boeing would make area’s ‘miserable’ traffic worse

Is it really in the interest of Mecklenburg County inhabitants to invite more companies like Boeing and its 8,000 families?

If we continue the development of communities at the rate of the last 20 years we will soon have buildings on every square foot in the county and our already miserable traffic congestion will be even worse.

Transportation of freight and people by rail would provide some relief on our roads, but there seems to be no movement in that direction.

Bill Brannon

Davidson


In response to “Legal fees soaring in airport dispute” (Dec. 13):

Protracted battle over airport is wasting precious tax dollars

I always thought our elected officials were supposed to be wise stewards of our tax dollars.

In this airport fiasco two different governmental bodies have spent almost a million dollars, while each is paying a full-time director to do the same job – and taxpayers are footing the bill for both sides.

Who really thinks this is for the public good and a wise use of our tax dollars?

Jim Van Meerten

Charlotte


In response to “CDOT: No rush-hour sequel” (Dec. 12):

My long list of frustrations with local traffic management grows

Who is genuinely surprised that the Charlotte Department of Transportation allowed filming of a TV pilot to gum up downtown workday traffic?

I’ve sat through interminable traffic lights or no-turn-on-red cycles at midnight, when most sentient people would expect traffic to be minimal.

I can’t even count the intersections that have protected left-turn cycles even when there are no vehicles in the left-turn bay.

Further, the overlong cycles that allow traffic to build up increase frustration and road rage, diminish fuel economy, encourage speeding and red-light running, and exacerbate fossil-fuel pollution.

Surprised? Nope. Frustrated? Check!

Ray Otstott

Charlotte


In response to “Why applaud single-mom celebrities?” (Dec. 13 Viewpoint):

Glad to see African-American tackling single-parent issue

Finally a black pundit writes about the epidemic of single-parent children. With 73 percent of black children born out of wedlock, the problem grows exponentially but remains a subject “off limits” to black leadership.

One of the first steps in addressing this epidemic is acknowledging the problem, something black leadership has to date failed to do. Perhaps voices such as Ms. Goff, with the courage to take up this taboo subject, will help build the discussion sorely needed on this subject.

Steve Monroe

Charlotte


In response to “Palin a great president? Show me her list of qualifications” (Dec. 12 Forum):

History will show Obama

to be worst president ever

Really Forum writer Pat Hogan? I suppose you think being a community organizer, and a senator were better qualifications than a governor?

You need to look at what Barack Obama has done to this once-great country of ours. Better yet, what he hasn’t done.

Obama will go down in history as the worst president ever.

Gary Geissman

Kannapolis

In response to “City should have rejected design, footprint of new Harris Teeter” (Dec. 12 Forum):

New Harris Teeter store suits neighborhood, give it a chance

The hodge-podge of features on the Myers Park Harris Teeter – collectively referred to as “Classicism” – make the new store fit into the historic neighborhood much better than the previous Harris Teeter Express on the site did.

It also fits in better than a lot of other buildings which are not talked about, such as boxy stores done in a Modernist style.

It’s a beautiful and charming store. Give it a chance.

Ricky Willems

Charlotte

Store brings to mind oversized infill houses in Myers Park

I drove up Hopedale Avenue to see the new Harris Teeter from the perspective of Forum writer J. Edward Crutchfield Jr.

It didn’t bother me so much and I doubt old man McManaway cares much either.

It fits into the neighborhood as well as the behemoth house they built close to the road at Queens Road West and Princeton Avenue, and as well as the other oversize houses being back-filled on streets in Myers Park designed for smaller homes.

Allen Cooke

Charlotte


In response to “This Advent, do more to fight darkness than light a candle” (Dec. 8 For the Record):

All of us should take Garfield’s words to heart this holiday

At this time of the year too many of us put on our fancy clothes, go to our fancy churches to attend our beautiful services and light a candle.

We’re so caught up in the season that we tend to forget what the “season” is all about.

Our holiday prayer should be two things. (1.) Thank you, God, and (2.) How can we help others? Thank you, Ken Garfield, for bringing this to all of our attention!

Karen Schwartz

Charlotte

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