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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Airport panel to consider whether to keep Jerry Orr” (Dec. 18):

Commission’s first act should be to fire Orr and disband

At its meeting today the Charlotte Airport Commission should do two things: Fire Jerry Orr and disband as a commission.

I was under the impression from Sen. Bob Rucho and other Republicans that the commission was to take politics out of the running of the airport.

I was also led to believe the airport would become a Third World entity without Jerry Orr at the helm.

Seems the airport is doing just fine, even better than fine without Orr’s intrepid leadership.

Augie Beasley

Charlotte


Obama going about this whole health care thing all wrong

A big reason for the health issues in this country are Americans themselves. We have one of the highest obesity rates in the world.

How about we incentivize people for taking care of themselves and not try to change the whole system?

President George H.W. Bush was raked over the coals for “Read my lips, no new taxes.” So tell me why in the world we are making excuses for Obama and his promise that no one’s existing policies would be taken away.

Hey Mr. President, did you lie to us?

David Finby

Matthews


In response to “Overcoming hurdles of affordable housing” (Dec. 17 Our View) and related letters:

Hard facts needed on just who lives in affordable housing units

Once again Charlotteans protest an unpopular affordable housing project. And once again your editorial pages talk of the police officers and teaching assistants who could be the beneficiaries of the scheme.

But somehow, whenever you cover a “successful” project, the only families we see are single women – usually on welfare – and their children.

You could bring clarity to the controversy with some hard facts. Why not ask the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership what percent of the tenants in affordable housing projects are police officers, teachers/teaching assistants, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other underpaid municipal workers? Indeed what percentage are people with “low incomes but steady jobs”?

This would do much to support your claim that this proposal shouldn’t be unsettling to the neighbors.

Gautam Bose

Charlotte


In response to “Rucho is an embarrassment, should apologize for tweet” (Dec. 18 Forum) and related articles:

Rucho speaks his mind, I like that; GOP needs more like him

Sen. Bob Rucho is a stand-up guy and doesn’t mind speaking up on important issues.

The Republican party needs more like him instead of the compromising politicians we have in office today.

The Democrats’ playbook is Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals,” so I will ride the river with Bob Rucho any day of the year.

Jim Cherry

Charlotte

Rucho tarnishing GOP image in N.C., I’ll be glad to see him go

I received a request this week to sign a petition asking Sen. Bob Rucho to apologize for his recent remarks comparing Obamacare to the Holocaust and 9/11.

If I were truly a Democrat, why on earth would I want to shut this guy up? He is devastating for the state GOP image.

Maybe he thought his childish power-play for the Charlotte airport didn’t alienate enough people. Don’t take the shovel out of his hands now.

Jonathan Ramsey

Charlotte

References to Nazis, terrorists OK for Observer, but not Rucho?

Just days before Sen. Rucho’s tweet, the Observer published an op-ed column invoking Martin Niemoller’s “First they came...” speech, likening the N.C. legislature to the Third Reich.

A couple of months ago, a Kevin Siers cartoon portrayed Congressional Republicans as suicide-bombing terrorists.

Thus Rucho’s crude and crass communique is only the mirror image of Charlotte’s crude and crass monopoly newspaper.

Charles Held

Mount Holly


In response to Nicholas D. Kristof “Listen to the killer who now supports gun control” (Dec. 17 Opinion):

Boost mental health spending, rather than restrict gun laws

Criminals do not follow the rules, so more rules are meaningless.

Instead of spending time and money trying repeatedly to restrict law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights, why not spend the money improving services to the mentally ill?

Where is the help and money for what is truly needed?

To correct an action we must first find the root cause. This is not about lax gun regulations, but the continued reduction in funds and programs available for the mentally ill.

Tony C. Gowan

Charlotte


We need Boeing jobs as much as any state, so here’s my plan

Let’s think out of the box. Right next door, along U.S. 29, is a facility with huge capacity and huge open spaces that could accommodate airplane construction needs.

The not-so-old Philip Morris manufacturing plant would be a great space for Boeing. It has rail access, a power plant and a lot of what Boeing should be looking for.

Plane components could be built there, then transferred by rail to the airport for final assembly.

Think about it, and bring Boeing here.

Melvin Williams

Charlotte

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