In response to “Airport legislation soars through state Senate” (June 12):
Bill lets airport be represented by the region it serves
Charlotte-Douglas airport is an international transportation hub, serving citizens from throughout and beyond our region.
Continuing success will require representation from the entire service area and a governance structure that is appropriate to its mission.
This week’s initiative by the N.C. legislature confirms the City’s ownership, while providing for representation by other stakeholders.
The City of Charlotte should not want the responsibility for unilaterally determining the level and quality of service for the balance of Mecklenburg and surrounding counties.
Representation by all – what could be more American?
I strongly support the pending legislation as a true win-win for all interested parties.
Thomas A. Dorsey
In response to “Proposal may curtail N.C. lotto” (June 12):
The lottery and education are odd bedfellows once again
There is a certain irony in that the N.C. legislature is proposing to raise funds from the “Education” Lottery, which is a tax on the ignorant, to fund education.
I was ready to cheer Republicans in Raleigh
I was so thrilled when Republicans controlled the N.C. House and Senate after so many years – until Bob Rucho and Bill Brawley started an immediate action to control the airport.
Now the Republicans want to start fracking, and tax us further for education.
When we reluctantly agreed to the food tax in the 1960s, Gov. Terry Sanford assured us that with this tax we would have excellent education in North Carolina.
I hope Gov. Pat McCrory will wake up and shake up this party. I’m waiting.
In response to “Conservatives like me fed up with Cantor, others like him” (June 12 Forum):
Tea party has a familiar perspective on governance
Apparently one thing Forum writer Jim Cherry wants is a Congress with uncompromising tea party members.
We have a model of that type of governance to observe. It’s called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Not exactly what our founders crafted, through compromise.
The hard lesson from Iraq: America can’t change it
Iraq’s situation is the result of corrupt leadership, cowardly people and tribal sects. No amount of money, military support, American lives or values will ever change that. Get out, stay out and let Iraq fend for itself.
Civil War in Iraq makes me appreciative of freedoms here
Iraq is the battleground for a war between fundamentalist Muslims: Sunni Muslims and Shia Muslims. The United States got in the middle of a war between fundamentalist Muslims. Not very smart.
Watching the religious conflict makes me thankful to live in a country that supports freedom of religion. The United States could do a better job of freedom from religion in government spaces, but when compared to places like Iraq, we have much to celebrate.
Rev. Chris Ayers
There’s another war Americans should be ready to stop
The climate for hate, like global warming, has detractors and proponents. I think we all know who the proponents are and how they’re funded and broadcast.
The evils they believe are insinuated subtly into their lives. The evils they do are forced upon the rest of us, broadly with horrible results.
We stopped a war in Vietnam by sheer force of voice and protest. This other war, inside America, must be stopped as well – now.
In response to “N.C.-made chairs rock Open” (June 12):
USGA shows welcome support of North Carolina businesses
Congratulations to the U.S. Golf Association for purchasing 600 of the Troutman Chair Co.’s classic rocking chairs and 250 tables.
I commend them for purchasing wood from local vendors and employing area residents!
Small businesses are catalysts for our nation’s economic recovery. Wishing them continued growth and profitability!
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