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Charlotte airport management inadequate, needs change

I departed from Charlotte Douglas International Airport the other morning. Despite arriving early, I nearly missed my flight due to delays with access, parking and check-in (but thankfully not security).

This community should stop patting itself on the back about how great our airport is, and acknowledge it has become nothing but an ordeal. Congestion in roads, parking and the terminal itself are evidence of the lack of planning. City officials need to admit the management structure has not performed adequately and try something different, instead of clinging desperately to the status quo.

Steven P. Nesbit

Charlotte

In response to “A necessary airport bill” (June 15 For the Record):

Need for airport takeover in first place never explained

The headline on this article by Ruth Samuelson is quite ironic given how unnecessary the original airport takeover legislation was. The unanswered question is why this entire mess needed to happen in the first place.

Arnie Grieves

Charlotte


After bin Laden’s death, U.S. should have left Iraq

Since my letter from a year or so ago wasn’t published I can’t say, “I told you so” to very many people. However, the point was that after eliminating Osama bin Laden, we should have started packing 24/7 for withdrawal!

In my job I visited seven Middle East countries frequently and lived in one for almost a year. I learned that these people don’t like us but will tolerate us as long as we can be useful to them; once we are no longer an asset, they are through with us. For some reason our government thinks that democracy is good for all people; these people only respect power and cruelty.

Any American killed or wounded since the death of bin Laden is the responsibility of the president.

Jim Bennett

Tega Cay

Mission not so accomplished in Iraq; what a comedy

Well Ollie, uh Bush, this is another fine mess you’ve gotten us into. Bye bye Saddam. Hello ISIS.

T.L. Keene

Charlotte


In response to “Appointed school chief? Yes, but...” (June 16 Opinion):

Elected state superintendent better for education issues

North Carolinians should continue to elect the State Superintendent of Public Schools. While the governor and legislature hold power over education policy and funding, races for those offices frequently focus on other issues. A race for state superintendent makes possible statewide discussions and debates that focus specifically on education, and allows voters to weigh in on this crucial subject.

Pamela Grundy

Charlotte


In response to “CEO pay” (June 15):

CEOs and workers needed; pay of both should reflect that

I am very pleased to see how well the CEOs in our area are doing. Unfortunately, they are not enough people to stimulate and improve our economy. For that we need increases in middle-class wages, more than the paltry 1-2 percent a year. While I understand CEOs work hard for their money, there would be no company nor a CEO without the workers. By giving most of the compensation to the top we increase income inequality and do not appreciate the people who helped him/her get there.

Laura Reich

Matthews


In response to “Should have voted for Hillary” (June 15 Viewpoint):

Rosa Brooks’ mea culpa on voting for Obama is useless

Professor Brooks gave us a “woulda, coulda, shouda” for her misplaced vote for President Obama. Given her remorse, and the self-indictment for her lack of wisdom and discernment of her last vote, I’m wondering why we (or the Observer) should even care about her opinion? For her uninformed vote and her “buyer’s remorse” she owes the rest of us an apology.

James B. Hall

Charlotte


In response to “Hotelier sought Cannon’s ABC help” (June 15):

Nothing wrong with Sheraton seeking help on liquor license

I am no supporter of Patrick Cannon and do not condone his actions. But I don’t see anything nefarious about his intervention in favor of the Sheraton.

A major hotel needs to be able to serve liquor to its guests. It was excessive to suspend the license because of a single incident. Rappers do shoot each other fairly often; I don’t see how anyone can blame the hotel.

Gautam Bose

Charlotte

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