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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Airport ownership bill clears N.C. legislature” (June 18):

No more foggy generalizations on airport issue, cite specifics

On behalf of Mecklenburg County voters I offer Reps. Ruth Samuelson and Bob Rucho a simple challenge:

Give us three specific examples of the city’s “mismanagement” of Charlotte’s airport that you believe would be corrected by the governance-by-committee approach you propose.

Your refusal to offer concrete reasons for your actions insults our region’s citizens – and strongly suggests your real motives are something other than “good government.”

James Bolin

Charlotte


In response to Steve Sack’s “Daily U.S. Gun Deaths” cartoon, (June 17 Opinion):

Cartoon made me weep; must quit sacrificing our children

Steve Sack’s cartoon with its mini casket-laden hearse brought tears to my eyes.

We’re sacrificing our voiceless, voterless children in so many ways – in our families, our legislatures, our schools, our family courts...

When will we put them above money?

Sheila Peltzer

Charlotte


Pay no heed to those in GOP who failed on Iraq last time

Why are the media asking the same people – John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Paul Wolfowitz and other Republicans – who were so wrong last time about Iraq, what they think ought to be done this time?

None of what is happening today would be happening if George W. Bush hadn’t invaded Iraq in the first place.

Did Dick Cheney really write this week about Obama, “Rarely has a U.S. President been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many”? Is he blind to the irony of his words?

Even I could be a writer for The Daily Show in these times.

Walker Lundy

Sherrills Ford


Obama to blame for influx of youths crossing U.S. border

I have read too few articles in the Observer about the thousands of illegal children currently entering our border.

We, the taxpayers, are paying for their care, feeding them, and busing or flying them to Arizona, California, Oklahoma and San Antonio.

This is all because our president will not secure our border! Please give us some national news that impacts us all.

Bundy Belk

Monroe


In response to “Charlotte companies adding jobs – to S.C.” (June 17):

Paying the price for tax and spend attitude of Meck Dems

York County steals another 3,000 jobs and the powers that be are scratching their heads and whining about “incentives.”

Is it possible that it dawned on these smart people that all spending and taxing discipline has been purged from Charlotte-Mecklenburg under one party?

Maybe they got out while the getting was good. It’s never too late to wake up.

Thomas F. Cochran Sr.

Charlotte

Glad to see Chester grow, now traffic will flow the other way

Chester, S.C. built a 12-mile, four-lane highway to Interstate 77 to attract business, and all it accomplished was to make it easier for the youth to pick-up and move to Charlotte or Columbia.

In recent years that road was little traveled. All those who could leave, had.

Nice to see the traffic will be going in the direction intended.

Bolyn McClung

Pineville


Whitewater Center needs to ease up on its food policy

While at the Whitewater Center’s Brew Stash Dash, I witnessed a ridiculous level of enforcement of the center’s “no outside food” policy.

Employees asked customers to throw away a single banana and in one instance to toss Gerber Baby Puffs in order to enter the park.

The rule has good intentions and I’m sure it prevents people from bringing in coolers of beer or boxes of chicken.

But applying the rule blindly to every food item is absurd – especially when the items are not sold inside the park and restaurant wait times were exceeding one hour.

Come on Whitewater Center, teach your employees to exercise a little judgment.

Gerard Lang

Charlotte


Bring back sweepstakes parlors to help fund education

Whatever happened to the sweepstakes parlors?

Gov. Pat McCrory received over $50,000 in donations and Thom Tillis about $127,000 from sweepstakes operators.

Bring them back and use parlor revenues to help support our schools and teachers.

Remember also that in closing them 10,000 jobs were lost.

Ernest Lippard

Iron Station

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