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In response to “Higher sales tax worries airline” (June 25):

Further proof that Charlotte needs an airport commission

The $500,000 impact on American Airlines by the proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase is the essence of the struggle about who will control the airport.

Charlotte business leaders asked the legislature to create an independent airport commission, taking control from the Charlotte City Council in order to protect the airport from big-spending Democrats.

The proposed quarter-cent tax increase also shows how little our elected officials seem to know about the negative effects of tax increases on our economy.

Don Reid

Charlotte


In response to “Landmark cinema sign comes down” (June 26):

Finally! Charlotte’s worst eyesore has been removed

Thank goodness! The Queen Park Cinema sign that stood far past any usefulness – much like numerous others in Charlotte – and has arguably been North Carolina’s most offensive eyesore, is gone. Charlotte is a better place to live today.

Emerson Bell

Charlotte


In response to “Tarte: Review contract for tolls” (June 25):

If construction costs rise, toll rates will likely follow suit

Initial cost of this project was $550 million, with approximately $170 million contributed by the state.

After selecting a consortium headed by a foreign firm, the cost of this project is targeted at $665 million – without the first shovelful of dirt being turned.

The state’s contribution is reduced to $88 million. Logically, one can presume escalating costs translate into escalating toll rates.

Our elected representatives and the NCDOT must explore other meaningful alternatives with all concerned to avoid this potential 50-year mistake.

Clay Furches

Davidson

Use money earmarked for less urgent road projects to fix I-77

I-77 is broken. We waste countless hours in line every morning and evening, and it’s getting worse every day.

It should be fixed before anything else.

We see work at Exit 28, at I-77 and I-40, and in many other places in the state. Yet, when the stretch of road that supports the largest growth rates in the state needs fixing, no money is available.

I-77 is broken and should be fixed with funds used for less critical highway issues. No toll!

Dennis Watkins

Statesville


In response to “NC Senate committee clears medical hemp oil bill” (June 25 CharlotteObserver.com):

N.C. took good first step, now legalize medicinal marijuana

It’s encouraging to see elected officials in Raleigh moving to help people who suffer from seizures that could be treated effectively by safe, legal access to marijuana-based medicine.

Unfortunately, this bill provides no relief to countless others with medical conditions that could benefit from medical marijuana.

In 22 other states sufferers of serious conditions have safe and legal access to marijuana, but here in N.C. those who seek to treat their symptoms with cannabis are treated as criminals.

I am one of them. I am a lifelong North Carolinian, a U.S. Army veteran, and sufferer of fibromyalgia.

I hope lawmakers extend their compassion to other patients like me.

Tom Harper

Concord


Research was lacking on coal ash, is again on fracking

We are dealing with the consequences of coal ash due to lack of research, foresight and planning on the part of Duke Energy engineers who designed the coal plants.

Now Gov. Pat McCrory, coincidentally a former Duke employee, wants to rush into fracking without complete and thorough research to prove without question there will be no future issues with water quality and seismic activity.

I am surprised he hasn’t proposed blasting coal ash into fracking wells.

Steven Benson

Monroe


Closing of on-campus polling places in N.C. targets students

The writer is a senior at N.C. State University.

Tuesday, the Wake County Board of Elections voted to close NCSU’s only on-campus polling site.

In past months, Duke University and other colleges have seen their polling stations shut down for the 2014 midterms.

As a student I am left to only wonder how and why these decisions are being made against the will of the people.

It almost makes you think that some people wouldn’t like to see students voting...

Brandi Gibson

Raleigh

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