Observer forum: Letters to editor

In response to “A Londoner's view of Charlotte” (July 29):

Charlotte doesn't need

advice from lord mayor

So the lord mayor of London, who presides over the local government of the City of London, which is a mere pocket handkerchief of land (no bigger than uptown Charlotte) but with an economic base of 600 banks, a good number of insurance companies and precious little else other than a supporting cast of lawyers, accountants and consultants, thinks Charlotte needs to diversify its economy?

Richard Foster


Life in London isn't

model for Charlotte

I was born and raised in London but have lived in the Charlotte region for many years.

The only people here I see as consumed with becoming a “world class city” are those with financial motivation: big banks, developers, the Charlotte Chamber. Ordinary citizens have nothing to gain but congested streets, higher taxes, rising crime, urban sprawl and pollution.

The cost of goods and services makes London one of the most expensive cities in the world. Downtown workers living in the suburbs have daily commutes of two to three hours – and that's by public transport. Center city drivers are charged a congestion fee.

How could any normal Charlottean aspire to live and work in such conditions?

Michael J. Longhurst


In response to “School shells out for traffic light” (July 27):

Why should private school

have to pay for traffic light?

I'm appalled to see N.C. DOT force a private school in Huntersville to pay for a traffic light.

The parents of students at Southlake Christian Academy pay taxes for public schools they don't use, and their tax dollars should already have paid for necessities such as that light in front of the school.

They shouldn't be forced to pay for it again just because they chose to put their kids in private school.

Melinda Semer

Denver, N.C.

In response to “Medical outreach program may end” (July 28):

MedAssist helps patients

obtain prescription drugs

The writer is executive director, MedAssist of Mecklenburg.

According to the N.C. Institute of Medicine, Mecklenburg now ranks in the top three counties for number of non-elderly uninsured.

Thanks to Karen Garloch informing readers about a much-needed service: Physicians Reach Out.

Last year MedAssist of Mecklenburg with the help of the pharmaceutical industry's patient assistance program provided PRO clients with prescription drugs worth more than $1.4 million [average wholesale price] for an actual cost to PRO of $10,131.

Lori Giang


In response to “Come up with clear criteria for urban loops” (July 27 editorial):

East is east, west is west,

and Charlotte is nowhere

The time has come to reassemble the Carolinas – from North Carolina and South Carolina into East Carolina and West Carolina. Mecklenburg County would receive a far fairer slice of our tax dollars from Greenville-Spartanburg and Columbia than we get from I-95 and east.

Down East has ruled us far too long. Let them live on their own money.

Dick Mountcastle


In response to “Judge lets owner get pit bulls back” (July 30):

Pit bulls' owner shows

no care, responsibility

What kind of owner who supposedly “loves” his 13 pit bulls doesn't have them neutered, doesn't provide them shelter and water – in 90 degree heat – and doesn't update their rabies shots?

And what about those scars found on the dogs' necks?

Dorie Rickard


In response to E.J. Dionne's “Young people won't vote? Just wait” (July 25 Viewpoint):

Some young voters see

futility of two-party line

Not all young people will be flocking to the polls to vote for Obama this fall.

Despite a near-total news media blackout, Ron Paul's campaign proved many college students and young professionals from all walks of life have serious concerns about the fate of our constitutional republic.

We realize neither the McCain nor Obama wing of our one-party state will do anything to rid America of the true axis of evil: big government, fiat money [without intrinsic value] and foreign interventionism.

I'm not voting for either the Republican or Democratic flavor of socialism.

Kris A. Wampler


In response to “United Way may see more competition for donations” (July 27):

Don't let distractions

undermine United Way

With great delight and pride, I honor the work of Gloria Pace King and United Way of Central Carolinas, one of the most efficient organizations of its kind in the country.

More important, through its 98 member agencies the impact of United Way on the thousands of lives it serves each year is incalculable.

Charlotte and surrounding cities have long led the nation in giving – especially during times of economic need. May we never allow distractions to move us away from the kind of leadership that makes us great!

Gloria A. Potts