Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Denying minority contractors boils down to greed, prejudice

Thank you Charlotte Observer for reporting “Construction CEO pleads guilty in fraud case” (Aug. 29).

Denying minority contractors from participating in government contracts is just plain greed or prejudice.

Disadvantaged business enterprises, known as DBEs, only get a small percentage of business. Keep investigating!

Marjorie M. Parker


In response to N.C. Opinions: Fayetteville “Charlotte loses $$$$ when film crew leaves” (Sept. 3 Editorial):

Some money from film industry is better than none

Our legislature needs to restore the incentives and get the film and TV industry back.

I’d rather have 75 percent of something than 100 percent of nothing.

G.W. Arrowood


In response to “Time for blacks to break free from Sharpton, Farrakhan” (Sept. 2 Forum):

Don’t be so quick to criticize someone else’s ‘agitators’

Thank you, Forum writer Barry Marshall, for telling African-Americans that we should abandon Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan, and other “agitators.”

Let me just say that we’ll be happy to blindly follow your suggestion as soon as white folks abandon such ilk as Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, the governors from Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina, the NRA, tea party, and others.

When you decide to leave them behind, we might be able to sit at the table of brotherly love and have a discussion.

Until then, you choose your own leaders and we’ll choose ours.

Curt Peters


In response to “Uptown baseball closes 1st season” (Aug. 31):

Honeymoon effect will quickly fade unless Knights kick it up

If the Charlotte Knights are not more competitive in their division and struggle to entertain local sports fans at home games, the team will experience a gradual and perhaps significant decline in attendance across the next few seasons.

Economic studies denote that the “honeymoon effect” of a new stadium on attendance is temporary unless the team has an experienced manager and enough talented players to win a division title and compete for a league championship.

Frank P. Jozsa Jr.

Tega Cay, S.C.

In response to “Light rail heads to college” (Aug. 31):

Future station must be more than a Birkdale makeover

Observer reporter Eric Frazier compares the potential of the planned J.W. Clay Blue Line station to Birkdale Village.

Birkdale Village presents a nice image of apartments over shops, but that hardly compares to a major rail destination serving UNC Charlotte, a research park employing over 16,000, and a diverse community of 100,000.

The J.W. Clay station needs public, cultural and even corporate uses – day care, a relocated and expanded regional library, a police station, a satellite arm of the Mint or Gantt museums, a farmer’s market, a senior center, an iconic office tower, and much more. And at densities and scale approximating South Park or Midtown.

Now wouldn’t that be a town center to be proud of?

Martin Zimmerman


In response to “N.C.’s Senate race tight as homestretch begins” (Sept. 1) and related articles:

Sen. Hagan no voice of moderation, she needs to go

Contrary to what her actions on the campaign trail might imply, Sen. Kay Hagan is not a political orphan or a voice of moderation.

She is a blood child of the liberal establishment with a record of voting 97 percent of the time with President Obama in 2013.

Personally, I like Kay, but she has made herself a prime enabler of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his overlord, Obama. She needs to go.

Vote against her and pray earnestly that it’s not too late to rescue our childrens’ future.

Jerry Adcock


Tillis walking hand-in-hand with tea party these days

Your recent comparison of votes cast when Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan were both in the N.C. legislature leaves out a big piece of the overall picture.

That was back in 2007-2008. Since then, Tillis and the Republican Party have joined hand-in-hand with the far-right agenda of the tea party, to the detriment of the state and its citizens.

Make no mistake, Tillis’ agenda is a tea party agenda and he will vote in lockstep with the tea party if he makes it to the U.S. Senate.

Chris Porier