Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Foxx: Solve airport control ‘mess’ locally” (Sept. 24):

Sen. Rucho is to blame for current airport ridiculousness

Sen. Bob Rucho has it completely right when he says “This is ridiculous.”

Billboard Bob is responsible for the ridiculousness of the situation by sponsoring a bill to remove the City from control. It was purely a power grab.

Rucho has wasted the Senate’s time on a bill that does no one any good, and it’s now costing taxpayers to defend his “ridiculous” bill.

Douglas L. Hager


Airport was fine under Orr, local politicians messed it up

Anthony Foxx is correct in saying the dispute over who will run the airport is “an unnecessary mess.”

The airport was running just fine under former aviation director Jerry Orr, and if our local politicians had stayed out of the way everything would be fine right now under Orr’s leadership.

Tripp Cherry


In response to For the Record “I appreciate your sympathy; now let’s act on it” (Sept. 24 Opinion):

Retirement benefits left out

of teacher pay discussion

I think the public will be more sympathetic when the discussion moves from salary to full disclosure of total compensation, including retirement benefits.

Virtually all of us know ex-teachers in their early to mid-50s enjoying retirement while the rest of us in corporate America have no choice but to soldier on for many more years, often due to lost or reduced retirement benefits.

James Rudd


Don’t let great teachers like Mr. Ford leave our community

James Ford represents the very best of the teaching profession. He’s also exactly right on our need to support teachers and schools.

I’m not a fan of new taxes, but I will vote “yes” on the quarter-cent tax referendum on Nov. 4.

I would hate to see Mr. Ford and his colleagues leave our community because we failed to do everything we could to support our dedicated teachers.

T.J. Hooper


In response to “Hotel to require carbon monoxide detectors in rooms” (Sept 23):

Glad alarms are being added, but hotel still getting off easy

Following three deaths at the Best Western in Boone, the hotel chain has mandated carbon monoxide alarms be installed in all rooms. That’s all well and good, but I can’t help but feel Best Western has gotten away with murder or at least negligent homicide.

Hopefully, alarms will prevent future deaths, but I still maintain Jeffrey Williams’ death should have and could have been prevented if a couple of individuals in positions of high responsibility had simply used a little bit of common sense.

Joe Wincze

Lake Wylie, S.C.

I’m with those urging Kroger to not allow guns in stores

The writer is a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Harris Teeter, where I frequently shop with my children, is the last place I should expect to see someone openly carrying a firearm.

Surprisingly, Kroger, which owns Matthews-based Harris Teeter, does not prohibit customers from openly carrying guns.

As a pro-Second Amendment mom, I want to be clear this isn’t about guns – it’s about the people holding the guns. In North Carolina, there are no requirements for training to openly carry a firearm.

I stand with moms nationwide in asking the CEO of Kroger to adopt gun sense policies that will keep families safe in our local Harris Teeter and other Kroger stores nationwide.

Christy Clark


In response to “Marriott passing off its responsibility to hotel guests” (Sept. 19 Forum):

I commend Marriott chain for urging guests to tip maids

The maids are an invisible work force that deserves a tip as much as the porter who takes your bags, the waitress, or taxi cab driver.

A tip is a way of showing gratitude. It can add more quality of life to these workers.

People who have the means to travel should find it a privilege to share with those who take care of them.

Patsy Reames


Politicians, media must work to end negative attack ads

Politicians and the media should only air political ads that express what the candidates hope to accomplish if elected.

Voters learn nothing from the half-truth spin of negative advertising.

Until politicians and the media end this distasteful practice, our political process will remain broken and gridlock will continue.

Tom Quigley