Letters to the Editor

The electric carts were the best thing about Charlotte’s airport

Don’t eliminate CLT’s electric carts

In response to “American Airlines ends use of electric carts for CLT passengers” (May 11):

We can’t imagine there have been no complaints about the removal of electric carts from the Charlotte airport terminal. These carts were by far the best thing at the Charlotte airport.

Many people who rode them had only slight disabilities, such as trouble walking long distances. Now they are being forced to choose between being treated as totally disabled and riding a wheelchair, or making the long walks on their own. That could make the trip through the airport even slower, with many people waiting for wheelchairs who really don’t need them if there were alternatives.

Robert & Alice Bischoff, Charlotte

Illnesses shouldn’t force a move

In response to “Why not move for better health care” (May 14 Forum):

People who move to another state for a better job, to attend college or seek lower taxes make a conscious choice to do so. I, and millions of people like me, did not choose to be diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

Forcing anyone who is facing a life-altering health crisis to move away from their doctors, family and friends in search of affordable and quality health care is indeed “callous, reckless and heartless.”

Sharon Baker, Charlotte

Sure you want Trumpcare to fail?

All you folks whining or faux whining about what Trumpcare/Ryancare does or doesn’t do, be careful what you wish, hope, and pray for – primarily for Trump to fail.

We do know Obamacare is failing, and all the millions you claim are not covered under the AHCA will be among the countless millions more no longer covered as ACA implodes.

Ronnie Deal, Monroe

Let’s get to the bottom of this mess

During the past week we’ve watched our president fire the FBI director, give several conflicting reasons for doing so, threaten that director, and hold a closed-door meeting with the Russian ambassador and foreign minister at which only a Russian photographer was allowed to take pictures.

Maybe there is no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. But you must admit that it surely looks suspicious. Normal people don’t act so guilty for no reason. It’s time for a special prosecutor to be named to get to the bottom of this mess.

Donna Hatfield, Cornelius

Eschert shouldn’t have been punished

In response to “The cost of Charlotte’s stubbornness” (May 15 Our View):

The editorial Monday about Charlotte’s stubbornness being costly was right on track.

I disagree with one aspect of the article stating that Eschert should not have written the Facebook post regarding a racial matter. Friday’s Observer states that Eschert’s post on her Facebook page was “restricted” to her Facebook friends. Eschert should be entitled to write such a definitive statement in a private manner without fear of retribution.

Donald Meyer, Denver, NC

Another chance to get parking right

In response to “Charlotte’s light rail did not change our attitude toward cars” (May 14):

Kudos to Ely Portillo for raising the parking issue Sunday. It is long overdue.

Actually, at the request of Councilperson Michael Barnes, a broad-based committee met repeatedly in 1993 to evaluate parking ratios, especially near UNCC and the current BLE light rail. It was later disbanded by the city’s planning staff unbeknownst to members.

Martin Zimmerman
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But planning staff has a chance to redeem itself by highlighting parking in the upcoming Urban Development Ordinance. Staff can begin by designating parking a legitimate land use instead of merely an appendage to other uses.

Martin Zimmerman, Charlotte

Raise your voice, don’t silence others

The devices that the current generation of college students use to stay “connected” with the world are the perfect means to deal with ideas they find offensive.

How so? Thanks to social media and technology advances such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, YouTube, and other forms of communication that didn’t even exist until the new millennium, you have the means to share your ideas with the world.

That is especially true for showing your displeasure with ideas you find offensive. Instead of banning writers or speakers, fight back with your own words.

Stephen V. Gilmore, Charlotte