Letters to the Editor

A good way out of American Airlines’ uniform mess

A good way out of AA’s uniform mess

In response to “American Airlines seeks new maker for uniforms” (June 22):

North Carolina has a long and proud textile history. So it would seem since Charlotte is one of American Airlines’ biggest hubs, the airline would have their employees’ uniforms made here – locally.

Instead, American endangers employees and passengers with cheap uniforms that are making them sick. Come on, American, contract with a reputable N.C. textile firm and make your passengers and employees safe.

Andrea J Jones, Charlotte

French show us how to move forward

Small wonder that America is in such a divisive state. Perhaps we should take a page from the French and within a year create a third political party that is more centrist and less beholden to corporate avarice and ideological beliefs.

Imagine that – an entirely new government, supported by the true majority of the people, and in place within one year!

George Snodgrass, Charlotte

I’m fed up with all of Congress

Is anyone else besides me fed up with our “do nothing” Congress?

Depending on which party is in control, the other party does everything within its procedural powers to delay and obstruct important legislative changes that the middle class needs – for example, health care and tax reform.


And then to make matters worse they don’t know what’s contained in laws they’ve passed until after the fact.

Wouldn’t it be great if it were possible to pass a Constitutional amendment reducing the number of representatives in Congress by 50 percent?

Craig Reutlinger, Charlotte

Don’t take press freedom for granted

A free press is a pillar that supports our way of life in the United States. When self-serving individuals do not agree with published reports, it appears to be today’s tendency to blame the press.

With the right of a free press comes the responsibility of reporting news, not merely for profit, sensationalism, or ratings. The Observer appears to be responsible.

Does that mean that we agree with every story? No. Yet, do not take freedom of the press for granted. It is said that one does not miss something they have until it is lost.

Steven Campbell, Mount Gilead

How to stop gouging in medicine

The real problem with health care is the outrageous charges from medical professionals and facilities. If a committee of professionals would place a standardized reasonable charge for certain procedures, this may save enough money for Washington to cover people of lesser means.

We have price gouging laws about other products and services, why not the medical and pharmaceutical fields?

Phillip Nowlin, Huntersville

Expanding concealed carry is unnecessary

In response to “NRA seeks to eliminate concealed carry permits” (June 25):

The initiative to allow all legal gun owners to carry concealed weapons in North Carolina is a bad idea. As technology has altered the nature of guns, the Supreme Court has consistently ruled government has the right to regulate them within reason.

I think most people share my concern with a situation in which anyone who can afford a firearm would be allowed to carry it surreptitiously practically anywhere despite not having the education and training necessary for safety and responsible use. The current system works – leave it alone.

Steven P. Nesbit, Charlotte

Myrtle Beach reaping what it sowed

In response to “As Myrtle Beach reels, beaches in N.C. tout their family image” (June 25):

Just why are we surprised at the recent events transpiring at Myrtle Beach?

For years, shops have beckoned and catered to the underbelly of society. One need only look at the souvenir shops with their vile messages and images spewed upon T-shirts and other beach memorabilia.

As you sow, so shall you reap.

Joe McLaughlin, Matthews

A request for N.C. Sen. Dan Bishop

In response to “Charlotte lawmaker rips ‘jihad media’ in tweet in response to budget story” (June 23):

Note to Dan Bishop: Please go back to being a competent attorney, and stop being an asinine legislator. North Carolina still has a long way to go to restoring its good reputation, and you’re just an impediment.

Linda J. Brooks, Charlotte