To speed TSA lines, charge for carry-ons
In response to “Airport security lines grow, officials ask for patience” (May 14):
There’s a simple solution to the long lines at TSA checkpoints nationwide.
Airlines should check bags at no cost at the counter. Bags taken through security should be assessed a fee, paid in advance at check-in.
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With free checked bags, more travelers will ditch their luggage at the counter and go through security with fewer items.
Security lines will go faster, as well as the lines when boarding the plane.
The lost revenue from checked bags will be made up by fees collected for the remaining carry-on bags.
It’s a win for everyone, because it’s more fair.
Ann Neel, Charlotte
Spend on education, not foreign countries
In response to Eric Frazier “Are Americans as stupid as foreigners seem to think we are?” (May 15 Opinion):
Eric Frazier should have told his daughter that if America would quit spending our hard-earned dollars on these other countries and put the money on our own education system and pay our teachers the decent wage that they deserve, then these students from other countries would have nothing to whine about.
Terry Bame, Cherryville
Zip it, Mitt; support the people’s choice
In response to “GOP insiders plan 3rd-party bid to stop Trump” (May 15):
Mitt Romney ran for president as a conservative Republican and lost.
The reason he lost is that he is not a conservative. He believes in man-made global warming, raising the minimum wage and government-run health care – all liberal positions.
Mitt needs to hold his nose and support “the people’s choice” to defeat Hillary Clinton – Donald Trump – just as a lot of us held our noses and voted for Romney in 2012.
Dickie Benzie, Charlotte
Clinton, Obama to blame for voter anger
Clinton, Obama to blame for voter anger
Hillary Clinton said Sunday that husband Bill will be “in charge of revitalizing the economy, because, you know, he knows how to do it … And especially in places like coal country and inner cities and other parts of our country that have really been left out.”
Left out? You and President and Obama had eight years to do this. Why didn’t you?
Answer: Typical politicians making promises and not delivering.
Is this why voters are angry? Is this why Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are doing so well? Duh!
Howard Honeycutt, Charlotte
Faith in mankind? No, expect the worst
In response to “I won’t place guns over faith in mankind” (May 16 Forum):
I don’t know where Forum writer Marilin Campbell gets her faith in mankind, unless she doesn’t read the newspapers.
In March 2015, an 83-year-old woman was carjacked in a Cotswold grocery store parking lot. She was knocked down and broke her hip.
An employee tried to help her and was beaten up, bitten and run over by the carjacker.
Sorry, the only faith I have in mankind is to expect the worst behavior.
Robert Cuminale, Charlotte
Second Ward plan needs a clear focus
In response to “County looks at plans to transform Second Ward” (May 12):
What’s the big idea? It’s an old question, but a good one.
It seems to me the undeveloped block of land containing Marshall Park is center city Charlotte’s only hope to break out of our monotonous grid of pavement and create a focus.
I don’t know the limitations developers and designers faced in developing these plans, but certainly there is a lot of high-powered brain power at work here. And, presumably, there is a concept beyond stuffing a bunch of buildings into Second Ward.
I am afraid it reminds me of the 2020 plan.
Is there anyone on the planet who remembers what that concept was?
Murray Whisnant, Charlotte
A two-headed rhino? Naw, that can’t be
In response to “NC Zoo adds attractions to lure people back” (May 13):
Congratulations to photographer Chuck Liddy who took the photograph of the “two-headed” rhinoceroses that ran online and on page 4A in Tuesday’s paper.
It is quite remarkable, and it took several minutes – admittedly with the help of my wife – to find the lines of separation.
Definitely a photograph for the archives!
Ray Hargreaves, Marvin