In response to Foxx suggests budget deal (June 21):
Andy Dulin stood up to mayor on budget, hes got my vote
Andy Dulin is my hero. He took a stand and has fought for the citizens of Charlotte. We need more Andy Dulins in local government. He was elected to represent the people and he has done a yeomans job.
He has my vote for next mayor of our great city.
Put streetcar where itll benefit the taxpayers footing the bill
I am amazed that a streetcar line from Elizabeth to Johnson C. Smith University is even a consideration.
If transportation is to be provided, at least consider the people who work, pay taxes and support it. Put the line where its actually needed. Were the citizens who need accommodating.
If were going to use money for transportation, use it to re-create the Red Line where traffic is congested. Or, as a last resort, use it for the UNCC route.
Stop the political stupidity and be practical.
Larry A. Singer
In response to CMPD caved in to political agendas by eliminating Jesus (June 22 Forum):
Wrong for government to favor one religion over all others
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is not banning prayer in itself, just prayers specifically citing Jesus at public events.
No one is being denied religious freedom. You can still practice your religion at your house of worship or anywhere else.
The government citing a specific deity comes across as an endorsement of that particular religion and thus should not be allowed. After all, Charlotte is a diverse city full of more than just Christians.
In response to GOP leaders push focus on reading (June 10):
Cant convince me N.C. GOP really cares about third graders
It is difficult to take seriously any Republican reforms on education when the reality is if some of them had their way there might not be any public schools.
So please GOP state legislature, spare us all of this concern about third graders. The current majority of Republicans in the N.C. General Assembly is only concerned with tax rates of high earners and gay marriage.
In response to Dana Milbanks Any U.S. president deserves respect (June 22 Viewpoint):
Respect is earned, president is not automatically entitled to it
I hate to inform Dana Milbank but respect is earned!
President Obama has lost the respect reserved for the Office of the President through his misguided actions.
A dismal lack of true leadership, banning the American flag, overriding strategic military advice, grandstanding upon bin Ladens death, extreme political partisanship, inflexibility bordering on totalitarianism, and among many others, over-enhancing the truth to his advantage are just a few examples.
A respected leader fixes problems, not the blame!
Obama out maneuvered opponents on immigration
Recent Forum writers missed the point of what really happened with the presidents executive order on deportations.
With one simple move President Obama not only offered a helping hand to young illegal immigrants, but backed Mitt Romney who has no real plan into a corner and stole the thunder from Marco Rubios efforts to offer a conservative plan.
Again, the president has demonstrated his superior intellect when dealing with the Republicans. Mr. Romney had best bone up prior to the debates.
In response to Fast and furiously getting nowhere (June 22 Editorial):
Citing Holder just another attempt to thwart Obama
Though generally balanced, your editorial missed the true implications of a larger political battle: Who will control the executive branch for the next four years.
In citing Attorney General Eric Holder, Congressman Darrell Issa and House Republicans are simply creating fodder for campaign ads to bash President Obama.
Everyone knows, whether they acknowledge it or not, that the GOPs primary goal is to do anything it can to defeat Obama, which means opposing any administration programs regardless of their merits.
Fast and furious is a good name for the tactics of the radical right.
John H. Clark
I chose my words carefully;
my message to BofA was clear
The word environment was used in a caption under the June 22 photograph of me protesting at Bank of America. I deliberately did not use environment when speaking there.
Environment is a word that divides people, but everybody wants a decent world for our children and grandchildren.
For BofA to fund a few solar projects, yet remain the biggest coal industry lender, is like throwing a teaspoon of water on an inferno with one hand while dumping a tanker truckload of gasoline with the other.
Stop funding health problems and climate change. Instead, fund a safe, healthy future.