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In response to “Voting ruling to be felt in N.C.” (June 26) and related articles:

Supreme Court voting rights decision a historic setback

The Roberts court, in its coy way, has effectively secured the rights of white racists to deny blacks or Hispanics the right to vote. All that they need to do is lengthen voter lines or move precincts to make it harder to vote. Or, they may require certain ID cards.

The Roberts Court will go down in history with the Taney Court as a court that decided it was just to keep black people repressed.

Remember this.

Warren Hix

Columbia

Doors now wide open for

GOP voter suppression efforts

The Supreme Court shamefully struck down key components of the Voting Rights Act, with one conservative justice questioning if racism even existed in our nation today.

Now Republican-controlled states are unrestricted to pass more voter suppression laws, limit or end early voting, and continue redistricting games to ensure Republican victories.

Standing up for the right of every American to vote without hindrance now falls upon us. We must elect only state and national candidates who will not defy our constitutional right for every citizen to be heard through our vote.

Beverly H. Tatum

Waxhaw


In response to “Meck commissioners got it right with Angels in America” (June 25 Forum):

Taxpayers span the spectrum, so should tax-supported events

Forum writer Jim Van Meerten needs to remember that just like him my tax dollars are used for government services and I supported Angels in America.

Until there is a way for me to withhold my tax dollars from his “family friendly” events, he needs to realize that just as my tax dollars can be used for his “special interest” family-friendly events, his tax dollars can be used for my “special interest” events as well.

Jeff Toler

Charlotte


Snowden is no traitor, he’s right public should’ve been warned

From all I’ve read, the so-called “traitor” Edward Snowden has revealed to the public only the fact that the U.S. government is collecting information on what we thought were private communications.

In my humble opinion, this fact should not be secret in the first place.

In our democracy, we citizens should have been informed beforehand that the government was going to monitor our Internet and cell phone communications. There is no reason, based on security or morality, to hold this program secret from the citizens.

Arch Wakefield

Tega Cay, S.C.


Next manager really needs ‘high morals,’ business savvy

Once again, a Mecklenburg County commissioner opens mouth and inserts ignorance. It seems to be more the rule than the exception lately.

For Kim Ratliff to publicly state that the next county manager should be non-white demonstrates that racism is alive and flourishing in government.

Anyone with a pea for a brain would simply want a person with high morals, a head for business, and the humility to hold the job without the arrogance we seem to be used to.

Of one thing I am certain: We need to be sure the next county manager is a non-Ratliff!

Jim Thompson

Charlotte

In response to “Take it from a kid, CMS needs a full-time nurse at every school” (June 23 Forum):

Creative solutions could help fund a nurse in every school

Sure we can afford school nurses in every school all day long. First, we must agree that our children deserve them.

What about a partnership with area hospitals? What about internships for medical students? Retired medical professionals?

We must rethink this need before we dismiss it as one we can do nothing about.

Glenda Horton Manning

Charlotte


In response to “A solution for those concerned about hotel carbon monoxide” (June 25 Forum):

Burden for safety should fall on corporations, not consumers

Forum writer Phil Clutts said deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning are relatively low compared to the number of hotel stays. But even one death from this type of poisoning should require hotels to ensure that all of their rooms are safe.

Telling consumers to take responsibility for a hotel room’s safety is wrong.

There is a disturbing trend to blame the individual and protect the corporation. If you watch what is going on in Raleigh, you can see clearly how this trend is evolving. ’Nuff said.

Frank Cooper

Shelby


Cell phone ‘sequoia’ a missed opportunity for a landmark

The cell phone tower, now a redneck sequoia, on Interstate 485 near Providence Road is an outrageous eyesore.

Just think of what could’ve been. I mean, I-85 in Gaffney has a peach butt, right? We could have had a palm tree with palm fronds at the top. Maybe a coconut or two.

But no-o-o. We have a redneck pine tree. Whose lame-brained idea was this half-baked piece of creativity anyway?

Roy Brown

Matthews

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