In response to “Mecklenburg commissioner under fire for race remarks” (June 27) and related articles:
Ratliff should step down or at least relinquish current post
It’s very clear which part of the Charlotte community Kim Ratliff is looking out for.
Upon learning that she wasn’t selected to serve on the search committee for a new county manager, she became miffed and acted vindictively.
She should resign from the Mecklenburg Board of Commissioners, or at least step down from the vice chair position.
A person like her should not be in any leadership position on the county commission. The electorate deserves better.
We overreact to comments by Deen, Bill James, Kim Ratliff
Initially I will say Paula Deen makes a great hush puppy!
I believe corporate America overreacts with Deen and years back with Jimmy the Greek, a sports commentator.
Maybe I am too thick-skinned for the current environment. Remarks by our own county commissioners, from blacks “living in a moral sewer” to we should hire a “nonwhite” as county manager, do not bother me.
I would like to apologize for any offensive comments I might have made over my lifetime, as we all have. I am sorry, let’s move on.
W. Randall Lemly
In response to “Duke’s rate hike takes beating at hearing” (June 27) and related articles:
Continual rate hikes hurt seniors living on fixed incomes
Duke Energy and all the rest of the utilities companies need to give a break to seniors on fixed incomes!
While Duke has a program that helps reduce costs if you use power during non-peak hours, they need to advertise it more. North Carolina seems far behind in programs like this.
Duke Energy is nickle and diming us to death with continued rate increases.
What’s wrong with these power companies?
In response to “Problem isn’t people legally carrying concealed weapons” (June 25 Forum):
Don’t fall for myth of gun-toting ‘good guys’ who will protect us
Forum writer Michael Venditti’s letter pointing community alarm toward “criminals and gang members” is one more contribution to the drumbeat of insistence that those alien creatures – so completely unlike the rest of us – are the only problems with gun-carrying.
Would that it were so!
This comforting illusion – that there are two groups of people, The Bad Guys and Us Good Guys – draws a line that has everything to recommend it but the facts.
If you think the community is full of righteous folks who would protect us from the “bad guys” if only they were armed, watch the bad decisions being made around you in traffic all the time.
Then, ask yourself whether you want to see all those folks carrying guns.
Ralph W. Milligan
Trayvon Martin photo used by media distorts the picture
I have no pre-decision on the murder trial going on in Sanford, Fla., but it is disturbing to see the media help the prosecution in the George Zimmerman trial by continuing to show the photo of Trayvon Martin when he was about 14 years old and looked like a nice, clean-cut young man.
I remember seeing a more current photo on the Internet of Trayvon all dressed in black, with tattoos, his hat bill turned sideways and looking more menacing.
In addition, he was a big kid at about 165 pounds.
Tega Cay, S.C.
I see double standard in the way media treats minorities
Paula Deen is attacked by the media as a racist because of statements she made years ago.
Yet 30 years ago a young college student was a prolific pot smoker who later railed against the United States. Today, he’s our president. Why has the media not hung Obama out to dry as they have Deen?
Locally, a Mecklenburg commissioner made a racial statement. It was covered by the media, but there was no media outrage or calls for her dismissal.
I’ve grown tired of minorities being treated with kid gloves by the media. The color of your skin should not matter when you say or do something that is not acceptable.
John H. Spivey
In response to “Immigration moves to uphill House fight” (June 28):
Could be that U.S. approach to immigration policy is all wrong
Has anyone thought to ask the 11 million undocumented people in the United States if they really want to be U.S. citizens?
Maybe they just want to live here, work here, send their monies home and enjoy the benefits of the home country and whatever gains they get here.
In response to “144 geese from Gaston park killed” (June 27):
Geese should not have been killed; there were other options
I have heard a lot of outrageous things in my life, but euthanizing 144 geese that could have been relocated is absolutely outrageous.
A volunteer with Carolina Waterfowl Rescue even offered to relocate the birds. The individuals with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Plant Health Inspection Service should have refused to euthanize.
This should not have occurred at all. It makes me sick!
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