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Racism is alive and well, I just experienced it in Sedgefield

I am a 40 year old African-American male. I pay taxes, have a good job with the public school system and hold a bachelor’s degree.

None of that mattered Wednesday as I took my evening walk through Sedgefield, where I’ve lived for the past year and a half.

I was two blocks from home when I was stopped by police because they received a phone call that a suspicious black man was walking through the neighborhood – my neighborhood. Even after I showed the officer my license, with my address, he decided to run my information and asked if I had ever been arrested. Eventually, he let me go.

I just wanted to thank the Sedgefield community for refusing to let the Floridians one-up us. We can be just as racist and arrogant as the best of them.

Lem Roberts

Charlotte

In response to Leonard Pitts’ “I am – and we are – Trayvon Martin” (July 25 Viewpoint):

Black community shares responsibility for situation

If white women clutch their purses when they see a black man in a hoodie approach, why is that? Could it be that blacks represent 14 percent of our overall population but 39 percent of the prison population?

White-America’s sins of the past were horrific. In today’s world you must assume some responsibility within your own community.

The problem is not white people bullying black people; it’s those in the black community who do not responsibly raise, educate and protect their children. Man up, Leonard.

Dickie Benzie

Charlotte


Voter ID will backfire, sending GOP back into the wilderness

We’ve had more Big Foot sightings than cases of voter fraud in recent years.

Let’s face it, the demographics of this state, and country, are changing and Republicans know they face the very real danger of being a permanent minority party in the years to come.

So instead of outreach to potential new voters or changing their policies to make them more palatable, they make it more difficult to vote.

Not only will this fail, but it will harden perceptions of the party which will lead it back into the wilderness.

T.J. Broadnax

Charlotte


Gutting education budget will set N.C., its children back

The N.C. legislature’s proposed budget guts education like a brook trout.

The legislature will consign future generations to ignorance in its race to the bottom of teacher pay and educational support.

What entrepreneur or CEO will want to locate his/her enterprise in a state that refuses to adequately fund education?

Actually, the legislature and their gutted-trout budget have something in common – the longer they hang around, the bigger the stink they make.

Martha Catt

Charlotte


Shine light on cozy relationship between CLT, US Airways

For years, thousands of business travelers had to drive from Charlotte to Greensboro or Greenville, S.C. to get a decent airfare because then-Mayor Pat McCrory and airport director Jerry Orr were in the hip pocket of US Airways and would do nothing to seek other competitive airlines to service our city.

I hope the lawsuit against the state sheds light on the lies told to the public.

N.C. Republicans are fearful of the billion dollar judgment that could result if this lawsuit does not go their way. Payback is hell.

Wesley Fritsche

Charlotte

Political bickering, lawsuit will surely drive away CLT hub

Everyone likes sound investments. Given the public bickering and uncertainty over the airport’s future, how much would you invest in CLT?

I would sure feel uneasy about my existing investment. US Airways must also be having these discussions.

None of us should be surprised if they announce moving flights to an airport with a more certain direction. With that, hub status would follow.

Dennis Watkins

Statesville


USO at Charlotte airport a hidden gem, glad I found it

It doesn’t happen often, but once in a blue moon you see something wonderful – something incredibly wonderful.

After 30 years living in Charlotte I had never seen the Charlotte USO – never knew it was there. I bumped into it, killing time after my wife and I had missed our flight. Because I’m a retired Army officer, I was allowed in.

To me the Charlotte USO is an oasis of superb service in a world that so often provides mediocre performances.

Warren H. Anderson

Charlotte


In response to “MLB strikes out Braun for drug use” (July 24):

In steroids fall out, the wrong men are being punished

As founder of BioGenesis, Anthony Bosch profited from selling performance enhancing drugs to athletes. Now he is snitching on those he targeted. As with most snitches, his story has changed many times.

Steroids are not bad, per se. They are only bad because some legislators declared them to be.

In some Latin American countries including the Dominican Republic – a place many players call home – steroids are legal.

It is Anthony Bosch who should be thrown under the proverbial bus.

Jeff Hopkins

Charlotte

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