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Ferrell case offers convincing argument for police body-cams

The Jonathan Ferrell shooting still has more outstanding questions than answers.

The most important one, from a public safety perspective, is: What would the story have been had Officer Randall Kerrick been the only witness on the scene?

Anyone who believes this can’t happen to an unarmed, law-abiding citizen seeking help should be taking a hard look at that question.

If there ever were a legitimate question about the need to make police body-cam videos public property, this case should provide a convincing answer.

David Williams

Columbia, S.C.


In response to “McCrory donor hired at $95K” (Sept. 18):

Questionable hires by our governor got me to thinking

So, all I need to do to get an enormous salary for a made-up job is donate $1,250 to Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign and talk about how Washington has got to stop wasting our money?

I’m game. The check’s in the mail. Please create that new position for me and I’ll see you in a couple of weeks.

L.B. Pope

Mint Hill


In response to “Bid to rename court building for Chambers” (Sept. 13) and related articles:

Slow down on courthouse name change; a lot of history at stake

I simply cannot believe Mecklenburg County board chair Pat Cotham wants to rename the Mecklenburg courthouse after lawyer Julius Chambers.

He was a prominent man, but we are talking about a historic building. Something this historical should never have a name change. There is too much history at stake.

Why erase such meaningful history? Slow down, Pat.

Nancy Garner

Charlotte


In response to “US Airways workers to lobby for merger” (Sept. 16):

Pin blame for low morale at US Airways in right place: on CEO

For over two years management at US Airways has shown a lack of willingness to negotiate with employees in good faith. During those years CEO Douglas Parker saw fit to seek a merger with American Airlines. Now, US Airways management wants us to support this merger.

They want us to write our congressional representatives. They want us to ask the Department of Justice to back off and let the merger go through.

Parker and his people want everyone to think DOJ is causing low morale at US Airways. Any low morale is a result of the lack of respect shown us by our management, not the DOJ.

Wayne Bebler

Charlotte


Trim big CMS salaries to give teachers increase they deserve

When talking pay raises for teachers – and implied budget increases – we must look at how our tax dollars are spent in the school budget.

We spend more than $288,000 for a superintendent and he has a large staff, some of whom are better paid than teachers.

Exactly how many non-teaching staff jobs, not including bus drivers, janitors and cafeteria workers, do we have in our school system?

Eliminate the wasted dollars in the budget and I bet we can do a little better by the underpaid teachers.

J.C. Hoagland

Charlotte


In response to “Pittenger fears chemical attack here” (Sept. 14):

Pittenger offers simplistic view that’s hard to take seriously

Only two alternative policies follow from Rep. Robert Pittenger’s fear.

Either the U.S. should undertake a Bush-style invasion of Syria to seize these weapons before the terrorists do. But nobody wants another U.S. war.

Or the U.S. needs to make sure Assad stays firmly in power.

Thus, logic dictates that Pittenger embrace Obama’s diplomacy to leave Assad’s government in place but get it to promise not to use chemical weapons again.

In light of Pittenger’s simplistic view of a complex reality, voters should ask if his is a foreign policy voice that deserves to be taken seriously.

William P. Brandon

Charlotte


In response to U.S. Opinions: Kansas City “Slow but deliberate justice” (Sept. 15 Opinion):

When it comes to 9/11 attack, justice delayed is justice denied

While reading this editorial I was overcome with such a warm fuzzy feeling, knowing how fair and balanced our justice system has been to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his 9/11 co-conspirators .

I am sure those who lost loved ones are as thrilled as I am, that after 12 years there is still no outcome in sight.

Perhaps in our zeal to be fair, in another five or 10 years this might be resolved. Hopefully all of the family members of those murdered will still be alive to see justice done.

Stephen Rubin

Charlotte


In response to “When national anthem plays, show some respect; here’s how” (Sept. 16 Forum):

People show love of country

in different ways; let it be

Forum writer Bo Proctor’s patriotism is admirable. But one of the many great things about being an American is having the right to choose not to act in lockstep with, for example, a stadium full of spectators as instructed by the PA announcer.

Some people express love of country in very personal ways. Others have no sense of national pride. In any case, please don’t judge those who fail to follow the letter of the code.

You don’t know what’s in someone’s heart and mind.

John E. Howard

Charlotte

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