Learn from mistakes made in Kerrick case
In response to “Trooper’s tactics in chase of deaf man questioned” (Sept. 7):
The writer is a retired SBI agent.
I understand the need for the media to have instant results for whatever happens.
But a criminal investigation and an internal investigation of an officer-involved shooting takes time to put all of the information together for the district attorney and highway patrol commander.
The media need to let the process take place.
There was a rush by then-Chief Rodney Monroe and others to judge Officer Randall Kerrick. As we learned at trial, that investigation was nowhere near completion when Kerrick was arrested.
Let this investigation take its course.
Bill Lane, Polkville
Link those in black community with jobs
In response to “Electricians, roofers, plumbers needed now and in the future” (Sept. 5):
Construction-related jobs are in great demand, a demand expected to grow.
At the same time, employment opportunities are needed in the black community where the August unemployment rate at 8.1 percent was nearly twice that for whites.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force is exploring ways to enhance upward mobility in Charlotte.
Progress could be made by linking these mutual needs for jobs and workers. I hope the Task Force considers this option.
Companies that need these skills would gladly train workers who demonstrate a willingness to work and learn.
Steve Monroe, Charlotte
Something we can all agree on: Gratitude
In response to “I’ll sit or kneel, just like Kaepernick” (Sept. 7 Forum):
It’s an ironic position Forum writer Jibril Hough has taken – deciding not to stand and support those who gave of themselves, often their own lives, to protect his freedoms.
I understand there are extreme groups on both sides of the issues we’re facing, but standing for the flag and showing a level of gratitude seems like one we could all agree on.
Trigg Cherry, Charlotte
Like it or not, Jibril and QB have a right
While I am not in agreement with Jibril Hough’s or Colin Kaepernick’s form of protest, it is their right and I support it.
The NFL is a private enterprise and if it chooses to include a “respect for country clause,” so be it. However, the screams of fans and firing of fireworks during the national anthem aren’t exactly respectful.
The NFL can levy fines if it deems necessary, and the marketplace can certainly punish via sponsorship and endorsement deals, but mandating respect seldom works and often backfires.
Tom Lewis, Charlotte
Someone must pay for IRS failures
In response to “Should IRS chief be impeached?” (Sept. 6 Observer Editorial):
The IRS’s failure to retain vital documents is “disturbing”?
Erasing 422 backup tapes required significant time and effort.
Someone directed the erasing of the tapes. This is obstruction of justice and someone should go to jail.
Unfortunately, the FBI decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her irresponsible handling of email has demonstrated that the FBI has become a political organization, instead of a law organization.
Both Hillary and her staff, as well as someone in the IRS, broke laws and should go to prison.
Bruce Moline, Charlotte
It’s clear GOP wants to rule, not govern
Republicans have refused to act swiftly on Zika funding, Judge Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination, immigration reform, or anything else that might make the other party look good.
It is now clear that Republicans do not want to govern, they want to rule.
When they lose, they plant their feet and act like 6 year olds. Thus, I will never vote for another Republican.
Cecilia Aulick, Charlotte
Glad to see some green space spared
In response to “Sedgefield neighbors win fight to halt sale of land to developer” (Sept. 8):
Congrats to the Sedgefield neighbors who saved their green space from being sold to a developer.
Eighteen years ago I moved to Charlotte because I loved the trees and beautiful green areas.
But I’ve watched fields, forests and a horse farm destroyed to build treeless apartments, homes, multi-use areas, and whatever puts money in the developers’ pockets.
This is progress?
Judy Hartley, Charlotte