Roberts’ reckless hubris caused HB2
In response to “Mayor: Charlotte’s LGBT ordinance will stand” (Sept. 20):
Let’s not lose sight of why the legislature was forced to act. It was the reckless hubris of Mayor Jennifer Roberts and a few on City Council!
She was warned before she insisted on adding bathrooms to the ordinance.
Roberts is the one who continues to cause losses of millions of dollars to the hard-working people of North Carolina.
Make no mistake, I do not support discrimination of any kind. But we’ve been made a laughing stock by the recklessness of “Rainbow Jennifer.”
James Todd, Charlotte
For N.C. there is no simple reset on HB2
This bill has changed the way people from other states view us. We are now seen as a discriminatory state.
We can’t go back to being a non-discriminatory state easily.
We don’t need a reset. What we need is an offset.
At this point we must repeal HB2 and also offer up further non-discrimination evidence to get back to common footing with other states.
Donna Black, Charlotte
Amid standstill, N.C. gets the booby prize
In the near future the courts will rule on cases similar to HB2.
Some rights we are attempting to protect by ordinance or deny by statute may be protected as a matter of law without further legislation. Some attempts to legislate social issues might be decided as going a bridge too far.
Either way, once the courts rule our representatives will know what they can and cannot do.
The alternative is to do nothing and let both sides continue to say they’re right, as we continue to suffer the consequences.
Being right is the booby prize for all of us.
Jim Shannonhouse, Charlotte
Developers did away with city’s charm
In response to “South End’s Pepsi site sells for $17.85 million” (Sept. 20):
Commercial developers transformed uptown into steel and glass, losing the charm of the renovated buildings in Raleigh, Durham and Asheville.
Residential developers are transforming the rest of the city into cookie-cutter apartments built to the sidewalk with no green space.
The Pepsi plant sale will add more-of-the-same apartments, making Charlotte the “Least Architecturally Interesting City in the World.” Guess that’s one definition of world-class.
Dale W. Saville, Charlotte
McCrory takes credit for teachers’ work
The writer is a retired CMS history teacher.
The middle class is shrinking as working families slip into poverty. That is bad news for public schools, as less affluent students tend to score lower on EOG tests.
Add in Raleigh-mandated teacher assistant cuts, fewer textbooks, larger classes and academic decline seems inevitable.
Teachers are fighting that trend. Working harder and buying their own supplies, they’ve improved scores in some areas.
Now Gov. Pat McCrory is taking credit for teachers’ hard work.
I lack enough disdain to express my disapproval, so I’ll use my ballot instead.
Alan J. Hoyle, Denver
Blaming Hillary shows Trump is a coward
Blaming Hillary shows Trump is a coward
What a coward Donald Trump proved himself to be on Friday.
For five years, he promoted the idea that President Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. and thus is not a legitimate president.
When he acknowledged he was wrong, he blamed his lie on Hillary Clinton.
Is this the character of a person who should become president of the greatest nation the world has ever known?
Jean Davis, Charlotte
Trump’s plan to vet makes him right pick
It is obvious that Hillary Clinton has the same “softness” for Middle Easterners as the present commander-in-chief.
Middle Easterners newly admitted to the U.S. are of the utmost consequence. We need to keep a constant vigil on their activities while they are on our soil, until they are established U.S. citizens.
Donald Trump makes much more sense with respect to this vigil; therefore he should be voters’ logical choice for president.
Ron Feuer, Charlotte
That Forum letter was so 1920s
In response to “Women to blame for big government” (Sept. 19 Forum):
Were you cleaning out old cabinets at the Observer? It seems a letter from the 1920s accidentally showed up. It’s so cute that you decided to publish it on Monday.
It makes us all appreciate how far we’ve come and what “enlightened” voters our candidates have supporting them.
Deb Darbee, Fort Mill, S.C.