N.C. treatment of prisoners shocking
In response to “Inmate visits with mother for first time in 17 years” (Oct. 14):
I am shocked at the backward way of thinking in the N.C. prison system. I am dismayed at the complete lack of compassion for a mentally ill person.
I am pained deep in my heart to hear that Kenneth Lassiter, a deputy prison director, condones keeping a human being in solitary confinement for 17 years! And 2,500 N.C. prisoners in solitary confinement as of July?
North Carolina has to wake up! We have to educate those in our judicial system – from prison officials to judges – about mental illness.
Locking up a human being with mental illness in a cage is not the answer.
Anne Cochran, Charlotte
GOP leaders need to get behind Trump
Voters like me out here in the USA are supporting Donald Trump no matter what the polls, pundits, media, and wacky Republican leaders say.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and others have demonstrated they don’t care about or truly serve the citizens of this great country.
The Republican Speaker has left behind the people who elected him and now support the nominee. What a disgrace!
Republican leaders need to stand together behind the nominated and the electorate, not the special interests!
P.L. Prieb, Matthews
Trump Jr. should tell dad to tone it down
In response to “Donald Trump Jr: Focus on issues” (Oct. 14):
Donald Trump Jr. told a crowd of 150 in Mooresville to focus on the issues.
He was talking to the wrong people.
He needs to tell his father to stop the tirade against anyone who gets in his way and implore him to focus on the issues.
Those issues include the economy, infrastructure, jobs, and safety in our country and cities – not the rhetoric, hate and venom he currently spews.
Chris Turner, Charlotte
Trump will select wise advisers
We can’t have it both ways. We can’t have a non-political presidential candidate who can withstand intense media scrutiny of events 11 years ago.
I don’t understand why the media are reporting such events. Obviously it’s a blatant attempt to discredit Donald Trump. It seems a clear example of “majoring in the minors.”
I don’t really like Mr. Trump, but I believe he will surround himself with wise counsel, like Gov. Mike Pence.
Victoria McCall, Charlotte
Who else would a President Trump jail?
If elected, Donald Trump wants to imprison his opponent Hillary Clinton.
Such actions are typical for dictators of banana republics and other fascist regimes, not a democracy such as the United States.
Could it be that all Democrats, non-compliant members of the Republican Party, such as John McCain, Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, and any others who oppose Trump’s policies, would also be visited by the vengeful wrath of Trump the Terrible?
T.T. Masters, Charlotte
Cooper’s economic plan a mystery to me
During Tuesday’s gubernatorial debate we saw a stark contrast between the two candidates.
Gov. Pat McCrory stood by his record and talked about real results.
Roy Cooper offered no solutions to the “issues” he talked about.
Cooper said McCrory has hurt the middle class, but never said how he would fix it.
After watching the debate I have no idea what Cooper’s ideas are for the economy.
Hannah Brinson, Charlotte
Burr operates too often out of sight
In response to “Burr banking on Intelligence credentials” (Oct. 2):
The Intelligence Committee provides a haven in which Sen. Richard Burr can hunker down, out of sight, poring over intelligence reports to demonstrate his national security prowess.
The sequestered Senate Torture Report detailed CIA use of “enhanced interrogation techniques.”
Now Burr says: “looking back on it, enhanced interrogation should not be part of the future of detention and interrogation.” But who would have known, without the report?
Burr complains of intelligence “sources and methods” being revealed, yet he publicly uses compartmented intelligence when demanding that the CIA aggressively pursue the assassination-by-drone of militants.
Burr claims “It’s hard for anybody to really know what Richard Burr does because it’s not public.”
William E. Jackson Jr., Davidson