Trump must lead from the middle
A Trump supporter I know said, “I didn’t protest Obama and had to accept him as president. Why these protests?”
I similarly accepted Nixon, Reagan, and the Bushes. What’s so different?
James Comey’s actions were unprecedented and determined the election’s outcome. Trump won by razor thin margins in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
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Trump’s statements about ethnic groups, religious organizations, and jailing Hillary Clinton created divisions, exacerbated by recent pro-white incidents, including images of swastikas.
Unless he leads from the middle – what we so desperately need – the voices of protest will grow louder.
Jeff Tiller, Boone
Finally, our voices have been heard
In response to “Here’s what I was voting for with Trump” (Nov. 15):
Right on, Eddie Goodall – you made my day! Our nation does prefer to return to the constitutional government on which our nation was founded.
Our vote Nov. 8 spoke volumes – we do have a voice and we used it.
Thank goodness we have a chance to make our own decisions and not submit to the dictatorship of Big Government.
Marge Wilson, Rock Hill
A Trump vote based on lies, self-interest
Eddie Goodall’s explanation for voting for Trump is based on false assumptions. Earlier this year, PolitiFact reported that 78 percent of Trump’s statements were “mostly false,” “false,” or “pants on fire.”
And because Clinton won the popular vote by more than 750,000 votes, it is wrong to suggest the nation prefers the Republican Party’s platform.
Glaringly absent from Goodall’s analysis is what electing Trump does and means to women, immigrants, people of color, and the LGBT community.
Which makes sense because Goodall says he voted based on “how my life would be affected.”
Voting purely out of self-interest gets us, as a nation, nowhere.
Jake Sussman, Charlotte
My Clinton mistrust dates back to 1990s
In response to “This election was about her, not him” (Nov. 13 Opinion):
Former editorial page editor Jerry Shinn was right. The election results were because of Hillary: her lies and probable criminal offenses.
My mistrust and dislike began in the late ’90s when she called Bill’s philandering a vast right-wing conspiracy.
She denigrated women her husband had affairs with and lied to cover up all she could to keep him safe.
Hillary was his doormat and she took that mat on a magic carpet ride to the U.S. Senate and worldwide as Secretary of State.
If she is as strong and tough as many say, she would have taken her own train, one of self-respect, standards and freedom.
Marleen Alexander, Charlotte
Trump protests are an embarrassment
“ Stop it!”
It’s time for unity and peace. United we stand, divided we fall!
I am embarrassed to be an American. Allowing 200 students to walk out of high school to protest an election that most can’t vote in is ridiculous and hateful.
John Davis, Lenoir
Electoral College is a relic; eliminate it
When the Electoral College was formed there were no public schools and many people were illiterate.
Communication was difficult – example: The Battle of New Orleans was fought two weeks after the War of 1812 ended because of poor communication.
Today, circumstances are different. Under the Electoral College the value of a vote varies from state to state.
Every vote should have equal value and the Electoral College should be eliminated.
Walter Saville, Charlotte
Dangerous prisoners must be segregated
In response to “Here’s what N.C. won’t say about inmates in solitary confinement” (Nov. 12):
I worked in N.C. prisons as a psychologist for 36 years. Inmates must be segregated when their behavior becomes a danger to themselves or others.
Similar inmates to those described in this article often have personality deficits which make their management difficult for prison staff. They should be held accountable for their behavior.
Ultimately, they determine the length of time spent in segregation.
Drew Nivens, Kannapolis