A dangerous time for minorities like me
Suddenly life as a minority in our country has changed.
As Jews living in the South, it has not been comfortable. We have felt the intolerance of some local officials, some local churches, and our state legislature.
However, we felt joy in the social progress that our country was making.
Now, President-elect Donald Trump has appointed Stephen Bannon as his top strategist. Bannon has made his living promoting white supremacy, antisemitism and hate.
This is not just uncomfortable, this is dangerous.
The strength of our country has always been our diversity. Today all immigrants and all minorities are afraid.
This cannot stand.
Dr. David Nachamie, Lincolnton
Good reasons for the Electoral College
The founders instituted the Electoral College to keep populous states from dominating the nation.
The Senate has two senators from each state regardless of population for the same reason.
Eliminating the Electoral College requires two-thirds of Congress and three-fourths of states to approve an amendment.
States would never approve such a change, as it would allow a few states to dominate the election.
So talk of eliminating the Electoral College is just that – talk.
Bob Garner, Charlotte
Trump blueprint: appeal to haters
Donald Trump has provided a blueprint for future presidential candidates.
Don’t waste time on an intelligent discussion of issues or thoughtful preparation of policies to address national problems.
Instead, identify a core group of angry, resentful people who blame “others” for their own failures, stoke the hatred and bigotry of your core group at mass rallies where you make inane promises you never intend to keep, then sit back and watch the votes roll in.
This is the true, dumbed-down America of haters and bigots.
Floyd Wisner, Mooresville
I want a respected female president
In response to “From dad to daughter” ‘Your time will come’ ” (Nov. 16 Opinion):
It is a shame that Kirk Michie set his daughter up for disappointment election night by suggesting she might wake up to the first female president.
When we do have a female president I want it to be someone who is respected and earns it, not just because of her gender.
I preach to my children that they must go out and earn what they want in life, not to expect to get jobs and positions because of their race, gender or just because they complain a lot.
That is not the world I want my kids to grow up in.
Erin Hardison, Mooresville
I worry about Burr targeting a free press
One of the signs of authoritarianism is erosion of democratic institutions such as a free press.
The president-elect has made his opinions known about the free press. Now, it appears senators may be following suit. Just a week after the election, a reporter I respect and admire – Burgess Everett of Politico – tweeted the following: “@SenatorBurr is walking around with photos of reporters he won’t talk to. I’m on it.”
If true, I find this a flagrant violation of the First Amendment.
Calvin Deutschbein, Chapel Hill
Don’t deny inmates right to advocacy
Don’t deny inmates right to advocacy
In response to “Here’s what N.C. won’t say about inmates in solitary confinement” (Nov. 12):
Why is there a discussion over whether or not the names of inmates condemned to long-term solitary confinement should be released?
The state took away their freedom. That is already tremendous punishment.
Do not deny them their right to advocacy.
Do not hide them so far out of reach that, for all intents and purposes, they cease to exist.
Just because placing someone in solitary confinement is legal, does not mean it is not just as violent, vile and morally reprehensible as anything the state convicted these men of doing.
Carol Nystrom, New York, N.Y.
Levine is helping this community shine
In response to “Levine to fund CPCC scholarships for poor” (Nov. 15):
Howard Levine, thank you for your generosity.
As the late Leonard Cohen said, “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” You’ve infused that light with hope and progress right here in our community.
Mary Gregory, Charlotte