Elected officials shouldn’t be praying
In response to “Praying to God 5 times each day” (Nov 19):
Guest columnist Rose Hamid has missed the point about freedom to worship as we choose.
Her religious requirements – or anyone else’s – are not binding on anyone else and do not get to trump governmental meetings and functions.
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The point is, the government should not be promoting religious values in any way.
So no, prayers of any kind are not appropriate in government meetings.
Deanna Richie, Mint Hill
Don’t let N.C. GOP game the courts
The Nov. 8 election for state Supreme Court reflected the will of N.C. voters, and more than 2 million of them chose Justice-elect Michael Morgan.
Now, Republicans may use a special session to pack the court with two more appointed seats to wrest back GOP control of the state’s highest court.
What an insult to democracy!
The court should be allowed to do its job without Republicans gaming the election and flooding the court with politics.
As my elected representatives, Rep. Scott Stone and Sen. Bob Rucho must renounce this plan today and allow the will of voters to stand.
Terry Losardo, Charlotte
Focus on rising crime rate, not on guns
In response to “Gun violence is a public health issue” (Nov. 20 Opinion):
Despite this op-ed column to the contrary, “gun violence” does not exist.
A gun can do nothing on its own, and law-abiding gun owners do not go on shooting rampages.
What is taking place is an escalation of criminal violence and crime.
Until the media starts being honest about the issue and its cause, it will be impossible to prevent.
Mike Vee, Concord
Election boards have buoyed my hope
As frustrating as political disagreements may be, they are nothing compared to the disenfranchisement that comes with tainting the electoral process.
Republicans on county election boards acted clear-headed in rejecting Gov. Pat McCrory’s electoral maneuvers last week.
At a time when half of us have serious doubts about the other half, I felt a glimmer of hope to see old-fashioned public servants on the opposite side of the political spectrum from me understanding the value of integrity in elections above their own personal political preferences.
Russell Dean, Hillsborough
Wasn’t hard to see Trump win coming
In the 2016 election, the media missed the obvious.
If a current administration has more failures than successes, the other party will win election – e.g., Carter led to Reagan.
President Obama had many more failures than successes. In a Feb. 2016 Associated Press poll 68 percent of Americans said the country was headed in the wrong direction.
That led to a change.
Couple that with the Democrats running a very flawed candidate, one that more than 50 percent of her own party didn’t trust.
It’s not hard to figure out that the other party was going to win.
Cass Bacot, Boone
Don’t succumb to post-election amnesia
Don’t succumb to post-election amnesia
Congress, the courts and all America would be wise to monitor the incoming president’s actions very closely.
The moment his policies even remotely reflect the sexism or bigotry he has so brazenly expressed America must stand up as one people and say: “This is not who we are!”
We do not make fun of handicapped people. We do not call millions of immigrants – even if undocumented – rapists, murders and drug mules.
We don’t ban a religion. We don’t joke about torture. And we definitely don’t boast about men grabbing women’s genitals.
This is not about political correctness run amok. Our very greatness as a nation is at stake.
Joe Moran, Durham
Yet, 42% of women supported Trump
In response to “Women won’t tolerate demeaning remarks” (Nov. 20 Forum):
I hope Forum writer Lorraine Stark is right about women not tolerating demeaning or sexist remarks from Donald Trump.
Unfortunately, over 40 percent of women not only are tolerating it, they are apparently embracing it by voting for Trump.
I had hope that having more women in politics and more voting would bring more civility to our political discourse.
Having 40-plus percent of your demographic vote for someone like Donald Trump is not a good sign.
David Duncan, Fort Mill, S.C.