I warned city not to fight Crystal Eschert
In response to “Jury awards fired city worker $1.5 million” (May 12) and related articles:
The writer is an at-large member of the Charlotte City Council.
When I saw the validity of Crystal Eschert’s complaints, I told City Attorney Bob Hagemann that she was a whistleblower. The “old boy network” went into full mode protecting its own. In subsequent discussions, the city attorney told me the city had a solid case and would prevail. This entire journey has been a travesty with poor judgment by the city attorney and the City Council. The council turned its face away from a powerless person in cowardice. I demand that Fire Department Chief Jon Hannan be terminated. He is a embarrassment to the fire department and this city.
Claire Green Fallon, Charlotte
Focus on Trump facts, not conjecture
If it is fact that Donald Trump shared highly classified information with the Russians, then Trump should be held accountable for such a breach of American security. However at this point, what Trump did or did not do is pure conjecture.
What is fact is that North Korea is moving rapidly toward an Armageddon-like nuclear arsenal. Let’s all learn from history. Like Adolph Hitler, Kim Jong Un has only a powerful military machine to keep him in power and at some point he may be willing to use his military might. Let’s all concentrate on fact and not political conjecture.
Barry Marshall, Charlotte
Stone should butt out of CMS matters
In response to “Lawmaker wants CMS boundary plan delay” (May 16):
N.C. Rep. Scott Stone has shown himself as just another GOP political hack who talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk. It isn’t surprising that a man who couldn’t get elected dogcatcher is issuing veiled threats to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Republicans keep telling us they want less government and yet they continually interfere in local matters. Enough is enough. Voters are getting tired of this nonsense.
Jack Hankins, Charlotte
Women’s health being held hostage
In response to “Women’s groups back on health care bill” (May 14):
We can get a man to go to the moon and back, yet, we can’t get health care to work. Women’s health is being held hostage because of their needs for birth control, maternity care, prescriptions, abortion and access to Planned Parenthood. With discrimination toward women’s needs, it comes as no surprise the mess the Republicans have made making sure at all cost women will end up sacrificing cancer screening, mammograms and their general well-being without the Affordable Care Act.
Lorraine Stark, Matthews
How did we get this bad political system?
Growing up we had a two-party system that represented all of the people. Both worked to solve local and national problems. Today we have a totally divided people, with deals cut to punish opinion and ideas, people are restricted from voting, and our president and elected officials blatantly lie on a regular basis. No one appears interested in supporting our citizens and communities with practical solutions to solve problems. Who are we voting for to create this situation is the question we all need to answer.
Daryl Solomonson, Troutman
Russian investors for Trump? No big deal
In response to “Trumps’ firm denies Russia role in golf club” (May 16) and related articles:
The story about Trump and Russian investors is a non-story. Is it a crime or a sin to have Russians investors? What’s the difference in their money compared with investors from China, New York or wherever?
I think all of this was just a chance for the media to find fault or criticize the Trump folks.
Find something important to write about.
Bill Hensley, Charlotte
Build golf carts into transportation plan
I went to the Ballantyne Breakfast Club meeting May 13 and asked the Charlotte Department of Transportation representatives why they have not incorporated any electric carts into their transportation plans. All across the country in places like Peachtree City, Ga., and Sanford, Fla., there are cart paths for residents.
They replied: No one has requested it. The Waverly and Rea Farms centers are right across the street from the Providence Country Club community yet no plans have been made for electric carts. Does that sound like innovative planning to you?
Jim Van Meerten, Charlotte