Trump shouldn’t be impeached
As the president, Donald Trump can decide what is classified and what is open information. One argument people use for impeachment is that Mr. Trump was revealing information to a non-allied country, Russia. I researched the previously impeached presidents. Andrew Johnson was impeached because he dismissed a cabinet member without Congress’s approval. Bill Clinton lied under oath during a congressional investigation. Trump’s actions aren’t worth impeachment. Although he should be more cautious, his actions didn’t go against his presidential oath.
Patrick Wren, Charlotte
Wake up, Trump is worse than Nixon
I was an adult, albeit a young one, when Watergate was an investigation. Nixon was corrupt, we had bombed southeast Asia to hell and back and lied about it. This is different and maybe just because it is happening now, it seems worse in some ways. I think it is the acceptance of alternative facts by so many folks that is so disturbing. Back then there were dirty secrets to be discovered while now the secrets sit there in plain view. Remember, in the Bible it says, “In the beginning was the Word.” That represents sentience, the ability to think. That is when we became human and pulled away from the other animals. Are we now giving that up?
Joan E. Gardner,
Bring back my favorite columnists
Reading the Observer without Lawrence Toppman, Mark Washburn and Karen Garloch is like having chicken soup without the chicken. There’s a lot less reason to order the soup.
Toppman’s reviews were knowledgable and fun to read. I always read them both before and after seeing a film, concert, opera or exhibition.
When assigned to write something of substance, Washburn’s articles were beautifully written, intelligent and clever.
And Garloch’s medical articles were filled with important, useful information that made her writing accessible to the Observer’s readers.
Please bring these fine journalists back to the Observer, as staff writers or, if necessary, as free-lancers or guest columnists.
Joseph Spiegel, Fort Mill
Let’s celebrate Memorial Day right
Once again we head toward another misunderstood holiday: Memorial Day. As a brother of one who died serving his country, I represent many who feel the same way. Marketing and advertising departments are paid large amounts of money to bring customers into their events, but at what expense to the truth? I’ve been watching TV commercials daily telling me about the “largest Memorial Day event in America” honoring the men and women who serve in the military. Are these marketing experts ignorant to what Memorial Day is truly about, or is it not glamorous enough? Here is the difference: on Veterans Day, we honor all those who served. Memorial Day is only for those men and women who died while serving our country.
It’s time leaders step up and compromise
It is singularly discouraging that such unrelenting divisiveness exists in our government and populace. There has been very little effort by our government, especially the Trump administration, to foster an atmosphere of compromise and cooperation. The inability to set aside self-serving interests, provide magnanimous leadership, and maintain allegiance to the ideology of the Founding Fathers is increasingly evident. I am reminded of the words of our 16th president trying to preserve a discordant nation with a vision of government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” I hope, in our time, it will not “perish from the earth.”
Jim Ragaini, Charlotte
CMPD officers deserve higher pay
In response to “Police question City Council’s support ...” (May 9):
This writer is the president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9
Are CMPD officers worth a substantial pay increase? Yes! Charlotte is the 17th largest city in the nation, and growing. Compared nationally, our police officers are underpaid. Charlotte is competing with cities that offer more benefits and incentives that are pulling future and current officers away from CMPD. We know that we will be criticized for wanting more money and benefits, but we believe CMPD officers are worth it. We want to attract the best people to CMPD and keep them. We just can’t continue to sit back and accept a one or two percent market adjustment that will be eaten up with the annual insurance increase.
Mark Michalec, Charlotte