Get cracking on new N.C. voting districts
In response to “U.S. Supreme Court affirms ruling that N.C. districts are racial gerrymanders” (June 6):
Slow-walking new maps for North Carolina voters in 28 legislative districts is a bad idea.
Now that the Supreme Court has spoken, Sen. Ralph Hise and Rep. David Lewis should put those gerrymandered districts on the junk pile – now.
C’mon boys! Afraid of a fair fight?
Or is the thought of voters sending fresh, responsive leadership to Raleigh for nine Senate seats and 19 House seats just way too scary?
Get cracking on those special elections for 2017 – the sooner the better.
Terry Taylor-Allen, Charlotte
I want a free press, but a balanced one
In response to “Why a free press matters for all” (June 4 Forum):
I want to help Forum writer Laura Meier understand that as a conservative I do want a free press, but a really free press covers both sides of issues equally and fairly.
What we have is a group of arrogant elitists who think if you are Republican you are an ignorant bozo who doesn’t deserve balanced reporting.
Members of the media may offer a little positive coverage of the view on the right, but only enough to deceive themselves (but not conservatives) that they are balanced.
I don’t want government control of the press. I want the press to search for the whole truth, not the leftist truth.
Jill Wagner, Charlotte
Don’t use my taxes to pay another’s bills
In response to “Government should help the poor” (June 7 Forum):
Could Forum writer Suzanne Villar please explain how using the coercive, heavy-handed force of government to force fellow citizens pay somebody else’s bills, through confiscating parts of another person’s paycheck through the tax code, is consistent with securing the blessings of liberty?
If that be the case, then providing for the common defense could require every adult in the United States to own and and carry a firearm, with a penalty for non-compliance being a tax.
Not a stretch if you think about it.
D. Ben Fletcher, Charlotte
Meadows has his priorities mixed up
The fact that Rep. Mark Meadows suggests the Russia investigation is keeping Congress from more pressing matters tells me a lot about where his priorities lie.
If Mr. Meadows can’t understand how important hacking of our elections by Russia, or any foreign government, isit is time for him to step down and let someone else represent us.
I expect Mr. Meadows to do his job and to do everything in his power to ensure that such foreign influences never happen again.
Michael Warren, Hickory
Repeal Obamacare at your own risk
As a 74-year-old man on Medicare who depends on Social Security for my only source of income, I just want to give notice to all politicians now in office.
We may be old and not all that healthy, but we still vote. If any of you vote to cut or drastically change these programs that are our lifeline, we will see to it that you come home from Raleigh or Washington to stay.
Repeal and replace your own risk!
Wayne Shook, Taylorsville
GOP, get a grip on your problem child
President Trump’s tweets regarding London Mayor Sadiq Khan were beyond stupid.
If the president were a teenager in my house and I caught him making ill-informed or deliberately twisted tweets, I would take away his cellphone.
He’d also have to write an apology to Mr. Khan. And if Mr. Khan were a neighbor, he’d be mowing his lawn for the rest of the summer using a push mower and a broom.
It is about time the Republican majority in Congress disciplined its problem child.
Martha Catt, Charlotte
A new addiction that impacts all: phonitis
A new addiction is sweeping the land. It’s called “phonitis.”
Affected persons seem helpless to avoid holding and looking at their cellphones.
Being more important than personal relationships, exercise, or clear thinking, the only hope of recovery requires crushing or flushing it – which most cannot do.
It affects not only the young, but gray-hairs are equally consumed.
Watson Burts, Charlotte