Preserve activist’s house? Crazy idea
In response to “Charlotte home of ‘caustic’ 1960s activist might be historic landmark” (July 4):
The idea of preserving a house that has no historical value is ridiculous.
Charlotte has destroyed more buildings that truly had architectural and historical values than the one mentioned in this article.
Why would anyone select this location as historical? Who will pay for the upkeep, taxes, etc.?
Come on Charlotte, when do crazy ideas like this stop? Now, I hope.
Windy White, Charlotte
Let Smith family foot the bill for soccer
Why does a soccer franchise in Charlotte require millions of taxpayer dollars?
If billionaire Bruton Smith and his son want a soccer team, sell them the stadium and property for a hefty price and wish them much success.
The sale might even carry the stipulation that the property can never be used for anything but a stadium or a public park.
The Smiths will be entitled to all the profits and expenses going forward, including a nice annual tax payment to the city and the county.
Taxpayer dollars being considered for the Smiths’ enterprise could be applied to public projects like education.
The return on this investment would be far greater than that promised by a partnership with the Smiths.
William Lee Hall, Rutherfordton
Your bias against Trump is showing
In response to Issac Bailey “Why I can’t just shrug off Trump’s juvenile tweets” (July 6 Opinion):
One of Issac Bailey’s criticisms was particularly indicative of his bias against Mr. Trump:
Which of our presidents has been a role model for America’s children? That’s not their role.
Aren’t parents the most effective role models for their children?
Every indication is that Trump did his job with his children. So please, rise above your prejudices.
Your children will be better served and so will others whom, due to your megaphone, can be influenced inappropriately.
Jim O’Donnell, Charlotte
Trump doesn’t have military’s back
President Trump promised military families at a July 4 White House gathering that “I will always have your back.”
Meanwhile, the May 24 edition of the Military Times reported that a 6 percent increase is planned in the $186.5 billion Veterans Affairs budget, but a dramatic cut in benefits is also planned for vets who have reached Social Security benefits.
Is this what President Trump and VA Secretary David Shulkin mean as “always”?
Robert J. King, Charlotte
Toles should chastise Obama, not GOP
Tom Toles’ July 5 Mike Pence/health care cartoon suggested the Democrats sought Republican help in drafting Obamacare and were denied input.
This is an outrageous revision of the facts.
The Republicans wanted to improve health care by allowing the sale of health insurance plans across state lines to encourage competition.
They also wanted to curb frivolous lawsuits, which drive up the cost of health care.
An arrogant, newly elected President Obama told them that they had lost the election and rejected their suggestions.
Steve Kardisco, Hickory
Disagreement with Trump is not hate
There are a lot of folks throwing around the word “hate” regarding the “liberals” who vehemently disagree with our president’s actions.
I’d like to remind the conservative right of its insistence that its members don’t “hate the sinner, they hate the sin.”
There are both conservatives and liberals who believe President Trump shows a high level of immaturity and ignorance, and that he is on track to do great damage to our country.
Hate directed toward any one individual is not the focus.
Mark Selleck, Waxhaw
Just make that darn wedding cake
In response to “Yes, Jesus would have baked that cake” (July 7 Forum) and related letters:
Regarding that wedding cake... Jesus would have given them the cake, a good businessman would have tried to sell them two cakes, and if the government gets involved taxpayers will bear the skyrocketing cost of government “wedding cake” regulations.
To keep the government out, please just make the darn cake.
Phillip Greene, Charlotte