Republicans aren’t all extremists
In response to “Break with Trump to save yourselves, GOP” (Aug. 17 Opinion):
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Candidate Trump tapped into the feelings of voters who felt their traditions and values were marginalized. The media outrage at his Charlottesville response suggests that all those who take pride in their Confederate ancestry and/or who appreciate the statues of that historic era are right-wing fringe elements who embrace the practices of the time and represent Republican convictions in general.
Monument removal deserves measured consideration, and fringe elements on both sides deserve the harshest condemnation. “Nice people” don’t bring weapons or trouble to demonstrations.
Phil Clutts, Harrisburg
You can’t take your dog everywhere
In response to “When - if ever - can you bring your dog...” (Aug. 23):
Thanks Katherine Peralta for your article and research on whether you can bring your non-service dogs into groceries and restaurants. It doesn’t make a person a dog hater if we would rather you leave your beloved pet at home for an hour to shop. Thanks to all the responsible pet owners who respect others who may have allergies and who pick up after their pets – everywhere and all the time.
Tracy Poole, Charlotte
Criticism of McMaster is unfair
For so long I’ve heard about how Obama or Democrats in general divide America. Now we have definitive proof it’s the Right that’s constantly carving off parts of America that just aren’t “right” enough.
H.R. McMaster, an Army officer with impeccable credentials who most Republicans and Democrats saw as an excellent choice for the NSA, is now suffering the standard character assassination , and it seems for no other reason than not kowtowing to Steve Bannon. For those who thought Trump was the “lesser evil,” you better buckle your seat belt.
Timothy Weeks, Fort Mill
Athletes are treated like commodities
In response to Kevin Durant’s comments that ESPN’s fantasy draft resembles a slave auction:
Mr. Durant, major sports recruiting for pros, college and even some high schools are all run like auctions where men and women are treated as commodities. What is sad about it is that you have a never-ending line of willing participants, many of whom will do anything to get to the next level. The lack of regard for health and well-being of those who choose, or feel they need, to go down this path is being exploited by many more than ESPN. The nation is listening to you. Perhaps you can do something about it?
David Sorensen, Cornelius
The Left actually just wants to help
In response to “The Left wants to control our lives” (Aug. 23 Forum):
We can all agree with the core values mentioned in Ms. Moore’s letter. However, the “leftists” do not want to control our lives. We all need good health care. Taxation pays for our roads, schools, military, police and fire protections, clean water, etc. It’s what she considers redistribution of income that is really her point. If we ignore those less fortunate than we are, we should feel shame, not satisfaction. Give me a leftist to an elitist any day.
Linda J Brooks, Charlotte
Community spaces are important
In response to “Let’s not make second mistake in Second Ward” (Aug. 20 Opinion):
We commend Taylor Batten for his column. For decades, Marshall Park has been a green space designed for community gatherings, peaceful protests and vigils. Today, we find ourselves in a climate of division. Public gathering areas in Uptown, like Marshall Park, are needed now more than ever before.
Missing from Sunday’s editorial was the recognition that in the corner of Marshall Park stands Charlotte’s forlorn and all-too-often forgotten Holocaust Memorial. In the shadow of the KKK and Nazis marching in Charlottesville, perhaps now is the time to give the statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and the city’s Holocaust Memorial a position of distinction and prominence.
Marshall Park is now, and should continue to be, a unique gathering space in our city that honors our past and encourages us to live with a vision of a fair, just, and moral future.
Rabbi Asher Knight and Rabbi Judy Schindler,