Prisoners like me see issues N.C. ignored
In response to “After 5 deaths, state leader listens to officers” (Nov. 8):
The writer is an N.C. prison inmate.
If N.C. leaders had been listening for years to their prison staffs’ desperate cry for help, the unnecessary incidents happening at Pasquotank and Bertie prisons could have been prevented.
Having done time in five different states – N.Y., Conn., N.H., Ga., and N.C. – I’m used to having rules to follow while in prison that are enforced by prison staff.
Rules may be in place here in N.C. prisons, however, how can the rules be enforced by the under-staffed and untrained prison staff that state leaders have knowingly understaffed and under-trained?
Arthur Goulette, Taylorsville
Public isn’t buying GOP tax plan spin
Once again, congressional Republicans have cooked up a wildly unpopular bill.
This one masquerades as a middle-class tax cut, but is in fact a huge giveaway to the wealthy and corporations while actually raising taxes on an estimated 36 million people and taking health insurance away from 13 million.
A Quinnipiac University poll reports that 52 percent disapprove of this tax proposal, and only 25 percent approve. Sixty-one percent believe the wealthy would mainly benefit, while just 24 percent believe the middle-class would mainly benefit.
Here we go, further down the political-spin rabbit hole. Let’s say “No thanks!”
Pat McCoy, Charlotte
Timing of Moore accusation troubling
After 39 years, ascertaining with certainty what really happened with that young girl and Judge Roy Moore would be murky at best.
What is far more telling is the timing of the accusation. There has been great consternation over the alleged meddling of the Russians in our 2016 election. Not much has been found so far.
I see the Washington Post’s timing on the release of the Moore story as an obvious attempt to impact an election.
If the story had come out three months ago, a year ago, or 10 years ago you could call it investigative journalism. Instead, you have outside meddling in an election.
Bill Wallace, Charlotte
Flawed ideology again in Alabama
Perhaps it is easier to understand the attitudes of Alabama GOP voters sticking with Roy Moore for U.S. Senate when we recall the attitudes of all-white juries in Alabama voting against black defendants regardless of evidence or trumped-up charges, and seldom convicting a white person for a crime against a black person, including lynching.
No morality or logic, only a deeply entrenched flawed ideology described as Christian. Some things never change.
Richard McGregor, Charlotte
Horrified by repeal of trophy hunting ban
Horrified by repeal of trophy hunting ban
In response to “Trump reverses ban on elephant trophies” (Nov. 17):
Killing elephants for any reason is no different than smashing a baby’s head against the wall.
It horrifies me that as a civilization we still continue to kill these incredible beings. The fact that our administration has made it legal to bring back their body parts is horrifying. Filthy humans.
Janet Taranto, Charlotte
Collaboration with Duke failed mightily
In response to Our View “Independent? These UNC Charlotte professors appear to be cozy with Duke Energy” (Nov. 15 Editorial):
“Cozy,” indeed. If the intent of professors Bill Langley and John Daniels and their patrons at Duke Energy was to minimize concerns about Duke’s coal ash policies, their collaboration has failed mightily.
UNC Charlotte had a chance to take responsibility for this embarrassing episode. Instead, its online response to the investigation by WBTV reporter Nick Ochsner adds only another layer of clumsy denial. I don’t imagine North Carolinians who live near the coal ash ponds will find it persuasive.
Lew Powell, Charlotte
A cynic’s-eye view of city’s new logo
In response to “Charlotte’s new marketing campaign gets a crowning touch” (Nov. 15):
A cynic might suggest that the juxtaposition Wednesday of an article touting Charlotte’s new logo next to a story marking a spike in homeless deaths was deliberate. That cynic might also suggest that the new logo depict a figure sleeping on a bench under Charlotte’s crown.
Jonathan Hoin, Charlotte