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Does CMPD always protect and serve?
In response to “Knife-wielding man shot and killed by CMPD officer” (Feb. 3):
Here’s the kind of question the media and the community should be asking CMPD Chief Kerr Putney after every police shooting: The job of the police is “to serve and protect,” so who was served and protected by firing nine bullets at Charlie Shoupe? If the answer is “nobody,” then how can you say the officer was following procedure?
Charles Held, Mount Holly
Double standard on police shootings
Knife-wielding man shot and killed by police. Where’s the rioting? Where are the witnesses that will swear he had his hands up? Oh yeah, he was white.
Elizabeth R. Warren, Charlotte
I wish UNCC was more accessible
In response to “Here’s the scoop on light-rail extension” (Feb. 4):
I felt some mild disappointment on reading that there would be no public parking at the northern end of the Blue Line extension – but of course if I were part of the University community, I wouldn’t want a flood of commuter cars invading an already crowded campus.
But it reminded me of the degree to which the UNCC campus is already so close to being a closed campus. I have twice driven to UNCC for an event, driven around for an hour looking for public parking (while there were dozens of open spaces in student or faculty parking), and given up and driven home, unable to attend. I don’t know how common that is, but it sure doesn’t create the sense of a connection with the community that is a hallmark of a healthy public university.
Ralph W. Milligan,
Burr and Tillis, think more long-term
In response to “State AG on offshore drilling in NC: ‘We have one ocean’” (Feb. 4):
Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis may or may not be correct about short-term economic advantages of off-shore drilling. However, they are completely ignoring long-term disadvantages that can be and probably will be devastating.
I can’t believe Burr and Tillis are not aware of this. Do they not care?
Walter Saville, Charlotte
MLK shouldn’t be a marketing tool
I was appalled to see a commercial selling a Dodge pickup using only the words of Martin Luther King Jr.. The ad sullied the name of a great American for petty commercialism. What’s next, quoting passages from the Bible to sell garden hoses?
Don McIver, Charlotte
Trump needs to watch his language
In response to “Trump calls Dems not applauding ‘un-American’” (Feb. 6):
There are many things about President Trump that I dislike: his demeaning nicknames for others, his attempts to undermine the press, his dangerous provocation of North Korea, and his use of “alternative facts,” among others. All of these actions involve a carelessness with words. Call it exaggeration, hyperbole, or telling it like it is, but it indicates sloppy thinking and a lack of self-discipline. This was evident when he called the Democrats treasonous for not clapping at the State of the Union Speech. As an English teacher, I understand the power of words. Apparently, Mr. Trump doesn’t, or he doesn’t care as long as he can score points with the ideologues who agree with him.
Dianne Mason, Matthews
Dems, cooperate for good of the country
John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” Those were the marching orders for both parties. The Democrats now march to a different tune. They are too busy making excuses for Hillary Clinton’s loss and dreaming up the scheme that it was Vladamir Putin helping Trump.
Ed Mesko, Charlotte
To avoid bail, don’t commit a crime
In response to “It’s about systemic racial injustice” (Feb. 6 Forum):
Forum writer Rick Hudson writes, “If a white person who has money and a black person who doesn’t ... both perform the same crime, who’s going to be able to afford bail and a lawyer?” The point Forum writer Nancy Oakley made previously was “don’t break the law.” Oakley’s point was, no matter what color you are, don’t be a criminal; and, if you are a criminal, expect it to be more troublesome if you can’t afford bail or a lawyer. That has nothing to do with race.
Bill Kniegge, Waxhaw