Worried about Trump yet? Not me
The headline on your editorial asked: “Are you worried about Trump yet, Republicans?” (April 11 Editorial) No, I am not.
Yes, I voted for Donald Trump, and yes I am very happy that I did.
My worry is that the Democrats, the swamp, and the mainstream media are doing everything they can to discredit him, regardless of the harm they’re doing to America.
No, he is not perfect, but I will take him over the past feeble, passive, lead-from-behind, no-leadership administrations we’ve had. He is now having to fix their mess and “they” are not happy.
Howard Honeycutt, Charlotte
Race: A made up label that divides us
In response to “CMS 8th-graders rank No. 1 on math exam, but racial disparities persist” (April 11):
Is it helpful to discuss racial disparities in a story comparing student test results in CMS schools and public schools in other large cities?
It probably makes sense to compare student test scores using other criteria, such as socioeconomic status or whether English is the primary language spoken in the home.
As the current special issue of National Geographic makes clear: “There is no genetic or scientific basis for race. It’s largely a made-up label, used to distinguish and divide us.”
Instead of focusing on race, let us celebrate our students’ admirable diversity of background and experience and work to ensure that every student is offered the best possible education.
Ralph Levering, Davidson
Use that 5 acres for affordable housing
In response to “Commissioners not wild about plan for Hal Marshall site” (April 12):
Instead of donating five acres to build a park, why don’t Mecklenburg commissioners donate five acres for affordable housing?
Pearl Rosenberg, Charlotte
Alcohol deaths proof status quo is failing
In response to “Don’t change laws that brought an N.C. brewery boom” (April 12 Opinion):
Tim Kent of the N.C. Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association says: “Alcohol is a highly-regulated, highly-taxed commodity – and for good reason.”
Citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he says “alcohol contributes to more than 88,000 deaths each year in the U.S., and the estimated annual economic cost of excessive drinking in the U.S. is more than $224 billion. The beer and wine industry is required by law to produce, market and distribute a controlled substance responsibly.”
These are his words. Obviously he is telling us the status quo is not working. More than 88,000 deaths at a cost of $224 billion. Outlandish!
Kathy Ciminelli, Waxhaw
Facebook’s N.C. home dangerous? Absurd!
Facebook’s N.C. home dangerous? Absurd!
The story regarding Facebook in Forest City was built as much on innuendo as fact. (“Facebook stores its data in one of NC’s most dangerous cities, FBI data shows,” April 11)
True, Facebook data is at risk, but not because it is stored in lovely little Forest City. Facebook data is at risk due to political operatives and foreign interests well beyond the likes of a few local petty criminals.
As for Forest City, the actual FBI Uniform Crime Report data for 2016 notes there were zero murders, two rapes, and three robberies that year in “dangerous” Forest City.
The story misused statistics to imply that data stored in a small town is more likely to be stolen. That is simply not true as evidenced by the numerous consumer data breaches of recent years, most of which happened in larger cities.
Thom Black, Shelby
So tired of the endless construction
Everyone appreciates the efforts to improve Charlotte, but problems arise when these projects take forever and are ongoing simultaneously.
It seems like there is new construction everywhere. These projects often set time lines for completion that are incredibly unrealistic.
I would prefer Charlotte to be a city that isn’t permanently under construction. I’m definitely in support of Charlotte growing and reaching its full potential, but it’s the grueling process to get there that raises the questions: Is it really all worth it and necessary? When will it end?
Cara Siliakus, Waxhaw