I’m not ‘afraid’ of illegal immigration
In response to Keith Larson “On immigration, what are we afraid of?” (April 25 Opinion):
Really, Keith? No one is “afraid” of immigration. What we are against is illegal immigration!
I am against sanctuary cities, illegal immigrants getting drivers licenses, in-state tuition, getting appointed to political positions (as in California), free health care, housing vouchers, and every other free handout.
We have enough poor without importing the world’s poor just because they want to come.
Don’t get me wrong, if I were not a citizen, I would want to come as well, but there is a process.
John Pluckhahn, Charlotte
Remember Matthews vote when you vote
At the Matthews town board meeting Monday only one resident indicated support for the bill that would let the town create its own charter schools.
One potential result would be increasingly segregated public schools. A majority of commissioners voted to approve the bill, with the author N.C. Rep. Bill Brawley watching closely from the gallery.
It is a sad state of our democracy that our elected officials, from the town level up, are only interested in their ideology and have little regard for the citizens they purport to serve.
I hope the citizens of our democracy pay attention to those representatives in upcoming elections. Our democracy is at stake.
Vivian Brenner, Matthews
Mednax is acting like a scorned lover
I am fed up with Mednax’s scare tactics about purportedly incompetent anesthesiologists being turned loose on Atrium patients.
In reality, Mednax is like a scorned lover that trashes its ex to get back at Atrium. These tactics are an insult to the professionalism of the surgeons in the OR who would never allow the risk Mednax is spinning.
That we haven’t heard surgeons complaining about the vendor change speaks volumes.
How is Mednax “doing no harm,” or do profits trump that oath?
Charles Neal, Matthews
AR-15s play a useful role on farms
Forum writer Watson Burts asks, “What do you do with your AR-15s?” (April 25 Forum).
An AR-15 is used on many farms to control feral hog populations that destroy crops, trees and other farming pursuits.
The medium powered Remington .223 cartridge used in most AR-15s is ideal for control of these farm pests. Since the .223 is not as powerful as a deer rifle, it has a shorter down range travel. And since feral hogs often show up as family groups, a 30-round magazine allows the farmer to take down most of the group.
Spencer R. Rackley IV, Charlotte
Sen. Burr, tackle the important issues
Thank God, N.C. Sen. Richard Burr has taken up the gauntlet on an issue that worries the majority of Americans. Not surprisingly, it is not the frequency of mass shootings, or that school children are being killed, or that military-style weapons are ubiquitous in our society.
No, it is too many emotional support animals on airline flights.
Apparently, the usual Republican small-government philosophy has been forgotten by Sen. Burr as he tries to interject Washington into an issue that could be better resolved by the airlines themselves.
Sen. Burr, surely there must be something more important to work on than this issue. Term limits would be a good start.
Hans Voorn, Frisco, Texas
Save universities, not college sports
In response to “NCAA begins work on complex reforms” (April 26):
Instead of saving college basketball, save our universities by getting rid of college sports.
Marcus Henry, Reidsville
Diehl was fierce, but had a big heart
In response to “He was once Charlotte’s most feared attorney. Now Bill Diehl faces a different fight” (April 24 CharlotteObserver.com):
In January 2006, my son Rafe and I ran into Bill Diehl at a physician’s office. I recognized him – he was already an iconic figure here – and we introduced ourselves. Rafe was a precocious 11-year-old and a Duke basketball fan; the two of them vigorously debated Duke versus UNC while waiting.
Within a week, a letter from James, McElroy & Diehl arrived. Bill wrote, “In light of your misplaced allegiance for the small school not too far from Chapel Hill with its bad shade of blue and a Polish coach, I am hopeful that you will benefit from the enclosed tickets to the Bobcats game with Philadelphia…Enjoy.”
Fierce, yes. Driven, yes. Big heart, yes. Hope to see you around town, Bill.
Evan Kettler, Charlotte