Alarmed by Trump’s morning show rant
This past week the president of the United States called into a morning show for an “interview.” For 30 minutes Trump ranted and raved like the old uncle at Thanksgiving that everyone ignores. This is the person that is supposed to go to North Korea to negotiate? God help us.
Laura Reich, Matthews
My newspaper morning ritual
In response to “An ode to my paperboy, Alice” (April 29 For the Record):
Thanks to David Yarborough for reminding us to be grateful for service providers.
My dog, Bentley, can’t wait to run out to retrieve the paper, thrown expertly at 5:00 a.m. without fail by our paper “lady.”
Justine Busto, Charlotte
Just go ahead and pay NCAA athletes
In response to “NCAA begins work on complex reforms” (April 26):
The report that Condoleezza Rice performed was quite admirable. However, considering that the majority of these “students” aren’t students, but athletes, wouldn’t it make sense to pay them to play?
They are bringing a lot of money into the school’s athletic department. Yet many of these athletes are taking remedial coursework, because they cannot read or write at the college level and are living the good life in plush residence halls strictly for them or in apartments that could rival some in South End.
Athletics in Division I schools is a business, and when you have coaches making more money than the president of the university/college, it is blatantly obvious where the priorities are.
Danton J. A. Cardoso,
Sarah Sanders deserves respect
What if it were your daughter who was being maligned by a disgusting “comedian”? What if one of your children were talked to liked this foul-mouthed woman?
Dave Cabaniss, Charlotte
Legislators careless with environment
Legislators, especially Republicans aligning themselves with Trump, are dumping our clean air, water and energy for big stock market raises. These are the important issues in both N.C. and S.C.!
I bring this up because I heard today was the first Code Orange Day of what we expect will be a summer full of “bad-air days”!
My husband had breathing difficulty clearing brush this morning. We now live just over the border in S.C. where “dirty Duke” coal and fracked air know no state boundaries.
Please tell readers which legislators will respect our environment!
Southwest pilot isn’t treated differently
In response to “Give Southwest pilot what Sully got” (April 30 Forum):
What happened on the Southwest flight, as tragic as it may have been, is not a miracle. Pilots routinely train for one engine out and emergency cabin depressurization. On board they carry a Quick Reference Handbook, which covers such emergencies. Losing one engine and cabin depressurization are covered in that book. There is nothing in that book about dual engine failure.
Sully and his co-pilot had to make split second decisions with no procedures to guide them. Flying an A320 with no engines running and no airport close enough at which to make an emergency landing, gave them only one choice. There is no training for landing an A320 in the water.
Bill Hite, Indian Land
Fire principal for gun comments
In response to “’Bam, bam, bam!’ Principal injects herself into anti-gun walkout, rattles students” (April 25)
One can only hope Collinswood principal Jennifer Pearsall will be brought up to speed on the principles of proper conduct when an invited speaker at her school is speaking. That was not the place for a one-sided lesson on what American culture is. Perhaps Ms. Pearsall should be granted the opportunity to shoot clay pigeons full-time instead of shooting her mouth off when she shouldn’t have.
Morry Alter, Charlotte
Aspire to Minette Trosch’s legacy
In response to Minette Trosch Obituary (April 29):
Minette Trosch was one of Charlotte’s most outstanding elected officials. Current and future elected officials in all offices, as well as private citizens, would do well to heed her advice.
If only Charlotte would live up to her challenge.
Mary H. Murchison,