Advice for the 3 accused flag burners
In response to “3 arrested after burning U.S. flag” (May 3):
Here is some advice for the three young people accused of burning our American flag at a downtown park: Our flag symbolizes the home of the brave, free education for 12 years, fire and police protection, and numerous other factors most Americans cherish – and yes, freedom of speech.
I suggest if you want to burn a country’s flag, you first go to Cuba, Iran, Syria or other such places to see the extent of the punishment you would receive.
It was disrespectful to get attention for a cause by burning the flag.
Barbara Bell Kerr, Charlotte
God gave us Trump, and I’m thankful
In response to “Alarmed by Trump’s morning show rant” (May 2 Forum):
Forum writer Laura Reich pleads “God help us,” to which I say with certainty that God indeed has already helped us by allowing Donald Trump to become president.
Andrew Rullman, Newland
Don’t be a hypocrite on locker room talk
In response to “Sarah Sanders deserves respect” (May 2 Forum):
Forum writer David Cabaniss is upset that a comedian talked “locker room” talk about Sarah Sanders. I have two things to say:
Comedians poke fun at people and what they do. If you have written in lambasting your president for his talk of s--thole countries, grabbing women by their privates, how a host was menstruating during a debate, and on and on, then I send kudos to you for being fair.
If you have not, then look in the mirror and say hypocrite.
David E. Hawk, Rock Hill
Sarah Sanders lies; I can’t respect that
If I had a child who grew up to be like Sarah Sanders, I’d regard the mockery she endured as very mild punishment. Liars deserve no respect.
James Nelson, Charlotte
Red-light cameras worked in High Point
Charlotte needs red-light cameras! I lived in High Point when that city used the cameras. It felt like driving was more relaxed and safer.
It seems that when I’m on the streets in Charlotte I frequently see drivers run red lights and see collisions at intersections.
I definitely think this would make our streets safer – and it may help insurance rates.
Bill McInnis, Charlotte
Calling for Tester to resign is a stretch
President Trump has called for the resignation of Sen. Jon Tester based on allegations made by him of Dr. Ronny Jackson, Trump’s pick for Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Gee, if all it takes is for allegations to be leveled against politicians in Washington to resign, I guess the swamp would be drained overnight.
Harvey Cohen, Charlotte
My solution for a transgender pronoun
It’s time we started using “they” as a singular pronoun. There, I said it.
Transgender activists have proposed a whole new set of pronouns for non-binary people. They include such concoctions as “co,” “ze,” and the corresponding “coself” and “zirself,” to name a few.
These proposals are being taken seriously in universities across the country, and the grammar police are not having it. Can you really blame them though? These new pronouns are going to be hard to remember and impossible to implement.
I say we come to a compromise. Let’s use “they” as an optional substitute for “he” or “she.” It’s easy and won’t offend or inconvenience anyone, except maybe my third grade English teacher.
Bert McLeod, Monroe
Trosch lived her life in true service
In response to “Aspire to Minette Trosch’s legacy” (May 2 Forum) and related articles:
After 50-plus years of friendship, we have lost a good friend, but Charlotte has lost a true public servant, which seems to be rare in politics these days.
Minette Trosch lived her Christian beliefs in everything she did. Her life was one of service to her family, her friends, her community, and to her city.
Our loss is great, but so is the loss for Charlotte.
Ann and Will Gillon, Concord
We have a treasure in Morganton too
David Yarborough’s “An ode to my paperboy, Alice” (April 29 Opinion) has prompted many Observer subscribers in Morganton to realize what a treasure we have in Sexton Dale, who has been our “paperboy” since 1973 – 45 years, and never failing to deliver on time! Thanks to Sexton from all of us!
Edward Phifer, Morganton