NCAA is nothing like slavery or prison
In response to “Ex-Duke star's mom compares college system to slavery” (May 8):
While I agree that college athletes in “big business” sports should be compensated, Kylia Carter’s comparison to slavery and prison is hyperbole. The average NBA player salary is $7.1 million. While not all college basketball players make it to the NBA, I’m not aware of freed slaves and ex-cons jumping to that level of income after exiting those systems.
Dale W. Saville, Charlotte
Cultural influence is good for religion
In response to “Pastors losing courage on morality” (May 8 Forum):
Forum writer Ted Hays suggests that 90 percent of North Carolina pastors “don’t have the guts to speak out on the moral issues.” He writes that Franklin Graham is one of the few who do have such courage. I would suggest that most of those pastors Mr. Hays thinks lack moral courage are actually teaching the love and inclusivity Jesus Christ preached.
One need only look back 60 years to a time when pastors often preached that interracial marriage was inconsistent with the Bible, but cultural change influenced the end of this practice in most churches. The end of the Crusades and the Inquisition also were influenced by cultural change.
Surely Mr. Hays does not suggest that cultural change isn’t important in influencing change in moral teachings.
Jack Hankins, Charlotte
Let’s elevate our political discourse
The constant Trump bashing in the Forum is boring and predictable. Perhaps all Observer readers don’t think that President Trump is the devil incarnate.
Everyone knows about Trump’s crude remarks about women. We get it. We despise it. But is it possible to talk about other issues and facts? We know Trump tweets a lot. Could we discuss how Trump’s deregulation has helped small business people, or not? And can we stop with the broad, sweeping statements?
For example, on immigration, most of us want people to come to our country and feel welcome; but can we discuss how it is possible to integrate every single person who wants to come, without restrictions?
Let’s have more discussion of the issues, and less “all the ways I hate President Trump."
Carole G. Bradley,
Public officials should enforce laws
One would surmise that a candidate seeking public office in Charlotte-Mecklenburg should support 287(g), a program that protects citizens by removing those individuals who have broken our laws.
The mere presence of those who enter this country illegally is a crime. Why is this so difficult to understand that our laws are the law? I urge voters to reject those candidates who don’t support 287(g).
Where does cultural appropriation end?
Should we apply the newfangled sin of cultural appropriation across the board? A student in Utah is castigated for wearing an Asian-themed dress to prom. Colleges warned students not to misappropriate culture by celebrating Cinco de Mayo. A burqa as a fashion statement, forget it.
Does it not follow that illegal visitors here in the U.S. should take care not to celebrate the Fourth of July? It’s the most American of holidays. We may welcome them here, now and later, but they are not Americans.
Should I feel violated if a Hispanic, Middle Eastern or Asian person enjoys hot dogs and firecrackers in the midst of red, white and blue banners? I don’t feel violated, but doesn’t this ridiculous, progressive edict demand my disdain?
Michael Matthews, Denver
Take action to protect our birds
This Saturday, as president of the Mecklenburg Audubon Society, I participated in our annual Spring Bird Count. We spent the day counting all the birds we could find to contribute to our understanding of changing bird populations.
The event moved me to speak up for our local birds – including the brown-headed nuthatch and wood thrush – that are threatened by a changing climate. Nationwide, 314 species are on the brink, according to research by the National Audubon Society.
As our lawmakers prepare to return to Raleigh, I urge them to roll out the welcome mat for clean energy and avoid unnecessary burdens like the current moratorium on wind energy projects.
Let’s ensure we keep special places like Latta Park and McAlpine Creek Greenway filled with birdsong.
Jim Guyton, Charlotte