Rep. Samuelson all wrong about Brawley
In response to “Mooresville former rep goes after McCrory” (Dec. 10):
It’s ludicrous to assert, as former Rep. Ruth Samuelson has, that gubernatorial candidate Robert Brawley does not support conservative principles.
According to the liberal advocacy group Democracy NC, in 2013 then-Rep. Brawley had a perfect conservative score – voting 100 percent against the group’s top 20 list of legislation, crucial to its progressive agenda.
Indeed, Brawley’s record was identical to that of his House colleagues, Dana Bumgardner and Jacqueline Schaffer, hardly office holders anyone would accused of not being conservative enough.
Maybe Brawley’s candidacy – and his willingness to criticize the GOP establishment – offers Republicans a chance for self-examination to steer the party toward relevance.
Douglas A. Johnston, Raleigh
I see bias in hiring of mayor’s new aides
In response to “2 female mayoral aides being pushed aside” (Dec. 11):
The selection and hiring process of these two mayoral aides reeks of bias.
The city manager needs to be more transparent in how hiring decisions were made and how the new mayor’s “suggested” candidates were better qualified than other candidates.
This type of behavior is outrageous and an insult to the Charlotte community.
Janus Maytaag, Charlotte
Happy to see end of No Child Left Behind
In response to “Senate passes education bill” (Dec. 10):
The writer is a Randolph Middle School sixth grader.
Thank you President Obama. The Every Student Succeeds Act is a gift from heaven.
No Child Left Behind creates problems for struggling students and leaves academically advanced students staring at a wall for seven hours a day.
Teachers need to be able to conform the curriculum to their students’ needs.
No Child Left Behind has been getting us virtually nowhere. Obama’s campaign was about progress. This is a huge step towards it.
Max Nemecek, Charlotte
Inclusive arts programs will thrive
In response to “ ‘Magic of Christmas’ often provides what title promises” (Dec. 5):
Charlotte’s classical arts groups should be admonished by art critics for presenting traditional Christmas programs which seem insufficiently inclusive.
Yet, some forward-thinking arts organizations that seek continued relevance are struggling to survive.
A good solution is to build new audiences. Commit to connecting with the mosaic of new families, friends and communities that are Charlotte today.
A great Christmas gift for all will be arts organizations that offer contemporary and traditional programs that acknowledge and honor the contributions of many.
Christy Kluesner, Charlotte
I’ll stick with Happy Holidays, here’s why
In response to “Enough with the PC holiday greetings” (Dec. 11 Forum):
I agree with Forum writer Morgan Whitley in one respect. Let’s not be offended no matter which “Happy” or “Merry” greeting is used – that includes “Happy Holidays.”
When I say Happy Holidays, it is not to be PC; it is to be efficient. It is a greeting that includes Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, and others that are all celebrated during this time.
Happy Holidays is no more politically correct than Season’s Greetings, which was around long before the phrase “politically correct” was coined.
R. Charles Hudson, Charlotte
For this Republican, Trump rhetoric fails
As a 20 year Navy veteran and staunch Republican, I’ve fought in multiple conflicts around the world to protect our way of life.
That way of life includes treating all law-abiding citizens with the dignity and respect outlined in the Constitution.
Closing our borders to Muslim immigrants is in direct conflict with the frameworks of how this country was founded.
Looking at how Donald Trump operates, I can see his running mate being someone like Howard Stern – two shock jocks who make statements simply to get more press.
Unfortunately, there are way too many people buying into the rhetoric.
Charles Heiser, Concord
Targeting a specific group never works
In the 1960s several of us wanted to go to Mexico to fish. We could not get in because we all had long hair and were in a van.
The next week an acquaintance cut his hair, put on a suit, and went down to buy drugs. He got in and came back with drugs.
Point being, targeted groups will change to a more acceptable image.
Terrorists are going to try to look like something that they are not, making it easy to get into the country.
Bill Pitkin, Mooresville