Teach how to confront racism
How about training police on how to interrupt racism in action so that they are comfortable speaking up when other officers are perpetrating the problem?
I’m confident it can be done in a non-confrontational, non-judgmental way.
Most of us just don’t have the knowledge, the right words, or the courage to do this, but we can learn.
Teach how to interrupt racism in action in citizenship classes for adults. Add it to school curricula.
Companies can add this training for staff. Nonprofits can make it a goal.
It’s never too late to change the way in which we see others.
Janet Lama, Charlotte
Reforms in police training needed
We are beyond being shocked when we read about black men shot to death while in police custody or the deadly retaliation that follows.
The truly shocking part about these tragedies is that nothing will change and we accept the violence that surrounds us.
Shouldn’t the police be held to a higher standard?
Until there are basic reforms in the training of police officers this violence will continue.
The police cannot expect to be respected by citizens until they show respect for all citizens.
Stephen Holcomb, Charlotte
Recent comments have given me hope
Many of the recent letters to the editor have given me a feeling I have been lacking for some time – hope.
At least three letters that were clearly written by white men expressed a true understanding of and deep respect for their fellow black human beings.
I thought this would be impossible to find in the South. I am happy to see that I was very wrong.
Dierdre McCormick, Cornelius
Comey’s decision on Clinton failed U.S.
FBI Director James Comey’s failure to uphold the laws of our country is an overt example of political corruption, a selective system of justice, and a threat to our democracy.
To think that at best we have a presidential candidate who admittedly is incompetent and at worst a proven perjurer, is a sad statement on the state of America.
Phillip Greene, Charlotte
Bigger issues at stake than Clinton’s emails
While millions of Americans are in the streets affirming their dignity, their lives, their children’s lives, outraged at the fact that they are still the target of institutionalized and individual racism, our esteemed Republican Congress holds partisan hearings, determined to play gotcha with Hillary Clinton.
Many more millions of us, determined to act on the highest of American ideals, will be thinking of their shameful, neglectful actions as we enter the voting booth in November.
Jackie Fishman, Charlotte
Abortion of unviable fetus is not ‘murder’
In response to “Abortion is my business too” (July 12 Forum):
Abortion is not an easy choice and is not something any woman happily does. Forum writer Sheryl Chandler’s accusations of “murder” and “slaughter” do nothing but make it a more dangerous, painstaking decision.
It’s offensive, not heartening, that you think an unviable fetus, which would not survive outside the womb, has more rights than me, a grown woman.
If you’re this angry about the “murder” of a fetus and consider yourself Pro-Life, I hope you’re also furious about Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Mary Summers Rogers, Charlotte
More power outages than any city I know
Before moving to Charlotte more than 20 years ago, I lived in major cities on the West Coast, Rocky Mountains, Great Lakes region, and Middle East.
In those 31 years, in all those places put together, I never experienced as many power outages as we experience in any given year in Charlotte.
So the question is: What is the matter with the way Duke Energy, our publicly regulated electrical power monopoly, manages its infrastructure?
Gregory Starrett, Charlotte
Now, work on those baggage wait times
Congratulations for getting TSA waits in Charlotte down to a reasonable time frame.
Now, how about addressing the baggage issue?
Waiting for checked luggage is usually a lot longer than going through security. That’s not a great first impression for Charlotte visitors or for local citizens.
Richard Snyder, Concord