Trump must hold police accountable
In response to “Trump: ‘I regret’ some words on campaign trail” (Aug. 19):
Trump talks about community violence regarding police behavior, but fails to acknowledge bad police behavior that has been highlighted in Chicago, Baltimore and Ferguson.
Everywhere there has been a DOJ investigation, dramatic change in police behavior has been ordered.
Trump’s response is not to hold police forces accountable, but to continue – and likely increase – the failure to protect and represent all people.
I understand what it means to be on a team and support one another, but until the good cops are ready to denounce their bad cops, community trust is impossible.
Ken Currence, Charlotte
With no good choices, pray for change
With no good choices, pray for change
This election we are faced with two unfavorable candidates.
Our country is awash in debt, under-employed, amid a selfie culture, and in the shadow of anarchy.
Our only hope is to pray, meditate, whatever is your mode of reaching for help, for a change in the heart of our candidates.
If they know the citizens expect and demand a leadership that is not serving ego, fortune or legacy, but a government dedicated to long-range care of its people, maybe they will change.
Could North Carolina lead this movement? Let’s try!
Ellen Eller, Davidson
Trump taking party down a black hole
Donald Trump hired Stephen Bannon of Breitbart News as his campaign chief.
Bannon is described by the New York Times as “a purveyor of scorched-earth right-wing media.”
Bannon will likely intensify the insults, hate, fear and bigotry, along with conspiracy theories and attacks on the main-stream media.
Trump is defying Republican leaders and taking his party down a political black hole.
Joseph J. Salerno, Charlotte
Many problems, one solution: term limits
The reason that we have Donald Trump as a presidential candidate is simple and clear: Millions of Americans are fed up with the do-nothing Congress, entrenched senators and congressmen/women, our costly and never-ending global overreach, and the dearth of new ideas and approaches to our myriad of domestic problems.
One simple answer, one stone to kill many “problem birds”: Congressional term limits!
Tim Johanson, Charlotte
Keep Marshall Park an uptown treasure
In response to “After Marshall Park, will new plan have enough park space?” (Aug. 14):
Does anyone remember the proposal set forth about 15 years ago to create a small amusement area within Marshall Park – paddleboats, a carousel, small Ferris wheel and concession stands?
This would be ideal. The infrastructure is already in place to breathe life back into this uptown oasis.
I’m not opposed to the development of the surrounding land, but let’s keep Marshall Park and create something that few uptown areas have.
Some things are more important than the almighty dollar.
Ken Rutherford, Charlotte
OK to disagree, but show some respect
In response to Rev. Dr. Nancy Allison “A teacher’s supposed ‘agenda’ in helping transgender student” (Aug. 19 Opinion):
It is refreshing to see a minister standing up for this teacher and student, and deeply dismaying that some folks will not hesitate to throw verbal stones at those they do not know and apparently refuse to understand.
If all you have are opinions and prejudices, please refrain from attacking those you judge to be somehow unworthy of your respect.
You don’t have to admire them, just refrain from attacking.
Janet Taylor, Lincolnton
Solitary is necessary for some inmates
In response to “Outraged by the use of solitary in N.C.” (Aug. 11 Forum):
The writer spent 36 years as a psychologist and mental health manager for the N.C. Division of Prisons.
Most in the general public do not understand the reality of a need for segregation to protect inmates from harming themselves and others.
Inmates such as the one described in a recent Observer article present a challenge to prison staff due to their personality deficits and impulsive, manipulative behavior. Placing them in segregation sometimes does not even stop their disruptive behavior.
N.C. prison mental health staff are to be commended for their work with these difficult to manage inmates.
Drew Nivens, Kannapolis