Clinton’s conflicts of interest piling up
Again, Hillary Clinton’s emails have engulfed her in scandal.
From finding jobs for Clinton Foundation associates and setting up meetings with foundation donors and diplomats, her State Department developed a textbook pay-to-play structure.
The conflicts of interest surrounding the foundation are ghastly.
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Can we expect the same conflicts of interest should she become president?
Linda Jones, Charlotte
Trump is the ‘PC’ obsessed candidate
Many right-wing, constitution-loving Trump enthusiasts want an end to political correctness.
Political correctness is not a defense of liberal politics, but rather a defense of one’s own politics.
Trump has repeatedly filed lawsuits against journalists and comedians for making fun of him.
He vows to open up libel laws to further silence hostile voices. He often revokes the press credentials of opposed media.
While not necessarily constitutionally correct, these actions seem to show an obsession with political correctness.
Donald Trump is the “PC” candidate.
Jake Sheridan, Charlotte
Black voters should reconsider Trump
Trump can and should be able to make inroads with black voters.
The Democratic party has completely failed the black community as evidenced by every economic and academic yardstick, despite lemming-like support for Democrats.
A president with Trump’s business acumen should put policies in place that will lift all Americans out of this abysmal mess we’re in.
As Mr. Trump has said, what have you got to lose?
Robert Cassell Jr., Charlotte
Yes celebrate, but please don’t agitate
In response to “Why there’s no Heterosexual White Guy Pride Festival” (Aug. 24 Opinion):
I agree that minority groups’ success in overcoming discrimination and achieving equality deserve celebration, not criticism.
However, leaders risk criticism if their causes lower educational or cultural standards, promote a sense of victimization, or attempt to establish a “new normal” agenda that flouts traditional values.
Phil Clutts, Harrisburg
McCrory can’t tolerate criticism
I’m concerned about Gov. Pat McCrory’s respect for the First Amendment.
Political speech is at the core of the Amendment.
The governor often uses social media to defend controversial laws and to complain about the “liberal media.”
But he cannot tolerate criticism. A polite but negative comment is deleted.
Worse, a few negative comments result in a blocked account.
The governor, a public official, should not censor comments based on their content.
Robert Lehouck, Greensboro
EpiPen issue isn’t corporate greed
It is ironic that so many, including some in the Observer, are pointing the finger at “greedy” capitalists for the spike in the price of the EpiPen and calling for the government to step in.
It is the government, via the FDA, which has allowed the long-term monopolies on this and other drugs to exist.
But for the FDA shielding drug companies from competition, American consumers would surely have other choices and far lower prices.
The reason Americans pay much more for drugs than the rest of the world is cronyism and over-regulation, not capitalism.
Ed Marentette, Longboat Key, Fla.
Lobbyist dollars impact EpiPen price
Government regulations are exactly what gives EpiPen maker Mylan and other drug companies a product monopoly which allows the pervasive price gouging.
Regulation isn’t the problem.
Regulation by lobbyist dollars is the problem.
L.C. Coonse, Granite Falls
A restroom, a toddler, and a good laugh
A restroom, a toddler, and a good laugh
The writer is a librarian at ImaginOn.
Usually being approached by a stranger in a public restroom doesn’t warrant a letter to the editor, but last week at work while I was washing my hands, a toddler walked up and (1.) asked me if I had just used the potty, then (2.) asked if I really did it all by myself, and (3.) when I said yes, she applauded and cheered like I had won tickets to the Super Bowl.
I’m kind of embarrassed at how good the affirmation felt. I might start standing in public restrooms and applauding strangers just to, you know, pay it forward.
Becca Worthington, Charlotte