Are we overreacting to tragedy?
In response to “Rafting restart stirs unease over safety” (Aug. 28):
The Fred Clasen-Kelly article on the Whitewater Center indicates that state and county lawmakers and officials are concerned. It seems they wanted to make some new regulations to prevent another tragic experience like the recent death of the 18-year-old girl from Ohio.
This was one tragic event at the Whitewater Center caused by an amoeba that is found in open water natural lakes and ponds. In all of the years this Whitewater Center has been open, only one incident has been reported.
Isn't this reaction a little off-base? We cannot legislate a world free from accident and death risk.
Richard Lynch, Charlotte
Richard Burr is hardly cashing in
In response to “Fact-Checking Challenger Ross’ Television Ad on Incumbent Burr” (Aug. 28):
With all due respect to Ms. Ross and the Observer, her false ad about Senator Burr’s financial record is nowhere close to “Half True.” Burr has served 10 years in the House and now his first 12 in the Senate without ever cashing in, as Ross claims.
For 22 years, Burr has been a stalwart, honest, and fair public servant when he could have returned to the private sector and made far more money at any time. To be sure, many folks would like to earn the $174,000 a year in salary a United States senator earns, but Burr’s talents, experience, and contacts would have been worth far more in the worlds of lobbying, consulting, and private business if Burr really ever wanted to “cash in.”
Julian Wright, Charlotte
Congrats, lawmakers, on another fail
In response to “HB2 blocked in part by U.S. judge before trial” (Aug. 27):
Hey, North Carolina Legislature! You’ve really had a bad summer. First the federal courts decide that your voting laws are discriminatory. Then they decide your congressional districts are based on race. Now a federal judge has ruled that key parts of HB 2 can’t be enforced and that the legal challenges to the law are likely to succeed. Congratulations: you’re three out of three!
Don’t you get the message – you can’t pass laws that discriminate against people? And no, it’s not “judicial overreach” when a federal court or judge tells you that you can’t. Why don’t you do something constructive for a change, like fully funding schools or getting serious about the environment? Then we’d have a Legislature we could respect and be proud of.
John Cox, Charlotte
Clinton judgment maybe not so bad
Those saying that Mrs. Clinton showed very poor judgment with her e-mails cannot be more wrong. She has showed brilliant judgment. To know exactly where the line is, take things exactly to the line, and get away with it indicates superlative judgment and timing.
Joe F. Myers, Charlotte
Column lies about Clinton Foundation
In response to “Our low standards give Clinton a pass” (Aug. 27):
This is what is so disturbing about our political debate, when a well-known columnist like Charles Krauthammer can so blatantly lie. He describes The Clinton Foundation as “a massive family enterprise disguised as a charity, an opaque and elaborate mechanism for sucking money from the rich and the tyrannous to be channeled to Clinton Inc.”
Independent, non-partisan charity raters give the Foundation either a gold or platinum star, the highest ratings possible, with 88 percent of money raised going directly to help millions of children and adults all over the world, including here in the United States. The Clintons have not received one red cent from the Foundation. The charity raters compare the Clinton Foundation to others with high ratings, like Doctors Without Borders.
Diana Travis, Charlotte
Kaepernick a disgrace for sitting
I am shocked at the number of journalists that have defended Colin Kaepernick's disgraceful behavior during the National Anthem. I am more shocked that the 49ers and the NFL just dismissed it.
Hundreds of thousands of American soldiers have died and been wounded defending that flag. If I had been sitting next to Kaepernick that day, I would have introduced myself as a Vietnam veteran, then offered to kick his butt.
Ken Randall, Matthews