Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

We must change how police are trained, where they are assigned

America has not become the melting pot Dr. Martin Luther King envisioned. We are a nation of separate societies.

Yet we continue to place white police officers in black communities. Society teaches them that black men are dangerous, then gives them a gun and says “go forth and protect and serve.”

The results will be the same until America, as a nation, agrees to take a long, hard look at police training, psychological testing for officers and where they are assigned.

Stop assigning rookies from the suburbs to urban inner cities and expecting things to work out. It’s destined to end badly.

Zachary Steele


Michael Brown’s case in Ferguson

is the wrong one to rally around

While some police officers have crossed the line and acted hastily and without forethought resulting in tragedy, the great majority of times officers have acted bravely and honorably.

To protest and chant “hands up, don’t shoot” across the country is to give credence to the criminal element who would like nothing more than for police to hesitate while they loot, burn, steal and harm innocent citizens.

There are better cases to rally around than the one in Ferguson, Mo., where enough evidence exists that a crime had been committed and resistance was significant when Officer Darren Wilson attempted to arrest Michael Brown.

James Hill


In response to “City OKs $16M for Bojangles’ Coliseum” (Dec. 9):

While you’re at it, how about renovating some public tennis courts?

After reading about the $16 million the city will spend on Bojangles’ Coliseum renovations, I thought I might appeal to them to hold out a small amount to resurface public tennis courts.

When I moved to Charlotte in 1968 I played on public high school courts, but those courts have been locked to the public for some time.

I support our sports teams, but think a little more money should go more directly to taxpayers through parks and recreation.

Don’t take my word for it, visit the back courts at Freedom Park. If no one was playing, you’d think they were closed for repairs. World class? Hardly!

Jack Clark


In response to “Charlotte is No. 2 in big-city growth” (Dec. 6):

Improve roads, schools, mass transit in high-growth areas or face demise

Hooray! Charlotte has grown 40 percent since 2000!

Oops, infrastructure, including roads and schools, lags far behind that growth, especially north and south of the city.

Charlotte’s lack of adequate roads, schools and mass transportation to and from these high-growth areas will ultimately result in the decay of center city.

Uptown’s demise will accelerate when the tax base in Ballantyne finally reacts to the sucking sound of tax dollars leaving and citizens decide to secede from tax-and spend-somewhere-else Charlotte.

Roy Brown


In response to “Your view on abortion shouldn’t supersede mine” (Dec. 12 Forum):

You may see your stand as pro-choice, but I see it as pro-death or anti-life

While I agree with Forum writer Linda J. Brooks’ point, I think it is way past time to tell it like it really is relative to abortion on demand.

If my opinion is pro-life, why is your opposing opinion referred to as pro-choice? Shouldn’t it correctly be referred to as either pro-death or anti-life? After all, we really are talking about a life.

Let’s not only agree to have different opinions where abortion is concerned, let’s also agree to not use euphemisms when we describe our respective opinions.

Rick Mendoza


In response to “Vote for substance, not style, in picking next president” (Dec. 9 Forum):

I’ll take Hillary Clinton’s principles over Romney’s or Cruz’s any day

Forum writer Elton Shoemaker wants as president “... a decent individual with principles who is not so wrapped up in his own ideology that he cannot see the forest for the trees.”

He must be joking when he suggests Mitt Romney and Ted Cruz.

Romney invented Romneycare while serving as a moderate governor. It became the blueprint for Obamacare. Later, he ran for president as a hard-right conservative. One has to wonder, what exactly are his principles?

Cruz clearly has principles – he would rather shut down the government than provide health insurance to working folks under Obamacare!

Hillary Clinton not only supports Obamacare, but introduced “Hillarycare” back in 1994. She fits Mr. Shoemaker’s prescription for decency and principles much better than Romney and Cruz.

Wesley McLeod