Pittenger misleads about Zika bill
N.C. Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger says in his latest news email, “On Tuesday, Senate Democrats voted for a third time to block $1.1 billion in funding for the fight against Zika.” He neglected to mention that the Republicans included non-related provisions that are clearly controversial (and should be debated).
Congress needs only to pass a “clean” funding bill with no additional provisions attached.
Prove to us that your job in Congress is foremost to protect and serve the people.
Ava Abrams, Charlotte
Trump is right about Putin’s leadership
Donald Trump saying Vladimir Putin, in his country and system, is a great leader acknowledges a reality. That is fact. Saying it also opens up dialogue for negotiations. Leadership is recognizing, not underestimating, your opponent.
Compare this to our current feckless leader calling his most dangerous world opponent a “J.V. team.” And Clinton thinks Obama’s policies are correct. How is that working for you?
Bill Wallace, Charlotte
Don’t wait on ‘foolproof’ ISIS plan
Donald Trump claims that he has a “foolproof” plan that will destroy ISIS very quickly, yet he won’t reveal it until after he is elected and then has waited an additional thirty days to see if our generals have a better plan.
Every day men, women and children are dying at the hands of ISIS (a group of Coptic Christians was recently beheaded). Can it be that Mr. Trump actually has a plan that can save innocent lives, but won’t share it unless we elect him president?
Donald Nelson, Charlotte
NFL fans can make a statement, too
In response to “NFL players show signs of protest and unity during national anthem” (Sept. 11):
If Colin Kaepernik and now others don’t love this country and all that it stands for, then they should denounce their citizenship and go find a country more suited to them. As far as the NFL response, it’s disgraceful. Commissioner Roger Goodell is a powerful man who has issued harsh penalties for ridiculous things like “under-inflated balls.” Yet on this serious issue he has done nothing.
I believe fans should exercise their rights by not attending or viewing any NFL action for one week. Then let’s see who has the power.
Jim Shuback, Charlotte
Trump dishonors women in military
The writer, a Democrat, is District 4 representative on the Mecklenburg Board of Commissioners.
Our older daughter has been serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Services since she graduated from college in 2007. My mother served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Services during WWII.
I am appalled that the Republican Party’s nominee for president, Donald Trump, would imply that women serving in the military, who are the primary victims of sexual assaults, are to blame for the problem. He dishonors the service to their country of our daughter, my mother and the thousands of other highly capable and dedicated women who have served and are now serving.
Dumont Clarke, Charlotte
I’m glad Johnson didn’t know Aleppo
In response to “Libertarian Johnson takes heat for ‘What is Aleppo?’ blunder” (Sept. 8):
This Libertarian is actually ecstatic that Gary Johnson didn’t know about Aleppo. When he’s president, I also want him to forget about Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and all the other countries where we are fighting meaningless, undeclared wars. Let the locals fight it out among themselves.
Perhaps if our current leaders knew more about Detroit than they did about Aleppo, the United States would be better off.
Bill Reeside, Fort Mill
What I will always take from 9/11
On September 11, 2001, I boarded a plane in Washington, D.C., at 8 a.m. bound for Westchester, NY. When I landed at 9:30, the airport was being evacuated. The World Trade Center towers had been attacked.
I have carried that boarding pass in my wallet every day since. Though the print is faded, I know the significance of this piece of paper. Whenever I am having a “bad” day, I simply look at that boarding pass and remind myself that there are 3,000 souls that would love to have the lousy day I am having.
I am grateful for today. I am grateful for every day.
David Brenner, Charlotte