Rep. Pittenger, here’s what I really hate
In response to “Pittenger says he’s sorry he said the protesters ‘hate white people’ ” (Sept. 23):
U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger says blacks hate whites “because white people are successful and they’re not.”
We don’t hate whites. What we hate is that blacks are being killed, with alarming regularity, by police.
I hate that I have to be afraid of the people being paid to protect me.
I hate that a peaceful protest by concerned citizens gets taken over by criminals. I hate that it makes all black people look bad.
I hate that a congressman who is supposed to represent all the people in my state doesn’t seem to have a clue.
I hate it when he says his comments don’t reflect who he is because I believe that’s exactly who he is.
There are a lot of things I hate, Mr. Pittenger, but white people are not one.
Rudy Abrams, Charlotte
Pittenger should resign immediately
As a white American voter I am compelled to say that Rep. Pittenger’s comments are totally uncalled for.
He should resign immediately.
Does he not know that he represents these people? What has he done to make their lives better or safer?
And he goes on British TV to slam Americans!
What a disgrace.
C.G. Kilburn, Monroe
I don’t want filtered versions of video
CMPD Chief Kerr Putney and Mayor Jennifer Roberts should be applauded for their service.
But their handling of the CMPD video has been awful. Their excuses for withholding are vague and contradictory, particularly as they tout transparency.
They should stop providing their own narrations of what the video shows. The public doesn’t want or need their filter.
Failure to release the video increases distrust of leadership and, most importantly, about what actually happened.
Jake Sussman, Charlotte
Impact of HB2 goes beyond bathrooms
In response to “An HB2 compromise that works for all” (Sept. 22 Opinion):
With his simple solution, op-ed writer David Furman equates HB2 just to privacy in public bathrooms and showers.
If the N.C. General Assembly was interested only in privacy and security issues, it could have passed a bill with a couple of sentences that addressed the Charlotte ordinance.
Instead it chose to pass a comprehensive law that eliminates anti-discrimination protections in the state and prevents cities and counties from setting a local minimum wage.
HB2 is clearly about more than privacy and security in public bathrooms and showers.
Marshall T. Copeland, Charlotte
Addicts need help; N.C. gets in the way
In response to “Opioid and heroin abuse: a growing national epidemic” (Sept. 21 Opinion):
Jill Westmoreland Rose mentions the need to include “addiction and mental health experts” in developing a strategy to fight the opioid and heroin abuse epidemic.
But it will be hard to attract such experts while North Carolina fails to have reciprocal licensing programs with other states.
Last year my daughter, a licensed addictions counselor with a master’s degree in human services, moved from Boston to Charlotte where she learned that her Massachusetts credentials would not be accepted, and that becoming credentialed here would be prohibitively expensive and time-consuming.
We are losing the very professionals who could help.
Mary W. Cox, Charlotte
Give me informative debate, not combat
In the presidential debates these guidelines should be observed:
▪ Each candidate must speak on the issue addressed to him/her.
▪ Each has a specified amount of time to speak.
▪ No interruptions by either candidate.
The purpose is for candidates to state where they stand and why, not to compare their stands.
Moderator, do what you can to make these debates informative, rather than combative.
Ed Wilson, Charlotte
Have we given up on stopping toll lanes?
We seem to have set aside the toll lane fiasco.
I drive down I-77 and see the workers plowing away with no hint of it ever being halted.
So what’s up Gov. McCrory and Raleigh? This state can handle dealing with more than one bad decision at a time.
We do it every day.
Anne Monrad, Mooresville