Letters to the Editor

City’s doublespeak on affordable housing fuels racial divide

Priscilla Johnson
Priscilla Johnson

End doublespeak on affordable housing

What a disappointment after reading “Millions for developer, but no affordable housing” (Oct. 26).

Again our elected officials have placed affordable housing on the back burner.

Are city officials guilty of double-talk, one for developers, one for citizens?

Citizens deserve better than this.

We need consistency and commitments honored, especially after the debacle that followed Keith Lamont Scott’s killing. Otherwise, mistrust will erode further.

The question for Charlotte City Council: Can Charlotte tolerate a city divided by race or social economics?

Priscilla Johnson, Charlotte

Email quest aims to destroy McCrory

In response to “Observer seeks hearing on public records lawsuit against McCrory” (Oct. 28):

Just wondering what it is the Observer is looking for in the remaining emails regarding HB2, if not to ensure Gov. Pat McCrory’s loss on Nov. 8.

What more could possibly be revealed?

Your daily attempts to destroy him are having the reverse effect!

Marcia Levas, Huntersville

How we care for the weakest matters

In response to “Poor die without N.C. Medicaid expansion” (Oct. 28 Opinion):

Kudos for Gene Nichol’s piece on lack of Medicaid expansion.

If not for the Affordable Care Act, I would be one of those dead people.

It should be noted that the death rate for not being able to afford health care in smarter countries with appropriate health care systems is zero.

It is truly the most “shocking and inhumane” injustice. Our society will be judged on how we care for our weakest members.

How do my fellow citizens avoid running into light poles with their heads hung so low in shame?

Robert Stanley, Lenoir

Keep Congress in mind when you vote

Voters, like what Congress is doing? Vote the incumbents back in. We’ll get more of the same.

Don’t like what Congress is doing? You know what to do.

Nancy Ballenger, Matthews

Racism: Now I see what mom meant

In response to “After encounter with racist, where do I begin?” (Oct. 21 Opinion):

Reading Steve Crump’s Opinion piece reminded me of what my mother said when I wanted something we could not afford: “Just be thankful the color or your skin is not the same as your last name.”

I was never raised a racist and I am not one now, but not much has changed in the South since the civil rights law.

North Carolina is one of the most racist states in the South; it’s just better hidden now.

On any given day I am received better in my jeans and T-shirt than a black man in a suit.

I know what my mother meant now.

Rodney Black, Crouse

Pick up your trash; cover your pick-ups

In response to “I pick up 1,100 lbs. of litter a year, just on my short daily walks” (Oct. 28 Opinion):

Growing up in Charlotte I noticed the litter, but not nearly to the extent of today’s mess.

Everyone needs to show some pride and keep your waste in hand until you get to a trash/recycle receptacle.

And the overwhelming amount of trash on our freeways and highways?

The majority is caused by open vehicle beds without full covers.

Note all the construction material on the roadways blown out of the open truck beds.

Barry Hunt, Charlotte

City’s litter problem has ballooned

Bravo, Dave Bradley.

When I moved to Charlotte in 1971 it was a very clean city.

Now, the amount of litter on the streets is disgusting.

I picked up trash Thursday just on the street around my fenced corner lot and quickly filled a plastic bag – not counting the wooden cane and empty plastic bucket under the shrubbery.


Linda J. Brooks, Charlotte

Pedestrians aren’t only ones in danger

In response to “Pedestrians risk their lives in Charlotte” (Oct. 28 Forum):

It’s not just pedestrians. Actually, most of us who habitually obey the traffic regulations are also at risk. Law enforcement ignores speeding and racing, relying on traffic signals to moderate the speed of traffic. But nobody enforces the traffic signals either, leaving us law-abiding citizens to deal with the dangers posed by those who speed, race and run red lights with impunity. Local law enforcement, please take back our streets!

Tom Massey, Waxhaw