Here’s what I want from you, Mr. Trump
Miraculously, Donald Trump may have pulled off one of the greatest political upsets since Harry Truman in 1948.
It would be an even greater miracle, and much more needed, if he changed his persona from a thin-skinned, xenophobic misogynist and started saying and doing constructive things for all Americans.
By that I mean improve our economy, secure our borders without heartlessly sending home hard-working Latinos, then improve our infrastructure while making America a safer place for all of us – that means people of every race, color and religion.
That’s why I voted for you Mr. Trump! Your supporters and non-supporters would hate to be disregarded.
Barry Marshall, Charlotte
Not a Clinton fan, but I feel her pain
I am certainly no fan of Hillary, but I find myself feeling her pain a bit.
Having wanted to win the presidency for so long and having worked so hard and endured so much in terms of personal attacks, both deserved and undeserved, the raw agony of seeing it all fall apart just as she was about to step over the finish line had to be so crushing.
In such a brief period of time, she went from coronation to humiliation, and I went from despising her to feeling bad for her.
Brad Frazier, Iron Station
Trump won, stop stirring up dissent
If Hillary Clinton had won and people were protesting the election results, I am confident the Observer would tell the dissenters to “get over it, she was elected.”
But Donald Trump has won and the Observer continues to stir up as much agitation and dissent as it can.
I encourage you to do what your heroes President Obama and Hillary Clinton have both said: Give the guy a chance to lead.
John Williams, Stallings
Teens have good reason to protest
For many years high school students lived with the fear that they would be scooped up to go fight and die on the other side of the world as soon as they turned 18.
These kids had absolutely no say in elections that really mattered in their lives.
Do not say high school students today have no right to protest. This travesty does in fact impact their lives.
Bill Barr, Charlotte
Don’t encourage anti-Trump protests
What were you thinking when you published what amounts to an advertisement for a “Protest of Trump’s election planned for Saturday”? (Nov. 16)
It contains a blueprint for how to act out, along with where and when.
Just what Charlotte and our downtown businesses need – another protest.
I understand reporting the news but taking a hand in making it? Unbelievable!
Dennis Gosney, Waxhaw
Makes no sense to fine Pineville VFD
In response to “Pineville VFD fined $6,100 in firefighter death” (Nov. 17):
What good does it do for a government agency to flex its muscles and fine the Pineville VFD $6,100?
Pineville VFD is a group of volunteers giving their time and energy to protect their community. I’m sure the organization is already financially strapped and the loss of a fellow volunteer, Richard Sheltra, sets them back even more.
Think of how much good that money could do for this organization.
Marshall Gross, Charlotte
Visions of crumbling Soviet architecture
In recent years I have visited Russia and other Soviet satellite countries. It was depressing to see the bland, hastily built apartment blocks constructed by the Communists not too long ago.
They are ugly and literally crumbling today.
When I visit center city Charlotte now those images come to mind.
I guarantee the ugly rental buildings/boxes proliferating in our city will be flipped to Wall Street funds, owners with zero stake in our city, and will be left to deteriorate.
Elected leaders need to stop these eyesores and set higher standards.
Big is OK, ugly is not.
John Walsh, Charlotte
We need more laws limiting junk food
I see another doughnut shop is opening in Ballantyne. Good grief Charlotte, are we not fat enough already?
With health care costs out of control, shouldn’t these places be regulated for our own good? We have restrictions on the lottery, alcohol, tobacco, etc. Let’s make junk food illegal between the ages of 20-60.
Steve Lamb, Charlotte