Make America great, but include the poor
So now the Republicans are in charge. They claim to want to make America great again. If that happens, we can rejoice.
If, however, this “greatness” comes at the expense of the poor, and the refugees, and the sick, payment will be required.
The young, our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will have to pay for our greed. Some day, payment must be made.
Al Krantz, Charlotte
Observe, scold, but give Trump time
It is heart-wrenching to think of our president-elect and how overwhelmed he will feel a few weeks in, as they all do.
He will want to avoid wresting away George W. Bush’s title as one of history’s worst presidents. And, he’ll want to recall the Supreme Court justice nominees who deviated from predicted paths and championed women’s rights or labor causes.
Mr. Trump may surprise us. Past “wave” elections have ushered in long-term public benefits.
Let’s observe, correct, scold, but also give him time.
Steve Craig, Charlotte
Transition team stumbles worry me
In response to “Trump says transition's 'going so smoothly' ” (Nov. 17):
Hiring 4,000 qualified people and steering 1,200 through confirmation is no easy task, but the Trump transition team’s stumbles bode ill for the nation.
Trump has touted his brain, business skills and his people, while criticizing our government as “stupid.”
I never agreed and the unfolding ineptitude seems like a bad reality TV show, not a professionally run organization.
Nepotism and unqualified loyalist picks for important posts trivialize government, the nation, and the Trump presidency.
Chip Potts, Mooresville
Protesters, your timing is all wrong
Patriotism aside, the protests across the nation may be premature.
The election is done, irreversible.
Protesters should be focused on Jan. 20 when a new president in office will give them a long list of specific actions and issues to protest.
But by then they may be old news, just fuming at a public fed up with them.
John V. Doyle, Matthews
Fact is, race, gender still used to exclude
In response to “I want a respected female president” (Nov. 17 Forum):
I also have preached to my daughter and my granddaughters that they must “earn what they want in life, not to expect to get jobs because of their race or gender.”
Unfortunately, in our country today one can be penalized from getting what they want because of their gender or race.
No matter how worthy, no matter how respected, for a female the glass ceiling still exists – and not just for the highest position in our country.
Jim Simmons, Charlotte
Electoral College has no equal; keep it
In response to “Electoral College is a relic; eliminate it” (Nov. 16 Forum):
Eliminate the Electoral College? What nonsense.
The genius of our Founding Fathers mandated that a quest for U.S. president include making your case to every voter and every state, and not just a handful of heavily populated states.
The fairness factored into our current system has worked for over 200 years, and using the Electoral College to elect our president has no equal anywhere in the world.
Hughie Sexton, Weddington
Ryan’s Medicare plan has familiar ring to it
Paul Ryan’s plan for Medicare: mandatory coverage, private insurance companies, premium subsidies.
E.T. Shafer, Charlotte
Women won’t tolerate demeaning remarks
Women won’t tolerate demeaning remarks
In response to “ ‘Women’s March’ plans for big crowds” (Nov.15):
The Women’s March on Washington will take place Jan. 21. It is an organized protest against Donald Trump’s insulting remarks against women, as well as minorities.
People of all nationalities, religions, race and gender will march together.
Women and minorities will not surrender to a president-elect who demeans them. Donald Trump has no idea as to what it is to be on each of their paths in life, as each strive for equality and nondiscrimination.
Lorraine Stark, Matthews