Voters’ voices don’t matter to legislature
In response to “N.C. governor’s race still appears far from over” (Nov. 22):
We may have thought N.C.’s Republican legislative leadership had already done its worst. But Speaker Tim Moore’s non-answer answers to clear questions about expanding our state Supreme Court and intervening in an orderly certification of our votes for governor point to the depths they will plunge to contravene the voters’ voice.
What a sad admission of irrelevance to good governance and what cruel indifference to their fellow citizens’ aspirations.
David A. Lewis, Charlotte
Can’t pin all the blame on CMPD
In response to “Activists: Why not review Scott shooting?” (Nov. 22):
While it may be fair to say police did not know Keith Scott’s mental capacity, they also could not determine his intent when they confronted him.
We should expect the police to be well trained and prepared in how they respond to a threat.
Conversely, police should expect citizens to understand what poses a threat, like brandishing a firearm or failure to comply with their directions by not offering the universal sign of surrender of hands in the air.
Rick Shaffer, Charlotte
Put focus on walking in River District
In response to “Big new development approved west of airport” (Nov. 22):
Eight million square feet of office space, 500,000 square feet of shops/restaurants, 4,800 new residences, two schools, and – 2 miles of greenway.
Aww, how cute. That’s about 2 feet of greenway per home.
No surprise that there are concerns about additional traffic.
Two ideas to avoid mistakes made elsewhere in Charlotte:
▪ Seriously plan connectivity with non-car-centric options.
▪ Try successful Swiss examples of limiting parking and make existing streets so desirable to walk and bike that an expensive but short greenway will be an afterthought.
Karin Lukas-Cox, Charlotte
Media should call the alt-right what it is
The term “alt-right” has been used to describe the movement that put Donald Trump in the White House.
The term “white nationalist” has also been thrown around, but even that doesn’t truly describe the movement. These people are white supremacists, plain and simple, and the media should refer to them as such.
The fact that this has been tip-toed around is one of the reasons they were able to gain the momentum they have.
It has almost become cliche when a new leader comes to power that some opponents will make “Nazi” or “Hitler” references, but never has the comparison been more accurate in American politics.
Sam Killian, Charlotte
‘Hamilton’ cast wrong to speak out
In response to “ ’Hamilton’ ad libs for Pence; Trump fires back a tweet” (Nov. 20):
It’s amazing how the liberals continue slamming Donald Trump and Mike Pence.
The “Hamilton” cast and producers should be fired. The show should be shut down. After all, they are there to perform for the public and not politicize.
It all comes down to the fact that liberals cannot accept defeat and do not want unity to prevail.
To make America great again, everyone needs to support our new president regardless of their feelings and hope that he succeeds.
Jerry L. Wallace, Charlotte
Trump should be first to apologize
If Donald Trump wants the cast of “Hamilton” to apologize, he needs to do some apologizing of his own.
Start with Sen. John McCain, Judge Gonzalo Curiel, Megyn Kelly, and reporter Serge Kovaleski.
Don’t forget the Khan family and the approximately 16 women who have accused Trump of groping or sexually assaulting them.
Looking to the future, let’s hope Trump doesn’t have to apologize to any leaders on the world stage – a stage more dangerous than the one on Broadway.
Harvey Cohen, Charlotte
N.C. headed down a dysfunctional path
As a former N.C. resident, I have to wonder why North Carolina is going backwards?
It can’t get an acceptable voter ID law in place. It can’t get the HB2 law right, and it especially can’t get the 2016 governor’s election right.
While North Carolina used to be a popular and progressive state, its present leadership seems to be on a dysfunctional path.
Paul Korry, Fort Mill, S.C.