Letters to the Editor

Still too many black men shot by police

Police need cultural sensitivity training

In response to “Officer cleared” (Dec. 1) and related articles:

A majority of those who kill police officers are white. However, officers overreact and kill black men more frequently.

A 2015 Washington Post analysis of police shootings showed that although black men represent 6 percent of the U.S. population, they made up nearly 40 percent of those killed while unarmed.

Police officers need psychiatric testing and cultural sensitivity training.

Marjorie Parker, Charlotte

Puzzled by calls for more transparency

A convicted felon ignores 10 commands from four officers to drop his weapon.

He has a brain injury but isn’t so impaired he couldn’t procure a stolen weapon and marijuana.

District Attorney Andrew Murray, 15 other prosecutors and 63 SBI agents went over the evidence and determined no charges should be filed.

Consequently, Charlotte Uprising, the NAACP and others are calling for more transparency, economic opportunity, social mobility for minorities and a system that works for black people.

What is wrong with this picture?

Sydney A. Odell, Charlotte

Kudos to Murray for revealing details

I want to thank District Attorney Andrew Murray for the precise job he did explaining his decision in the Scott case.

He went beyond the call of duty explaining every aspect of this case in detail.

The whole situation was a tragedy. I just pray that as a community we can move forward and learn lessons about how to better communicate and understand each other.

Mark Estep, Charlotte

Give Trump credit for saving 800+ jobs

In response to “A look behind the scenes at Trump’s deal with Carrier (Dec. 2):

For eight years we have watched thousands of jobs leave the country and President Obama do little to stop it.

Donald Trump campaigned to stop the job flight and is doing just that – before being inaugurated.

Bottom line: 800-plus Indiana families will have a Merry Christmas thanks to Trump. Had Clinton had been elected, they might have had coal in their stockings.

John Petrie, Fort Mill, S.C.

Pence helped Carrier, but not auto industry

Vice President-elect Mike Pence is all in favor of government intervention when intervention benefits his agenda, as is the case with the incentives offered to Carrier to save jobs in his home state of Indiana.

However, he was vehemently opposed to government intervention and did not support the GM/auto industry intervention that actually did save thousands of jobs – including jobs in Indiana.

This partisan, self-serving approach to governing is precisely the reason politicians are so maligned.

Sen. Mitch McConnell set the tone for Congress when, as majority leader, he said his primary objective was to defeat everything President Obama proposed.

Pence, like a good soldier, fell right in line.

Richard Foster, Denver, N.C.

Trump backers like me misrepresented

I am a college educated (masters degree) voter and stay in touch with most of my undergraduate college classmates who live all over the world. Most are strongly for Donald Trump.

I belong to two senior men’s social clubs in my area. The members are mostly retired college-educated professionals and are mix of races and religions.

Although they are supposed to be nonpolitical, it is overtly obvious that Hillary Clinton does not garner much respect from members or their spouses.

In our corner of reality, the only time we hear that Trump is supported by the less educated and less worldly is when we tune into the mainstream media.

What are you trying to do?

David Gerard, Terrell

Teach teens how to analyze information

In response to “Even teens fooled by online ‘news’ ” (Dec. 2):

One of the most useful courses I took in college was a class called “Propaganda Analysis.”

It was required for most students majoring in the humanities.

I can’t remember all of the specifics and methods employed to sway opinion, but the basic message has stuck with me through more than four decades: Until you verify the facts, trust no one.

Maybe it should be a required high school course.

Amy Keith, Charlotte