Struggling economy got Trump elected
In response to “No stimulus now” (Dec. 6):
The Washington Post editorial in today's Observer attempts to set a high bar for the incoming administration by falsely claiming that the U.S. economy is on the up and up.
The current calculation of unemployment at 4.6 percent ignores the fact that we have the lowest labor participation rate since 1978. Home ownership is at the lowest level since 1967. More than 41 million Americans are on food stamps. The GDP has been mostly stagnant during the Obama administration, limping along at an anemic average annual rate of 1.6 percent.
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If the economy was so great, Trump never would have been elected.
George Schwab, Charlotte
Sure, take credit for that Trump vote
In response to “Trump backers like me misrepresented” (Dec. 4 Forum):
Yes, David Gerard, you are right to take the mainstream media to task for not including your demographic in the unholy alliance that voted for Donald Trump. Although the less-educated and ill-informed were generally counted in Trump’s corner, few imagined that a group of (mostly) elderly men and their spouses, self-identified as educated and worldly, would support a man so stunningly unfit for office.
Our mistake was to assume that your education would be of better service in helping you make such a critical decision. So let’s give your group all the credit it deserves for your part in this folly, you have certainly earned it!
Rudy Brhel, Charlotte
Who really saved those Carrier jobs?
It doesn't appear to me that Mr. Trump “saved” 800 jobs at Carrier. From what I've read, the taxpayers of Indiana did.
James Heim, Davidson
Media criticizes Trump at its peril
It is going to be very interesting to watch how the mainstream media handle the first 100 days of the Trump administration. At this point it appears the media will continue to ramp up their criticism of virtually everything Trump does or says.
What many mainstream media outlets may fail to recognize is the economic backlash they will encounter from many older Americans who will tire of the constant criticism. Should the media fail to move toward balanced reporting, they will do so at their own peril.
Craig A. Reutlinger, Charlotte
A problem all of us should want to fix
In response to “Make nation’s roads, bridges great again” (Dec. 5 editorial):
The American Society of Civil Engineers gives our national infrastructure a shameful grade of “D+”. It is worthwhile to remember that under FDR, the Public Works Administration and Works Progress Administration used combinations of public and private money to hire millions of workers who eventually built 78,000 bridges, 650,000 miles of roads, 700 miles of airport runways, 40,000 schools and 13,000 playgrounds.
Let’s enjoin our elected officials in Washington on both sides of the aisle to cooperate on this national imperative. The need is urgent and the improvements will benefit all of us. This is a no-brainer.
Dan Laurent, Charlotte
Review board needs subpoena power
In response to “Charlotte kin of those killed by police seek tougher civilian oversight” (Dec. 5):
Granting subpoena power to the Citizens Review Board could be a significant step toward better communication between Charlotte residents and the local police force. It is important for all stakeholders to feel represented when issues with police arise. It is clear that currently, many Charlotte citizens feel shut out of the discussion.
Allowing the review board more latitude in investigations is a great step to building trust and communication in our city after the recent unrest. Police will benefit from the feedback, improving performance and productivity. Citizens will benefit because they will feel fairly represented when they have a grievance.
Page Lee, Charlotte
Thanks, Cam, for admitting mistake
In response to “Newton benched for dress code violation” (Dec. 5) and other articles:
Thank you, Cam Newton, for being honest and mature. You should have had the tie, but you rightfully took responsibility for your actions. Anyone who hides behind “Wardrobe Malfunction” of any nature is a liar plain and simple.
Stephen Sissons, Charlotte