Letters to the Editor

Maurice’s, and the South, have come a long way

Progress for Maurice’s, the South

In response to “Can BBQ dynasty rise above father’s racism?” (Dec. 11):

Thanks so much for your article on Maurice and Piggie Park. We’ve lived in the South off and on since the late sixties and each time the racial component has continued to evolve for the better. We’ve lived in Charlotte for nine years now.

When we moved from Southern California to Columbia in 1993, my first trip in to be introduced to my new business contacts included lunch at Maurice’s Piggie Park where I did indeed see those tracts with the whole Old Testament rationale for slavery. After that, we proceeded to meet with my key contact at his office. It wasn’t 30 minutes before he dropped the N word.

I’m happy to say that Columbia has come a long way since then – our grown up kids have shown us some of the new “foodie” places that are truly remarkable. I’m glad to see Maurice’s kids have turned that corner too.

Jonathan Hoin, Weddington

What happens with unkept promises?

The Observer’s editorial board wrote, a bit ago, about the promises Donald Trump was right to walk away from, like the idea of trying to prosecute Hillary Clinton. I am more interested in the promises that people really depend on, but that he cannot keep, even if he wanted to, like bringing back low-skill, high-paying jobs.

Consider, for instance, coal mining. Those jobs were not lost to off-shoring or over-regulation; they were lost to automation and competition from cheaper alternatives. What will Trump tell these people in four years, as their jobs continue to vanish, and as his team eviscerates the safety net that keeps them from want?

Mary Cunningham, Charlotte

Time to eliminate some departments

Yes, federal employees can be terminated by closing or redefining their department’s purpose. The U.S. can save billions in salaries, retirement and regulations enforcement. This means eliminating some Cabinet-level departments/positions.

Donald, I hope you and your advisers are already making these plans. These actions will help drain the swamp and save billions, if not trillions in taxpayers’ monies.

Thomas W. Cochran, Troutman

It’s all about the R’s vs. the D’s

I guess I need to “congratulate” the “R Crew” that writes so often to the Observer, on their “win” and election of Donald Trump. I am already looking forward to their full-throated support for President Trump when he signs Republican legislation to privatize Social Security. Perhaps before that, we’ll hear what great news it is that President Trump has signed Republican legislation that “voucherizes” Medicare and Medicaid.

All of this because it’s “R’s versus D’s”… and in the end, it’s apparently “Republicans uber alles!”

Chris Porier, Charlotte

I should give Trump a chance? Nope

Stop telling me to give Trump a chance! Those who voted for him did not give Obama a chance. When Obama took office he was faced with ending two wars that caused thousands of men and women to lose their lives or be wounded. He was also faced with the worst recession in history. All as a result of the Bush administration.

And you want me to give Trump a chance. Not in this lifetime.

Don Lane, Charlotte

Trump making good picks so far

Trump is making thoughtful choices. Yes, he’s picking business executives and even some wealthy people for his Cabinet. They have all been successful in their respective occupations. We certainly don’t want the same old politicians who have been in Washington over the past decade. They haven’t accomplished very much.

The media need to give him a chance. He will have everyone and everything in place, and will be ready to start working the day he takes office.

Sheila W. Evans, Charlotte

Don’t ignore this important language

In response to “Let’s expand, not weaken, this critical CMS program” (Dec. 13 For the Record):

Justin Parmenter extols the merits of Waddell Language Academy and reports that its kindergarten students begin full immersion in any of four foreign languages: Chinese, Japanese, French or German. What jumps out here is no mention at all of the most important second language today.

If the idea is to furnish the student with a second language beyond English, of undeniable utilitarian value, how can omitting Spanish be defended on any grounds?

Bernie Hargadon, Charlotte