In response to “CIAA officials decry violence” (March 2):
Time to send CIAA packing
Please, CIAA officials, enough of the same rhetoric/excuses year after year.
The events in question, whether sanctioned or non-sanctioned, affiliated or non-affiliated with the tournament, are always the same – some sort of violence ensues in and around this tournament.
I therefore ask city leaders: Does the lure of easy revenue overshadow society’s need to feel safe? And, when are you all finally going to wise up and send this tournament packing?
CIAA isn’t to blame; venues responsible for security
It is wrong to blame the CIAA for the increased violence in Charlotte last weekend.
Security and safety is ultimately the responsibility of the various hosting venues.
To that end, the NC Music Factory has a history of violence at its complex. There have been three people shot there since July 2012.
Perhaps the proper authorities should engage the complex owners about their responsibility to our community.
In response to “The Charlotte that everyone now sees” (March 4 Editorial) and related articles:
Two Democrats showed courage on LGBT ordinance
Thank you for the editorial chastising City Council for not extending anti-discrimination protections to LGBT people.
However, I was upset to see the editorial blame the two Democratic council members who displayed courage in supporting the full ordinance.
The “T” is an integral part of LGBT, and LaWana Mayfield and John Autry showed true alliance with our community by not tossing transgender people under the bus.
Instead of berating them, why didn’t you call out the council members who voted against the ordinance because they engaged in fear mongering and decided to “watch progress pass by”?
Council did the right thing in voting down LGBT ordinance
Finally some common sense from our City Council. Thanks.
Majority should not have to bend to such a small group
Transgenders chose an aberrant lifestyle, which is their right. With that choice are consequences.
They represent less than half of one percent of the population. Why should the other 99.5 percent be forced to bow to their choice? If the majority rules, it should be the other way around.
Fort Mill, S.C.
In response to “Excessive spending by Dems damaged our nation’s credit” (March 4 Forum):
Aiming at the wrong target when you blame Democrats
Forum writer Tripp Cherry says the nation’s credit has been damaged by “years of Democrats spending more money than we have.”
In rebuttal I offer two facts:
▪ George W. Bush entered the White House with a surplus and left it with the U.S. country in debt and in a recession. Hardly Democratic spending at work here.
▪ The nation’s credit was downgraded not by spending, but due to the Republicans’ ill-advised government shutdown and threats of default on our debt.
President Obama snubbed an ally, disrespected Netanyahu
President Obama’s decision to boycott Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress was most unfortunate and nothing short of classless and shameful.
To show disrespect to a foreign head of state was not only rude, but completely unprofessional, and it becomes doubly so when the head of state is one of our allies.
John S. Perugini
In response to “Jordan debuts on Forbes’ list of world’s billionaires” (March 3):
Congrats MJ, but all this list does is celebritize the rich
One can only applaud Michael Jordan for the business ventures that pushed him onto the Forbes list.
But should lists of the richest people actually exist? All they seem to do is sanctify and further celebritize rich people.
Are such money-based ideals really the right way for the populace to think?