Letters to the Editor

Actually, Jesus wouldn’t help celebrate our sins

Jesus wouldn’t have made the cake

In response to “A wedding cake, a gay couple and the three me’s” (July 3):

As a devout Catholic Christian, I am flabbergasted that Mr. Maddalon has the audacity to claim that Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission should be referred to as “Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Jesus,” suggesting that Jesus would oppose Masterpiece Cakeshop’s decision. Yes, Jesus “chose the company of sinners,” but Jesus seeks to change sinful behaviors. Though Jesus does indeed teach us to love all, no matter how heinous a sinner, nowhere does He direct us to comply with the sinful actions of others. If we are in the habit of renaming court cases, a more apt title might be “Colorado Civil Rights Commission v. Jesus.”

Matthew Sie, Charlotte

Reagan would be disappointed in GOP

About a dozen senators are secreted away toiling on a critical new health care bill. Are they seeking the best possible health outcome for their 325 million fellow citizens?

Are they listening to experts in the healthcare industry to improve the present system or are they comparing the best systems in the rest of the developed world? Are they learning why our health care is so outrageously expensive?

No, they seek only the best political outcome for their party. This is not governing: It is the intentional avoidance of governing. President Ronald Reagan understated it when he said the government is the problem not the solution.

Nicholas Rounds, Clover

Nobody’s apologizing for fake news

President Trump started his “Fake News” tweets after months and months of the Democrats and the news media accusing him, with zero proof, of being under investigation for colluding with Russia during the election. Now the media are quietly no longer accusing him of collusion. Seems to me they owe him an apology. I won’t hold my breath.

Dick Meyer, Charlotte.


Where’s the Hispanic editorial voice?

In response to “Welcome these fresh, challenging voices” (July 2):

It’s with a mix of emotions that I read that you’ve selected eight new persons to take turns writing opinion columns in your paper. Thrilled, because it was an “about time” moment, and upset because well, no Hispanic is in your list of “fresh voices.” Are you saying that out of thousands of Latino Charlotte citizens there isn’t ONE good enough to contribute their opinion about matters that concern that voting bloc?

Mario J Santiz,

Indian Trail

Curry is worth the investment

In response to “Is Curry really worth ...” (July 2):

Is Stephen Curry really worth $201 million? A definite yes, not only because of his skill on the court but also because he is setting the standard for what an NBA player should be in the locker room and off the court. Among the many self-absorbed and poorly behaved professional athletes, Stephen Curry is a leader in demonstrating what it means to be a team player, a great husband and father, a generous community supporter, and simply an ethical and excellent human being.

I hope his way of conducting the business of professional basketball will set League criteria for current and future NBA players. If so, it will raise the level of support for the NBA worldwide. $201 million is a worthwhile investment.

Marilynn Bowler, Charlotte


Looking for dialogue on police violence

In response to “Civilians shouldn’t have to de-escalate police” (July 2 Viewpoint):

Tonya Jameson’s column sparked a conversation between me and my husband at breakfast. “Wow, can you imagine how scary that would be looking up at the barrel of a gun pointed right at you?” he said.

Jameson is correct to say civilians shouldn’t have to de-escalate police, but the reality is that de-escalation must go both ways before significant progress is made to eliminate the racial bias that compromises the decision-making ability of adrenaline-charged police officers.

We were also surprised Officer Matthew Janish wasn’t disciplined. Unfortunately, we must deal with the way things are, rather than the way they should be. But in the meantime, in the interest of making amends for his error in judgment, perhaps Officer Janish could respond with a column of his own, and I think we would all be better for the discussion.

Julie Tuggle, Charlotte