White supremacists want attention
What if white supremacists had a rally and nobody showed up?
One way to curb violence at white supremacist rallies is to not counter-protest at their events. Let them spew their mindless hatred amongst themselves instead of directing it at nearby protesters, and wallow alone in their ignorance instead of giving them opportunities for confrontation and publicity. That is exactly what they want.
John F. Higdon, Matthews
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Forum writer has better approach
In response to “Best policy to take with N. Korea: Peace” (Aug. 11 Forum):
I have just read Richard Greene’s letter on North Korea. It has more force and good sense than anything I’ve read in weeks, months, maybe longer. The word “annihilated” said quietly with the offer of aid in gaining peace between the two Koreas, is so much more powerful than Trump’s bombastic statements.
Can we send Mr. Greene to Washington to help with policy and speech writing?
Donna Wilcox, Charlotte
Trump, be logical with N. Korea
In response to “Threat to N. Korea was improvised” (Aug. 10):
Donald Trump threatened North Korea with fire and fury like the world has never seen which sounds like nuclear annihilation. Those of us who grew up in the shadow of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki feared exactly that, and we are reminded again of how morally corrupt nuclear weapons are.
Unequaled fire and fury is not proportional to the threat posed by North Korea. Diplomacy with North Korea is needed, not military bullying. As George Washington advised, “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”
Joe Burton, Raleigh
I’m inspired by vets serving again
In response to “McCain shows us why veterans...” (Aug. 10 For the Record):
David Callaway was spot on with his piece on why veterans need to serve again. Each of us gave the best years of our lives in service of a greater cause, and should continue to do so. I see vets helping our communities, like Blake Bourne at Charlotte Bridge Home or vets in Congress like Tammy Duckworth and Seth Moulton. And that inspires me.
I agree my fellow veterans of the current 16 year war on terror have a lot to offer to the future of our nation outside the blood, sweat and tears we've already given.
Brian Cross, Indian Trail
President Trump is a hypocrite
If you took all of the criticisms that private citizen Donald Trump leveled at various politicians over the years and applied them to Trump’s own record as president, then the obvious conclusion would be that the Trump presidency has been a colossal failure. Of course the hypocrite-in-chief conveniently ignores all of the judgments that he passed on others and rates himself as the most “presidential” president since Abraham Lincoln. Trump is not one to let his own words stand in the way of endless self-promotion.
Arnie Grieves, Charlotte
Don’t forget dangers of deregulation
In response to “About time D.C. was run like a business” (Aug. 14 Forum):
Dick Meyer thinks Trump is solving problems in D.C. like a businessman. Anyone recall the economic meltdown in 2008 caused by Wall Street greed? Here comes more “trickle down” and deregulation hooey to enrich the rich. Undoing regulations, transparency and ethics hurts us all. We’ll suffer the cost of climate change, polluted air and water. Have we forgotten the coal ash cost we pay for Duke’s shortcuts?
Chip Potts, Mooresville
Disappointed in Legal Aid cuts
In response to “Speaker: Overzealous lawyers led to aid cuts” (Aug. 12):
Speaker Tim Moore says budget cuts to Legal Aid are justified because staff attorneys are too “overzealous.” Really, Speaker Moore? The Code of Ethics applicable to the practice of law requires attorneys to represent clients zealously. The courts have supervisory authority to control excessive advocacy. It has not been my experience that corporate or other well-heeled litigants exercise much restraint against their adversaries. Could it be, just as the Republican UNC Board of Governors doesn’t want the Center for Civil Rights representing minorities in litigation, their brethren in the legislature do not feel that the poor and powerless are entitled to quite the same access to justice as the affluent?
Gary Rhodes, Salisbury