Letters to the Editor

Charlotte’s Confederate monuments should come down

Remove Confederate monuments here

As a white woman, a Charlotte resident, voter and taxpaying mother of a child in public school, I want the City of Charlotte and Mecklenberg County to remove monuments that symbolize white supremacy’s role in this country’s history. I specifically want the Mecklenberg County Confederate Monument erected in 1887 by the Women of Charlotte removed – as well as the Confederate soldier marker at the Elmwood Cemetery erected in 1977. Additionally I would like to see a city-backed committee (representative of our current demographic) review all city monuments and document which community members and groups these honor and determine the current role we as a community want these monuments to play in our lives.

Kim Brittenham, Charlotte


We can’t ignore white supremacists

In response to “White supremacists want attention” (Aug. 15):

Forum writer John F. Higdon is naive to suggest that the best way to deal with white supremacists is to simply ignore them. While I would agree that such response may seem safer and more reasonable now, I believe that those armed, military-clad miscreants will not be content to just wallow alone in their mindless hatred – mainly because their hatred isn’t mindless. It is an ethos.

Peace-loving and inclusive-thinking Europeans tried to ignore the rise and spread of this very same malignancy three-quarters of a century ago, but in the end, learned the horrific truth that white nationalism never goes away, never gives up, and never gets assimilated. How should we learn that lesson?

Geoffrey Planer, Gastonia

We protect free speech for everyone

The Governor of Virginia and the police had to give permits for the march and protest in Charlottesville. It was permitted, and protected by the police, as free speech. If it is permitted and protected, what can the president do? Must he prohibit free speech? Should the Governor of Virginia disallow the permits? Do we need to send in the military? The public is asking for free speech on one hand and demanding the president speak out against it on the other. You cannot have it both ways. No matter what the president says, it will be taken as wrong on either side.

Pat Sherrill, Cherryville

Trump racist, or attention-seeking?

It may be tempting to label the president as a racist. But name-calling doesn’t get to the heart of the matter. More relevant are the president’s words as he excuses and promotes racist, white supremacist, and neo-Nazi groups, their sympathizers and their agendas. Do his words represent deeply held views or do they stem from a personal need – no matter what the cost – for adulation (and votes) from whatever group will deliver them? It doesn’t matter. In either case, we find ourselves facing the frightening reality that our president lacks the moral compass to serve the best interests of the country and its citizens.

Deborah Langsam,


Panthers not impressive in opener

We are supposed to see a quicker strike offense with Christian McCaffrey. In the season opener, I still saw a slow developing offense, with big, slow receivers.

We saw Derek Anderson and Joe Webb throw better than Cam Newton ever will. No way Newton drops in the back shoulder pass that Anderson did for the first touchdown.

I see no indication that the offense has anything new.

Jim Hall, Charlotte


Deregulation creates more jobs

In response to “Don’t forget dangers of deregulation” (Aug. 15 Forum):

The Trump agenda of getting rid of job-killing regulations aren’t a boon to the “rich,” but rather will speed up construction projects, lower the barriers to job creation and help ensure that America can meet its energy needs and earn money by exporting energy abroad. The only losers are the Russians and global warming alarmists who seek to force Bernie Sanders-style economic control, pain and poverty on America while pretending their goal is to help the environment.

Keith T. Brittain, Pineville

Why are good men sticking with Trump?

I do not know why H. R. McMaster and John Kelly remain with the downward-spiraling Trump administration, but I am thankful that they are still there, if nothing else, to try to keep the “football” (with the nuclear weapons launch codes) away from the occupant of the Oval Office.

David M. Vickers-Koch,