Letters to the Editor

Charlotte can do better on memorials in Marshall Park


We can do better with Marshall Park

In response to “Let’s not make second mistake in Second Ward” (Aug. 20 Opinion):

An addendum to Taylor Batten’s thoughtful column Sunday: By all means, the city and developers about to transform Marshall Park should find a way to honor the heritage of Charlotte’s black residents who once called the Brooklyn community home. After Charlottesville, shame on us if we ignore our history. The same goes for the statue of Martin Luther King Jr. that stands virtually ignored in a corner of the park. It deserves a prominent home. While we’re on the subject of Marshall Park memorials that deserve better: Charlotte’s Holocaust memorial hides behind two bushes in a corner of the park. I dare you to find it. After Charlottesville, as we unite to reject every expression and act of hatred, can’t our city do better?

Ken Garfield, Charlotte

Maschal Charlotte Observer

Marshall Park belongs to the people

In response to “Let’s not make second mistake in Second Ward” (Aug. 20 Opinion):

Kudos to retired but still vital Charlotte community leaders Hugh McColl (Bank of America), Rolfe Neill (Charlotte Observer) and Bill Grigg (Duke Energy) for putting their considerable heft behind an effort to save Marshall Park as a public space and community asset.

As it now stands, the county will sell the park to developers whose plans call for reducing it to a 1.77-acre postage stamp, a mere forecourt to their proposed buildings.

Charlotte architect Murray Whisnant has a better idea, using, for instance, solar energy to create something unique. His proposal deserves a hearing.

Marshall Park belongs to the people. County commissioners are its stewards. They should protect it, preserving its important role as a civic space, the site, for instance, of a recent vigil for victims of the racist violence in Charlottesville.

Richard Maschal,


Prioritize green space in Charlotte

Can Charlotte not attract developers who see that the green that grows on trees and open space may contribute as greatly to their developments as the green they see in the dollars for developing every inch of space into concrete high rise?

Marcia Lampert, Charlotte

Al Sharpton is wrong on monuments

Al Sharpton said he didn’t want his tax dollars supporting the maintenance of statues that are offensive to him.

There are others who don’t want their taxes supporting things that are offensive to them, like Planned Parenthood. Yet the hypocritical Reverend Sharpton doesn’t have a problem with that.

Rodger Parker, Huntersville


Advice for Trump from a supporter

Dear President Trump, I voted for you because I felt that you were the lesser of two evils. I realize your limitations, but for the good of our nation, I still hope that you will succeed. So, here are several suggestions to make that happen: 1) Stop your ridiculous tweeting. 2) Be more tolerant of opposing views and criticism. 3) Learn to be more flexible with Democrats as well as those in your own Republican party. 4) Finally, if you should find that your skin is a little too thin for the West Wing or the fires burning around you, would you please consider getting out of the kitchen as well as away from the fires that you yourself cause, in and out of the White House!

Barry Marshall, Charlotte

No, I don’t want to be called ‘racist’

In response to “Why do white people want me to call them racist?” (Aug. 19 Opinion):

Issac Bailey, you are off the track if you think white people (speaking for myself) want to be called racist. This must be a figment of your imagination. There are many blacks who are racist as well as whites. Whether you believe it or not, there are many white people in this country who teach their children from the get-go that kindness and respect belongs to everyone. My father was a policeman in Charlotte and he respected every man, black, white or otherwise.

There will always be unkind, nasty and trouble-making people in this world. The only way we can come together is through kindness, understanding and love for each other.

Barbara Bell Kerr,