Can we get answers on Afghanistan?
Dear Senators Burr and Tillis and Rep. Adams:
I would like members of both houses of Congress to demand clarity and specifics relating to the president’s newly unveiled Afghanistan strategy. When campaigning, Donald Trump told the country he would have a plan to defeat ISIS within 30 days and he knew more about combating the extremists than the generals on the ground.
We are now more than six months into his presidency and it would appear that Trump has no concrete plans whatsoever. What is the plan moving forward? It looks like we are committing upwards of 4,000 more troops with no end in sight to this conflict. If we are eschewing diplomacy in this arena, what is the endgame? How/when do our troops come home?
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Gordon Olson, Davidson
Here’s a new monument idea
In response to “Duke Univ. removes statue of Robert E. Lee” (Aug. 20):
I appreciate Duke University’s decision to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee from the entrance to Duke Chapel. Now that there’s an empty niche in the row of figures representing notable persons in the history of the South, here are two suggestions: Harriet Tubman, or better yet, because she grew up in Durham, The Reverend Pauli Murray. Murray was an attorney, poet, activist for civil rights and women’s rights, and the first African-American woman to be ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church – a trail-blazer in many ways.
Mary W. Cox, Charlotte
I changed my mind on monuments
As a Southern historian and a sixth-generation North-Carolinian, I’ve recently been considering my perspective on Confederate monuments. My opinion has changed: I now believe that the cities of North Carolina should relocate all Confederate monuments now standing on public property.
Confederate symbols endorse a movement founded on white supremacy. If our government continues to pay homage to the Confederacy, people of color can never be sure they will be treated fairly. And we will never resolve social tensions if entire groups of citizens feel alienated or repressed.
Confederate symbols belong in museums, where we can learn their history, or on private property.
It is past time to move our monuments to more appropriate locations. State and local officials and members of our communities should research how to remove them; then, we should act.
Christopher H. Robertson, Raleigh
The Left wants to control our lives
I would assert that most people in the United States agree on some core values. Most would like to work in their chosen profession, make a reasonable salary with enough to buy a house and a decent car, travel a bit, and retire with some money in the bank. Most agree that hard work and honesty are keys to these goals. However, leftists like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and even Bernie Sanders, want to control our lives through health care, taxation and redistribution of income. Is that what you really want?
Kathleen Moore, Clover
The ACLU should defend everyone
In response to “Condemn, but protect, the speech of hate” (Aug. 22 Opinion):
I find it reprehensible that the ACLU has abandoned its core values of protecting the First Amendment by refusing to defend white supremacists who legally carried weapons to the rally in Charlottesville.
While you may not agree with views by such organizations as Neo-Nazis, other hate groups or Communist groups or even the Flat Earthers, they have the right to speak and be protected under the First Amendment.
Go back to your core values ACLU, or lose my support.
Augie E. Beasley, Charlotte
We all need to stand up to Trump
The white hoods may be off for many of Trump’s supporters, but what about the others who went behind the curtain to vote for him? Mr. Trump shared his racist views throughout the campaign. From “Mexican rapists” to “fine people” marching with neo-Nazis, he has made his innermost thoughts clear. We must all look inside ourselves and ask, “Am I a racist too?” Marching with the KKK is one level, but there are many other levels of racism. Justifying support for the president because of the economy or a Supreme Court pick does not negate his current actions or despicable views. I think our country and its people in the end will stand up for what is right.
Kelly Morlacci, Charlotte