Letters to the Editor

Even Obama said DACA was a temporary fix

Sheila Evans

DACA was never a permanent plan

When President Obama signed his executive order creating DACA, he said it was a “temporary stopgap measure,” and “Congress needs to act.” This is precisely why President Trump rescinded the order and gave Congress six months to come up with a better plan. President Trump said he wants to help the Dreamers, not punish them. Let Congress come together in bipartisanship and do its job to reform our immigration policies regarding the Dreamers.

Sheila W. Evans, Charlotte

Michael Warner

Dreamers are an asset to the U.S.

The president’s cancellation of DACA shows a complete lack of simple logic, an anti-Christian lack of compassion, and a surprising lack of business sense. He is punishing the innocent and is exporting a substantial asset, the talents and skills of a dedicated generation of young people.

Those who should be punished are the legislators who have refused to adequately reform our immigration policies. It seems to me that how people got to this country many years ago is of only minor relevance. The issue should be whether they are now contributing members of society and assets to this country. DACA children and young adults of good character must be protected and given a secure and prompt way to obtain at least a green card. And there is plenty of room in our growing economy for their adult families and friends to follow the same path.

Michael K. Warner,


Congress, approve the DREAM Act

In response to “Trump starts to end protection of children brought in illegally” (Aug. 6):

Donald Trump’s decision to rescind DACA is a horrible mistake that will inflict needless pain on innocent children and young people who have only known the United States as their home. Over the next 10 years, it is estimated that the impact of this decision will be a drain on the GDP upwards of $400 billion.

Out of compassion for these children and out of concern for our nation’s economic security, our congressional representatives should immediately approve the DREAM Act and provide a path for these innocent youths to continue contributing to the health and well-being of the United States.

Julio Ramirez, Davidson

If you don’t like the candidates, step up

In response to “Among mayoral, council hopefuls: Money struggles...” (Aug. 31):

While it is a sad state of affairs that some City Council candidates have a record of committing crimes and/or financial ignorance, it also illustrates the other part of the problem: that some of the same people making light of their qualifications refuse to step up themselves and get involved. Instead of lamenting the problem, get involved in public service yourself!

Perry Clark, Huntersville

John Clark

Bell’s health care idea is a non-starter

In response to “To fix health care, move most expensive...” (Sept. 1 For the Record):

Edward Bell’s proposal to lower health care costs by moving the most expensive illnesses to Medicare is so misguided, one wonders where to begin.

The killer of his idea is the goal of saving money for the for-profit health insurance companies. The notion that these corporate giants would reduce premiums for the healthy by 40% is a pipe dream. More importantly, dividing Americans into healthy v. those with medical needs is un-American.

We ought to be promoting the best health care for all citizens through a single-payer approach. Everyone benefits and everyone contributes.

John H. Clark, Charlotte

Charlotte is losing historic buildings

In response to “Demolition crews busy in city’s latest boom” (Sept. 5):

The Observer missed an opportunity for front page coverage of the tragic loss of city character through unplanned growth and demolition. The character-rich, historic buildings in places like Plaza Midwood, Noda, and Elizabeth imbue the neighborhoods with the qualities that make them desirable. If we raze them, what have we left? The focus of your article was “how” the demolition occurs, but your front page deserves a discussion of why it’s happening, how we can preserve our precious few classic business strips and the negative impact it will have if we don’t.

Monty Montague,