Trump supporters aren’t all the same
In response to “Only Congress can save innocent Dreamers now” (Sept. 6):
You suggest the president may have used constitutional concerns to please his base. Then, you point out that many in the 24 percent who don’t support DACA are among Trump’s base. Some in Trump’s base support DACA.
Many Trump supporters want only fairness to come to those who innocently arrived here and know nowhere else as home. We are Americans who care about our country and who see nothing sinister in putting immigration burdens before Congress where they rightfully reside.
You perceive a large segment of us wrongly. We walk and chew gum at the same time.
Michael V. Matthews, Denver
Athletes can speak out, but not at work
In response to “Players have good reason to speak out” (Sept. 8 Forum):
I completely agree with Forum writer Blaine Winford that professional athletes have the right to speak out. Where we disagree is whether they have the right to speak out on the clock. What they do on their own time is their own business. I would guess that Mr. Winford’s employer would have something to say about him engaging in such activities while on the clock.
Kenneth M. Kyzer, Charlotte
Early childhood development is key
In response to “High grad rates, low test scores pose troubling questions” (Sept. 8):
Year after year, I read the dismal results of a whole lot of time, a heck of a lot of money, and the very best of intentions of our community’s educational efforts resulting in numbers such as “44 of 107 elementary schools had 3rd grade reading proficiency below 50 percent.”
Question: Has anyone heard of Child Care Resources Inc. right here in our community? Many haven’t. That, my fellow Charlotteans, is part of our problem. We must redirect our efforts, aiming at the first three years of life, the most critical time of brain development, to give our children a chance for “proficiency.”
Rebecca Shore, Charlotte
We don’t have to save old buildings
In response to “Charlotte is losing historic buildings” (Sept. 7 Forum):
Everything old is often referred to as historic. Yes, old buildings have history, but more often it is not a notable history but more of years of mounting neglect and diminished appearance. What makes Charlotte truly attractive is what is new and shiny, bold architecture, sleek rail cars, exciting stadium venues and well-planned shopping and living spaces. Those are the elements that attract the young and energetic, while the dusty cobwebs of some insignificant structure from yesteryear may tingle the spine of a much smaller segment of the population.
Brad Frazier, Iron Station
Why no September 11th coverage?
Monday, our sixth grade students and teachers watched a kid friendly video of what happened on September 11, 2001. All understood the gravity of this event and how from tragedy, the best was brought out in us.
I teach a Current Events class. There was no mention of this national tragedy in the Observer on Monday. Why? This is something we should never forget; for those who weren’t born yet, they need to learn about it. Omitting this, despite the hurricanes, is a mistake.
Tara Anastasi, Matthews
Happy to hear diverse perspectives
In response to “On 9-11, the terrors that blacks will ‘never forget’” (Sept. 10):
Thank you for including the 9-11 piece by Justin Perry. Hearing perspectives from people of color is so incredibly important. I hope the Charlotte Observer continues to work to diversify its voices!
Becky Schisle, Concord
Don’t blame one agency for problems
In response to “Chief Putney isn’t doing his job” (Aug. 29 Forum):
CMPD is to blame for the murder rate increase as much as CMS is responsible for the “failing” schools. It is as if nothing else factors into the reason certain areas face these challenges. One must look at the whole picture and help with a solution to enable change. No one needs to be judged.
Kathleen M. White, Charlotte