Letters to the Editor

We’ve wasted a lot of money on missile defense

Missile defense isn’t that simple

In response to “Democrats left us vulnerable to nukes” (Sept. 9 Viewpoint):

Marc Thiessen is avoiding important facts that need to be addressed. To attempt to intercept a ballistic missile, other than in the boost phase when it is first launched, is described by rocket scientists as an attempt to hit a speeding bullet with another one.

When the Bush administration deployed ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California in 2003, they had not been proven to work. We wasted billions of dollars of taxpayer money on this fiasco trying to find a technological fix for a human problem. Embracing the spirit of the UN’s Nuclear Ban Treaty and working closer with NATO, Russia and China to rigorously sanction North Korea makes more sense.

Bert Crain M.D., Hickory

Poverty is at root of education inequity

In response to “Early childhood development is key” (Sept. 12 Forum):

Rebecca Shore is undoubtedly correct that focusing on child development in the first three years of life is extremely important for helping to prevent low achievement later. But what she overlooks is that, as Ann Helms noted in her article about test scores in CMS, the lowest scores come from schools where poverty is concentrated and the highest scores come from schools where wealth and privilege are concentrated.

A great deal of research shows that mixing children and families of varied income and educational levels helps these low achieving children most. Until we as a community are willing to move in that direction and to do something about the vast economic inequities in this country and this community, those helping organizations can do no more than apply band-aids.

Araminta S. Johnston, Charlotte

Did anyone notice DOJ announcement?

With so much attention in the news being focused on hurricanes and North Korea, it has been largely overlooked that the Department of Justice recently concluded that there is no evidence that Trump Tower was wiretapped during the presidential election. Donald Trump made unsubstantiated accusations that President Obama committed a felony by ordering such a surveillance, prompting an official investigation. Trump even went so far as to call his predecessor a “bad (or sick) guy”. Now that the allegations have been proven to be completely baseless, it’s pretty evident as to who really suffers from such character flaws.

Arnie Grieves, Charlotte

Kathleen Britton

9/11 wasn’t first U.S. terror attack

In response to “On 9-11, the terrors that blacks will ‘never forget’” (Sept. 10 For the Record):

What I find troubling, Mr. Perry, is your mistaken belief that September 11 was the first time white America came face to face with the concept of terrorism. Did you never learn of the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, in February 1993? Did you never hear about the destruction of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building by domestic terrorists in April 1995?

Kathleen Britton, Charlotte

Worried about climate change yet?

In response to “Is North Carolina prepared...” (Sept. 8 For the Record):

Seeing the brutal effects of Harvey and Irma back-to-back should make us ask how to reduce the frequency of severe storms, which are largely due to ocean warming from climate change. We need serious action now from Congressional representatives. Efforts such as reforestation and water-permeable “sponge cities” are valuable adaptive strategies, but they don’t address causes. We also need to reduce the amount of CO2 going into the air, which makes oceans warm up. One way to do that is a carbon fee and dividend program, which wouldn’t have a major impact on our lifestyles or pocketbooks.

Irma may have passed us by, but the next hurricane could slam Charlotte and remind us we’re not immune to the effects of climate change.

Dean Kluesner, Charlotte

Solar power could be Charlotte’s future

Charlotte leaders push the idea of “Charlotte The Energy Hub” and “Charlotte: The City of Trees.” What better way to pursue both goals, and to chase the $5 billion Amazon headquarters than to announce our center city is going to become a “solar-energy machine” with solar-voltaic rooftops on existing and proposed building rooftops? It would be a good and profitable investment, and if Duke Energy is interested it would be a win-win.

Murray Whisnant, Charlotte