Letters to the Editor

Executive orders weren’t what framers had in mind

I want democracy, not rule by decree

In response to “Trump to halt subsidies to health insurers” (Oct. 13) and related articles:

Last time I checked, the U.S. government was based on the principles of checks and balances, separation of powers, rule of law, federalism, popular sovereignty – not decree by a president through executive action/orders.

The framers intended the legislative branch to be most powerful: Federalist Papers, No. 51.

Rule by decree is not a democracy.

Annie McCanless, Matthews

Obama ruled by fiat, and so can Trump

In response to Our View “Trump’s new plan to kill Obamacare” (Oct. 12 Opinion):

Where was the Observer when Obama bribed his way into passing this bad Affordable Care Act law?

He governed the country by fiat, especially through bad policy from the EPA and other agencies.

Looks like President Trump is shoving those policies down Obama’s throat one by one. What goes around comes around!

Peter J. Augusta, Charlotte

Bigotry, flags, Pence and Jesse Owens

Vice President Mike Pence recently left a ballgame and tweeted: “...I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”

I wonder if he knows about the degrading segregation of the Tuskegee Airmen, the Triple Nickel parachute battalion, or Montford Point Marines.

Does he know about the century-plus our flag flew over slavery? The century it flew over Jim Crow discrimination?

Some question if thousands of tax dollars were wasted in a staged stunt to gain support from Donald Trump’s base. Maybe, but I wonder if Trump and Pence remember that the ultimate white supremacist, Adolf Hitler, hastily left the stadium in 1936 because American Negro athlete Jesse Owens won the gold?

Robert Currie Jr., Laurinburg

In London, NFL embarrassed U.S.

Taking a knee for the world to see!

Here is some advice – a little old, but an entirely germane speech given by Winston Churchill in 1947 to the House of Commons: “When I am abroad I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.”

Churchill was no political dumbbell. The NFL has a lot – dumbbells used in practice, but also idiotic actions abroad.

Warren Roggeman, Charlotte

Limit junkets by Trump, his cabinet

Tornado Trump is a prime example of climate change, political as well climatological – Iran agreement, Obamacare subsidy repeals, tax code revisions, PR disaster responses, etc.

It’s time we voters in the “majority” start applying climate control.

Let’s start cost savings by limiting gold-plated junket trips by the president and cabinet. Let’s reduce the Secret Service workload by limiting travel schedules to essential government, taxpayer-related business.

We the taxpayers demand accountability from our elected officials and chosen cabinet members.

George Garcia, Rolesville

Sanders’ plan would crush middle class

The writer is National Association of Health Underwriters legislative chair.

A recent article concluded Americans’ support for a single-payer healthcare system drops precipitously when they realize it would require massive tax hikes. (“AP Fact Check: Single-payer sounds best when it sounds free,” Sept. 14)

It’s easy to see why. To fund his proposed Medicare for All plan, Sen. Bernie Sanders has suggested imposing a new 7.5 percent payroll tax, levying an additional 4 percent tax on income, and treating investment earnings as income rather than capital gains. Such taxes would crush middle-class families and small businesses.

Annette Bechtold, Washington, D.C.

Trump stymied? Not exactly how I see it

In response to “Trump stymied by his own teammates” (Oct. 13 Forum):

The environment and national parks system are under assault.

The wheels have been set in motion to rip health care away from millions.

White supremacists have been emboldened to step out of the shadows.

Inconvenient facts and the truth are routinely dismissed as fake news, and adolescent Twitter rants have replaced rational discourse.

So hang in there, Forum writer Dickie Benzie. The dark agenda you so obviously covet may not have risen to your level of satisfaction yet, but the president is making major strides toward that goal.

Arnie Grieves, Charlotte