Letters to the Editor

As a Republican, I’m embarrassed by John Kelly’s defense of Trump

General Kelly crossed the line

I’m a registered Republican voter who is disgusted by General John Kelly defending Donald Trump’s rude, ignorant remarks about the soldiers killed in the Niger operation.

Kelly turned his back on the military he served so well by attacking any who questioned the president’s actions as being unpatriotic. He sought to elevate those who serve (including himself) as being superior to the rest of Americans. And he showed that there is no lie that Trump can say that won’t be rigorously promoted as gospel truth by this administration’s members.

Michael A. Clark,


Why should we believe Trump?

In response to “What happened to benefit of the doubt?” (Oct. 24 Forum):

Benefit of the doubt? One earns this in either of two ways. One is to be an unknown entity so that the alleged transgression may be an anomaly. The other is to have demonstrated by proven character and deed to be unlikely to have intended the slight.

In the case of the president, he lies constantly, and about virtually anything. He has furthermore shown a penchant for belittling anyone who has a critical comment. He has specifically attacked Gold Star families, military POW, people of color, and has shown disregard for women in general. There is nothing in his character or actions to lead anyone to believe that his accounting is the one we should believe.

George Anderson, Charlotte

Thank you for telling their stories

In response “‘We are heartbroken.’ The stories of Charlotte’s 73 homicide victims this year.” (Oct. 21 charlotteobserver.com):

Thank you for the story featuring each of the people murdered in Charlotte this year. In a world of “thoughts and prayers” for mass shooting victims and “you knew what you signed up for,” it was one of the most human things I’ve seen lately. The story put before the reader the dignity of each of those people and how they were important to someone who feels their loss greatly.

Laura Williams-Tracy, Charlotte

GOP, act like real conservatives

I am conservative. The Republican Party and our Republican representatives are not. I was an actuary by profession, and I learned to follow these sound, conservative principles:

Take care of what you have, improve it where you can, and build on it for the future. Weigh potential rewards against potential risks. Consider ways to reduce risks. Listen to experts. Pay attention to data and facts, especially if they challenge preconceived notions. Act in the short term to increase the likelihood of achieving your long term goals. Build in a margin for error; you will need it because stuff happens all the time.

Republicans no longer follow these strategies, actions, or principles. They are taking unnecessary risks with the environment, health care, education, tax reform, election integrity, and nuclear war.

John Muehl, Asheville

I can’t avoid Confederate statue

In response to “Monuments are no different than books” (Oct. 24 Forum):

When I drive down Innes Street past the Confederate monument and up Confederate Avenue en route to Country Club of Salisbury to play tennis, it annoys me every single time! But, I play more inspired tennis because of it.

Unlike a book, which you can choose to read or not, I have no choice as to whether I drive past the Confederate soldier monument centrally located in downtown Salisbury if I want to get to the tennis courts. So, books and monuments are not the same. I don’t know of one black person who would forget that slavery, and the Confederate soldiers who fought to preserve it, existed without monuments. After all, it’s ingrained in our dark American history. This black woman doesn’t need the unnecessary reminders!

Sham Ostapko, Huntersville

City shouldn’t burden businesses

In response to “Streetcar construction blamed for closure of seafood store” (Oct. 24):

It was sad to read about Catch on Seafood closing due to road construction, but this appears to be typical in this city. They seem indifferent when their decisions cause a business to fail. The city officials’ jobs are secure. Maybe it should be their jobs and benefits on the line before they make these decisions. The city’s capital budget motto ought to be “Overestimate Benefits, Underestimate Costs.”

Tom Payne, Charlotte