Letters to the Editor

Why does Vi Lyles’s win have to be about race?

Why makes Lyles’s win about race?

In response to “Democrat Lyles makes history in mayoral win” (Nov. 8):

Vi Lyles will make a terrific mayor for the entire city, but beginning your coverage by touting the “first African-American female mayor” serves no good purpose other than to divide. This election was between two qualified candidates and not about race or gender. Can’t the paper begin at some level to talk just about people without always including race, sex and gender as if it matters.

Larry Vitez, Charlotte

Bill Kniegge
Bill Kniegge

I hope Dems know what they’re doing

In response to “Lyles delivers final dagger to GOP's hopes” (Nov. 8 Opinion):

The citizens of Charlotte have spoken! The city is now predominantly run by Democrats. Let’s hope that is a good thing. Let’s also remember that many of our greatest cities in the country are atop a list of the worst run with high crime, corruption and financial ruin. Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia and St. Louis have all had decades of Democratic leadership. Charlotte needs to hope that is mere coincidence, or the “final dagger to GOP’s hopes” as you say, could also be the dagger to the hopes of Charlotteans in the future.

Bill Kniegge, Waxhaw

You can’t have it both ways

After the Observer’s Editorial Board endorsed mainly candidates of the Democratic party, and the overwhelming winning of Democrats, I find it interesting that the Board now states: “This is, in the main, an unhealthy thing for Charlotte.” Which way do you want it? It appears to me that you are speaking out of both sides of your mouth.

Frances Barts, Charlotte

How about a wage hike too?

The proposed tax reform legislation grants big tax cuts to businesses with the “hope” that worker wages will rise as a result. There is no assurance that will happen. One certain way to increase wages would be to raise the minimum wage in conjunction with the corporate cuts.

Growth occurs when people have money to spend. Minimum wage workers don’t save or invest in offshore accounts - they spend their money in the local economy. So, growth is a natural byproduct.

Shrinking the money supply by taxing the poor and cutting the social security net just makes it all the harder to move toward a balanced, or even manageable, budget.

William J. Powers, Waxhaw

Lorraine Stark
Lorraine Stark

Background checks have to be better

In response to “Gunman kills 26 at Texas church service” (Nov. 6):

Sutherland Springs, Texas, is a small community that Charles Kuralt perhaps would have visited. Its parishioners did not deserve to be killed by a crazed gunman. He was able to slip through the cracks, buy a gun, pass a background check and accomplish his goal. Just think, if his record of domestic violence and the year spent in jail for these crimes had appeared, this murderous act may not have occurred. How hard is it for the government to fine tune background checks to prevent this situation from happening again?

Lorraine Stark, Matthews

It matters where we get our news

Millions of Americans get their news from Facebook and Twitter. What could possibly go wrong?

There’s a reason those platforms are called “social media.”

Julia Williams, Denver

Step up on affordable housing

In response to “Bike-friendly culture's benefits go way beyond transportation” (Nov. 6 For the Record):

It's always good to hear from prominent developers like Clay Grubb, who see the linkage between daily bicycling and greater issues of public policy – like affordable housing. And if that means learning from global models like Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmo, Sweden, so much the better.

Affordable housing is one element many Charlotteans would love to see Mr. Grubb focus on. As a major urban housing developer with a lot of land and sway, there is so much he can do, in addition to transportation options like cycling, to raise the bar on urban design and smart growth for all citizens, not just the wealthy.

Can we count on him to voluntarily include affordable housing set-asides in his future housing projects?

That would really be a bold move!

Martin Zimmerman,