Should’ve spent on research, not arenas
In response to “Charlotte’s out of the running for Amazon’s HQ2” (Jan. 18):
So Charlotte is out, but Raleigh remains in the running for the new Amazon facility.
But Raleigh does not have an NFL or NBA team! How can Amazon make such a huge mistake?
Oh, I see... Raleigh has better research facilities in its area. Maybe if Charlotte had invested the $400 million-plus given to the Panthers and Hornets into research facilities at UNC Charlotte, Amazon would bring some real jobs and economic development to our area.
The new domed stadium that is sure to come will be very appropriate – a dunce cap for Charlotte.
Don Reid, Charlotte
Don’t fall for Burr, Tillis chicanery
In response to “Tax cuts are paying off in N.C. already” (Jan. 19 Opinion):
I read the piece by Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr with my jaw tightly clenched. The senators opine that the tax law is showing immediate results with citizens receiving bonuses and some workers receiving pay increases. The irony of this from the formerly fiscally conservative GOP is that the beneficiaries of the tax cut are receiving benefits now, but the folks who pay for this deficit spending of $1.5 trillion are the generations to follow: our children, their children, their children.
Most disappointing to me is that our citizenry does not recognize this chicanery for what it is.
Ross Annable, Harrisburg
Ivanka is role model angry women need
In response to “Marching is not enough; women need a movement” (Jan. 18 Opinion):
Columnist Judy Schindler repeats all the mistakes of the past.
Instead of being angry and proposing another desultory approach, such as a “movement,” she and all of us should consider joining the millions of women who are Trump supporters as well as being Republicans. They live their lives happily, making progress the old-fashioned way by engaging in discourse.
Shake off the anger, Judy. Watch Ivanka Trump, who is a businesswoman, fashion designer, author and more. Women are not monolithic.
Frank J. Betts, Cornelius
Face facts on Trump’s economy
In response to “But he’s making the U.S. a lot of money” (Jan. 14 Forum):
Contrary to Forum writer C.C. Ryder’s claim, President Trump is not responsible for “making the U.S. a lot of money.”
Corporations have been flush with cash for years.
In fact, according to the Washington Post’s Fact Checker:
▪ Trump’s job growth to date lags Obama’s 5 out of 7 years.
▪ Trump inherited low employment numbers from Obama. (4.8 percent in Jan. 2017, compared to 4.1 percent in Dec. 2017)
▪ The U.S. stock market has been rising steadily since March 2009.
▪ The S&P 500, a broader index, has been lagging the Japanese, German and U.K. markets.
Lastly, Trump’s changes in various regulations have been mostly deleterious, and he has diminished the stature of the U.S. in the world.
Stephen Mayor, Fort Mill
As a black American, I support Trump
In response “Fixing Washington won’t be pretty” (Jan. 17 Forum):
President Trump indeed is crude and rough around the edges, but he gets things accomplished.
Being crude has always been his style; he was that way before he became president, so no one should be surprised. Sure, I wish he wasn’t like that, but that is who he is.
One thing is certain: He puts America first and has its best interest at heart.
As a black American, I support him. I look beyond his personality and see the big picture of what he is trying to accomplish.
Sharon Sullivan, Charlotte
Honoring Mike Doty and others in blue
In response to “York County sheriff’s detective dies a day after he and 3 other officers were shot” (Jan. 18):
My son went to a private Christian school with Mike Doty. They played soccer and basketball together. Mike was the kind of kid who makes you proud to be a parent. He was athletic and a committed Christian at an early age.
Years passed and Mike became a detective with the York County Sheriff’s Office. While adhering to the highest principles of “protect and serve,” Mike lost his life.
Let us all remember; blue lives matter too.
Arjay Provost, Fort Mill