Media would have given Clinton a pass
In response to “What if Clinton had done all this?” (Feb. 2 Opinion):
Bret Stephens’s op-ed column was another example of the liberal media attempting, desperately, to excuse its constant attacks on President Trump.
The simple fact is that if the tables were turned and Hillary Clinton was president, no liberal media would have accepted this story, much like they turned their noses up at the John Edwards scandal. And, the “deep state” would have kept any leaks from occurring.
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It is disingenuous for Mr. Stephens to ignore the massive bias in the media and from the political elite who populate much of government. The hatred of the “swamp dwellers” is visceral!
Daniel McKnight, Charlotte
Don’t support Trump for sake of party
What’s with these Republicans?
They know very well that this president is the most bigoted, lying, divisive and immoral man ever to occupy the White House, yet they stand with him for the sake of the party.
Aren’t these men also husbands and fathers, and as good men how can they live with themselves supporting him?
Pearl Rosenthal, Charlotte
A downward spiral in presidential decency
In 1987 Sen. Gary Hart was the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination when an alleged affair came to light. Soon after, he suspended his campaign.
Thirty years later we have a president who is accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, was heard on tape bragging about assaulting women, supported an accused child molester for a Senate seat, and is accused of paying off a porn star to cover up an affair.
The standard of decency for holding the highest office in the land, which was lowered during the Bill Clinton presidency, has now reached the bottom of the barrel.
Arnie Grieves, Charlotte
Utilities board, give Duke a conscience
In response to Our View “You shouldn’t pay for Duke’s coal ash history” (Feb. 1 Editorial) and related articles:
Duke Energy fulfills its priorities well – keeping the lights on and benefiting shareholders.
Caring for the environment isn’t on Duke’s radar. If Duke can shield shareholders from financial cost of environmental recklessness, passing it off to customers, it has no incentive to be a good steward of our environment.
The N.C. Utilities Commission holds the power to give Duke a conscience – by denying a rate hike.
Duke sells a product we are forced to buy – a water-poisoning, air-polluting, mountaintop-wrecking, carbon-emitting product. Non-payment brings disaster, even homelessness; Duke’s “customers” are a captive audience.
If inevitable, keep any rate hike tied to usage, thus allowing the poorest – and the conscientious – cost relief through reduced use. Don’t subsidize those who squander, while the environment pays most of all.
Ayya Sudhamma, Charlotte
It’s about systemic racial injustice
In response to “An easy funding fix: Don’t break the law” (Feb. 2 Forum):
When folks like Forum writer Nancy Oakley write “don’t break the law, then you won’t need the funding,” it’s the people who understand racial injustice in the U.S. judicial system who shake their heads.
Let me put it to you simply: If a white person who has money and a black person who doesn’t have money both perform the same crime, who’s going to be able to afford bail and a lawyer?
Pull your head out of the sand, stop shaking it, and actually use it to research history. Educate yourself on facts.
Rick Hudson, Charlotte
Pouting Dems and petulant Republicans
In response to “Pouting Dems can no longer count on me” (Feb. 2 Forum):
Forum writer Alan Williams should know that Republicans aren’t always well-behaved during presidential addresses to Congress. Speaking of petulance, doesn’t he recall South Carolina’s GOP Rep. Joe Wilson interrupting President Obama’s 2009 address with “You lie”?
Douglas Smith, Rockingham
What more can I do for the homeless?
In response to “Campaign urges residents to say no to panhandlers” (Feb. 4):
Thank you community leaders in homelessness and addiction for directing the public in best methods for meeting panhandlers. What would be very helpful would be a list of services to direct people to. We could keep them in our cars and give to people needing help. Maybe post this on your website or distribute to faith houses?
Mary Gregory, Charlotte