All we care about is political parties
In response to “New legislative districts to bring more competition” (Feb. 12):
I find it laughable that Sen. Dan Bishop says he’ll run “on a record of accomplishments,” when all we as voters really need to know is “what party do you belong to?”
The days of judging a politician by record and stated goals are long over with. Now it’s party, party and more party. No longer do we expect a candidate to exercise political independence or consider what’s best for the people of the state she/he serves. The party’s objectives and ideology come first, with likelihood of re-election a close second. So please, Mr. Bishop, spare us the high-minded political rhetoric. Simply tell us which party you are running for; we’ll take it from there.
Bonner Mills, Mount Holly
Step out of comfort zone to move forward
Step out of comfort zone to move forward
In response to “The solution to Charlotte’s mid-life crisis” (Feb. 10 Opinion):
Thank you Amy Chiou for summarizing what’s happening today. Antiquated thinking in our comfort zone will not adequately lead us into the future. While nobody ever truly knows what lies ahead, we must listen to the facts, seek the truth about our path and prepare for whatever influences may lie ahead. Planning for the future is based entirely on informed decision making.
Rick Flowe, Kannapolis
Discrimination isn’t a Christian thing to do
In response to “NC lobbyist Creech fears Amazon’s LGBTQ view” (Feb. 11):
Mark Creech of the Christian Action League doesn’t want Amazon to come to North Carolina because it might further the LGBTQ cause? There is nothing Christian about discriminating against individuals for any reason, including sexual orientation. He and Franklin Graham need to join the 21st century and stop spewing this hypocrisy!
Deborah Beck, Iron Station
Politicians, learn from family’s story
In response to “As kids, they picked cotton and dreamed” (Feb. 11):
Theoden Janes’s article about the Giles family should be required reading for all politicians in North and South Carolina. Though education is not the article’s primary focus, its power to change lives in a single generation is made resoundingly clear. One can’t help but wonder why all politicians do not make it their number one priority as the easiest and swiftest means toward reducing poverty and crime.
Perhaps the next time our community is asked to consider funding yet another nonessential stadium or project, this family’s remarkable saga can serve as a reminder of what our most important consideration should always be.
Heather Stancil, Belmont
Handicapped spaces are for those in need
Able-bodied drivers who use handicapped spaces to more quickly run into a store, or a restaurant for takeout, like the driver at Ballantyne Village I came across on Saturday afternoon, steal access from people like my 82-year-old mother.
A fine of $250 for each violation indicates how wrong this is.
If you are religious, how do you think God, who blessed you with good health, views your selfishness and disregard for the law?
To those using a handicapped hang tag to which you are not medically entitled: Ditto.
Kathleen Britton, Charlotte
Retirement well wishes to Dr. Parker
In response to “Something more than expected” (Feb. 8 Opinion):
We haven’t the words to thank Dr. Mark Parker.
At six-months-old while in an infant carrier seat, our first born son was uncontrollably shaking. After many tests were conducted at the pediatrician’s office, Dr. Parker was called in for a consultation and he single-handedly saved David’s life many a time over the next 15 years.
Mark Parker has a gift as a physician and even a higher calling in pediatrics. David is now 23, healthy, and all due in part to Dr. P.
In love and gratitude, we wish him the best in retirement.
Julie, Terry and David Wayne, Charlotte
It is time for John Kelly to move on
I was under the impression that the White House Chief of Staff, Gen. John F. Kelly, was recruited to provide much needed guidance to a directionless president and staff. In his mishandling of the Rob Porter debacle, it didn’t take him long to sink to the same covert and sleazy behavior that he was supposed to correct. It may be time to resign, General, before you get your marching papers.
Larry Vogt, Mooresville