Police need mental health support
As a former police officer, I wish there had been a resource to help me manage the demands and stress of the job.
I know I was not the only one who put on the uniform and the façade of invincibility. I witnessed ordinary men and women confront extraordinary situations as super-humans and then crash as normal everyday people into abusive, dysfunctional lives. I saw fellow officers struggle in silence with demons that they dared not reveal.
Every police department should have a dedicated mental health specialist to protect our men and women in blue and in turn protect the public.
James McNeil, Indian Trail
Stop govt. officials wasting our money
The Government Accountability Office has ruled that the EPA broke the law in spending $43,000 on a soundproof booth for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
The inspector general said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke could have avoided charter travel. The IG’s report said ethics officials who approved Zinke’s $12,375 charter flight from Las Vegas to Kalispell, Mont. following his meeting with the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team were not aware of the purpose of the meeting.
The dirt keeps piling up on Pruitt and Zinke. When are our elected officials going to stand up and do something to stop this corrupt waste of taxpayer dollars?
Mary N. Dukes, Charlotte
Tackle growth and housing together
In response to “With newcomers pouring in like piranhas, we’re headed for disaster” (April 16 For the Record):
I totally agree with Kris Solow. We need to think of the people of Charlotte in terms of growth. I think one solution would be to require developers to help pay for infrastructure without passing that cost on to the buyers.
Plus, have them donate a percentage of their profits to affordable housing. That would slow down some of this wildfire growth and benefit Charlotte. We would have smart growth, not greed growth!
Susan Fox, Charlotte
LaWana Mayfield lacks critical thinking
In response to “What Mayfield’s words say about her” and “Mayfield resign? Absolutely not” (April 22 Forum):
I don’t think LaWana Mayfield’s comments represent fringe thinking about 9-11 – as Forum writer Ellen Reich suggests – or an issue of free speech – as Frank Betts’s Forum letter stated.
The issue here is the inability to process information properly. If it is demonstrated that 1 + 1 = 2 or that the earth is a globe or that the destruction of the twin towers in NY was the result of terrorism and your “opinion” is otherwise, your ability to process facts should be questioned.
I would not want to fly with you – if you were an airline pilot – or get operated on by you – if you were a surgeon – or be in your district – if you were representing me as a politician.
Stephen Mayor, Fort Mill
GOP supporting Trump is a win for all
In response to “GOP candidates spar over who’s biggest Trump backer” (April 20):
After reading how Reverend Mark Harris and Congressman Robert Pittenger are falling all over themselves trying to compete to see who is Donald Trump’s biggest fan, I think we may have a win-win-win.
Republicans can be happy they have two candidates who both pledge fealty to their beloved leader. Independents can be happy knowing exactly where the Republicans stand. And Democrats can be happy that they’re going to flip this seat blue in November. Sounds like a perfect trifecta to me!
William D. Charnock
Kids don’t benefit from sheltering
In response to “NC parents urged to keep kids at home to protest sex ed” (April 23):
The N.C. Values Coalition is so wrong on several levels:
1. If the parents have a problem with their kids learning about sex, they should find a more logical way to protest, not force their children to stay home. Will staying home and not learning that day really make them better in the long run?
2. If CMS allows families to opt out of sex ed classes, what are these parents afraid of? Eventually, these kids will find employment and will, no doubt, be working along side LGBQT folks. Then what? Stay home from work to protest their existence? Keeping these kids home will only teach them intolerance. This is the 21st century, not the Victorian era.
Janis M. Roelker,