Teachers, find better way to protest
In response to “Districts brace for teacher absences on NC rally day” (May 3):
I am all about our public school teachers making a fair and equitable wage. However, I do not support our teachers walking out on our students on a regular school calendared day! What does this teach our children?
If these teachers worked in private sector jobs I question whether we’d see mass walk-outs. What if our beloved men and women dressed in bluewalked out? Would the police chief suggest that the police department close down for the day?
There are many ways to express opinions and seek assistance from the state legislature, but to close schools for this selfish achievement is a travesty and very inappropriate.
William H. Griffin,
Flag burning is the least of our worries
In response to “Advice for the 3 accused flag burners” (May 4 Forum):
Flag burning is a petty concern when our elected representatives serve corporate interests for those with power and money. We are well on the way to be a caste system that may become irreversible.
Our incarcerated population exceeds that of all other countries. Real wages for working people have not increased since the mid 1970s. College debt is destroying the “American Dream” while we support military bases around the world backed up with a nuclear arsenal large enough to destroy all life on this planet and you are concerned about burning a piece of cloth. If you want to fix something, quit electing incumbents.
Jerry Haney, Charlotte
Make investigation scope public
What is the extent of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s power to investigate the Trump administration? It’s too bad that Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein wants to keep it a secret. Why? Another good question that both Federal Judge Ellis and a House Committee would like the answer to.
Could it be that once they see the scope of Mueller’s authority they will realize that Mueller’s investigative team has exceeded its authority? Or could it be the scope memo is so broad it will make clear the investigation is not really about Russian collusion but rather to gather information to support impeachment hearings? Regardless, the public deserves to see an unredacted scope memo so that it may judge for itself.
Craig A. Reutlinger,
Pastors losing courage on morality
In response to “Franklin Graham talks of last days, what he misses most” (May 6):
I thank my good Lord for Franklin Graham, a preacher with the courage to speak out on the moral issues of the day – murder of the unborn, same-sex marriage, men and women living together without benefit of clergy, and pornography, just for starters.
As he said in Sunday’s Observer, “I think it’s important to speak out on moral issues in our culture. Because the church should have an impact on culture. But, unfortunately, today, culture is having an impact on the church.”
And why is this? Because approximately 90 percent of North Carolina pastors don’t have the guts to speak out on the moral issues.
Ted Hayes, Hickory
Values Coalitions needs a wake-up call
In response to “The bullies who are killing our children” (May 4 Opinion):
To the NC Values Coalition:
The only thing that you are protecting your children from is becoming educated, unafraid, loving and kind, and the only message that you are sending to gay kids is that they should be ashamed of the way that they were wonderfully made. This is a horrible enough message to hear from other kids, but from adults it is particularly disgusting and often unbearable as the suicide statistics tell us. The only people who are dangerous are those promoting the idea that sexual orientation is a choice.
Sylvia Wood, Charlotte
Non-voters share the Trump blame
In response to “God had nothing to do with Trump win” (May 7 Forum):
While I substantially agree with Forum Writer Sham Ostapko’s position, I would include in the groups who support/supported Mr. Trump, anyone who did not vote at all.
If you are displeased with government as it is, please remember that while you believe you are not being heard, your voice in the form of your vote is important. What cannot be done individually can be accomplished in community. Trump supporters, including non-voters, have shown this to be true.
Judith Sielaff, Charlotte