CMPD, change before budget increase
CMPD, change before budget increase
In response to “City manager proposes property tax increase” (May 8):
The city manager is asking for a property tax increase with most of the money going to increase police officer pay. The City Council should not agree to this unless significant changes are made to the way police officers are trained.
The instances of police killing citizens will not change until police training is changed. In most other developed countries police manage to do their job without often resorting to lethal force.
The citizens of Charlotte should not be asked to pay more for the same service. If the chief wants more money for more police officers, then he should institute a training program that teaches them how to resolve conflicts without resorting to deadly force.
Stephen E. Holcomb,
A year at Duke is good compensation
In response to "Ex-Duke star's mom compares college system to slavery" (May 8):
Wendell Carter received a year of education at one of the most prestigious universities in the country, for which many parents pay $50,000 or more, at no cost. He received a year of coaching from a hall of fame basketball coach which improved his basketball skills and marketability at no cost. He received local and national TV exposure which built a fan base which will likely result in many millions of dollars of future income to him from product endorsements and business relationships.
Although I am not a Duke fan, I have to wonder what more Duke University or the college basketball system could have done for him to make Mrs. Carter feel as if he had been treated well.
The Bible isn’t morally flexible
In response to “Cultural influence is good for religion” (May 9 Forum):
Many of today’s pastors do indeed lack the courage to preach the truth.
Forum writer Jack Hankins seems to be saying that it would benefit our churches if they would actually teach the love and “inclusivity” Christ preached. Using Jack’s logic, the church should welcome with open arms the practicing prostitutes, thieves, gossipers, sinners and murderers along with what the Bible calls sexual perversity. I don’t think so!
Jesus Christ did indeed preach love, but never preached that we should condone unrepentant sinners. Pastors should be preaching the truth as stated in God’s Word, not watering it down to the biblically incorrect “love them as they are” theology.
Don Ledbetter, Statesville
Franklin Graham isn’t a role model
In response to “Pastors losing courage on morality” (May 8 Forum):
Forum writer Ted Hayes laments our lack of preachers like Franklin Graham and their courage to speak out on morals. Perhaps more pastors on the left and right both are aware of the religious-right’s hypocrisy and persistent focus on gay marriage and abortion.
In Graham’s own words, Trump’s relationships with his wife and Stormy Daniels are “nobody’s business,” but when it was Bill Clinton (or if it’s gay relationships) Graham says it’s the concern of the rest of the world.
In addition, their pro-life stance would have more legitimacy if they seemed as compassionately concerned about other lost lives due to inadequate healthcare, police brutality, poverty, homelessness, hate crimes of murder, unnecessary wars and environmental dangers.
Michelle Hargett, Charlotte
Teacher walk-out gives good lessons
In response to “Teachers, find better way to protest” (May 8 Forum):
Forum writer William Griffin asks, “What does this teach our children?” regarding teachers protesting on a school day. It teaches students that it is OK to speak up for oneself when your elected officials won’t; to speak up for yourself when it’s unpopular or inconvenient. It teaches that teachers should be valued more in this society. It also teaches that teachers seem to be ignored when they toe the line, and worse, castigated when they speak up. It also teaches that one can peacefully send a message without having to resort to violence, misdeeds, or unethical behavior in order to help effect change.
Those seem like some very valuable lessons.
Pelosi won’t be able to raise taxes
Nancy Pelosi says if she gets the speakership back after the mid-terms, she will raise taxes. Guess she slept through her civics class. Nancy, any tax increase passed by the House, must also pass the Senate and be signed by the President. The odds of these stars aligning before at least January 2021 are about the same as you being hit by lightning.
Don McIver, Charlotte