Letters to the Editor

I protested in Lynn Good’s driveway, and here’s why

Damage done by Duke, not protesters

In response to “Pipeline protesters occupy driveway of Duke Energy CEO” (May 10):

Patricia Moore
Patricia Moore

I was one of the “extreme” demonstrators in front of Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good’s house Wednesday. We did not cut trees on her property, dig trenches, or lay pipeline to be filled with flammable gas. There were no explosions.

We wish the concern for the safety of Good’s neighbors could be extended to those who will be exposed to the dangers of Duke’s proposed pipeline.

Duke is pushing this multi-billion dollar fossil fuel project, damaging communities, and increasing the ravages of climate change. It charges all costs to the ratepayers and reaps the increased profit for shareholders and $21 million for CEO Good.

Who are the troublemakers?

Patricia Moore, Charlotte

Teach kids to follow police orders

In response to “CMPD, change before budget increase” (May 10 Forum):

Calvin Wright
Calvin Wright

Forum writer Stephen Holcomb suggests that CMPD must change its training to help eliminate “police killing citizens.”

Police officers have one goal, and that is protecting law-abiding citizens from those who choose not to follow the law. Period.

Perhaps training needs to be implemented in both the public school system and at home on how to behave when confronted by a police officer.

It’s really very simple: be polite, listen to the officer, and do what you are asked to do, and you will be amazed at the outcome.

Behavior contrary to that is home-grown, and therein lies half the problem.

Calvin Wright, Charlotte

A new Iraq/Iran slogan for Trump

In response to “Trump announces US will exit nuclear accord with Iran” (May 9):

President Trump’s reckless decision to violate the terms of the Iran deal could potentially result in Iran abandoning the deal altogether. The GOP-controlled House, Senate and White House now have the honor of a new slogan: If you liked the war in Iraq, you’ll love the war with Iran.

Dot Meixler, Huntersville

Duke compensated Carter’s son well

Patrick A. Walters
Patrick A. Walters

With all due respect to Kylia Carter – Are you kidding me?

Your son played basketball for a few months and was compensated over $70,000 with his year of education at Duke University. Duke played 37 games. I see that as over $1,800 per game!

Granted, the NBA needs to figure out the “one and done,” but my goodness – not compensated enough?

Patrick A. Walters, Charlotte

Mexico isn’t to blame on immigration

President Trump says that Mexico does not send its finest to the USA. It sends people who rape and murder.

Mexico does not send any of its people to immigrate to the U.S. Those who wish to come legally must apply through the U.S. embassy or consulate. The embassy is in charge of who enters. Mexico has nothing to do with it.

All those who make the decisions are under the charge of the U.S. president. If the president doesn’t like what happens, look in the mirror and blame yourself.

Bob Cubbler, Matthews

Let rule of law be your yardstick

I found Amy Chiou’s “The best way to judge our candidates” (May 7 Opinion) interesting.

I would add: Judge them by their adherence to the rule of law.

A few years ago when I asked my U.S. representative in Hickory if he would sign a promise to not fund any bill unless it was authorized by the U.S. Constitution, he ignored me.

Sadly, only a few senators would join former Sen. Jim DeMint in doing that. We are moving further away from the rule of law to the rule of men, to our peril.

Robert Parker, Hickory

Puerto Rico is still suffering; don’t forget

As another hurricane season approaches I find myself pondering the tragedy in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

I realize that as we have moved on, many are still suffering. Thousands are still without power, many more without homes.

I appeal to your conscience and urge you to keep Puerto Rico in your awareness. Do not forget Puerto Rico. Invest in the island by going there on vacation. Follow the news concerning its recovery. It is a story about U.S. citizens, thus a story about us.

Forgetting fosters apathy. Let us nurture compassion by remembering.

Odette Valder, Charlotte