Sheriff must identify illegal immigrants
In response to “Next sheriff likely to kill jail immigration program” (May 10):
Enough is enough. I’m tired of seeing my tax dollars wasted on those who break our laws, especially when needy, law-abiding citizens often must do without.
According to the website and Facebook page of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, the sheriff’s duties include protecting the citizens of Mecklenburg, enforcing local, state and federal laws, and being recognized as a leading and professional organization.
Anyone failing to identify the lawbreakers in our jails who are also illegal immigrants is not meeting these standards and has no business being sheriff.
Mike Rink, Cornelius
I’m all for getting Cintra out sooner
In response to “Toll lane compromise drives I-77 plan forward” (May 11):
Recently I was in the D.C area for a meeting. I left Alexandria at 5 p.m. on a Friday and headed south on the parking lot called I-95. The 3-hour-plus journey to Fredericksburg – 50 miles or so – remained a parking lot.
The toll lanes running alongside me were at approximately 40 percent capacity or less. If this is what commuters heading north to I-77 Exit 36 will encounter, the toll lanes will not be a big help.
The compromise reported Friday seems a great alternative to the present and will possibly get Cintra out of the picture sooner.
Jim Farley, Charlotte
McCrory’s comment smacks of racism
In response to “McCrory frowns on black caucus influence” (May 11):
This is not a political dog whistle, but dog-whistle racism intended to divide us.
Pat McCrory’s fear of the black influence on politics would seem a laughable throwback to white segregationist America, if it were not so dangerous today.
It emboldens the white supremacists and racists among us, unless a greater number of white people step up and condemn it.
As people of faith, let us call this talk for what it is: a sin.
David Matvey, Charlotte
Legislature long deaf to N.C. teachers
In response to “Teachers, find better way to protest” (May 8 Forum):
Forum writer William Griffin says he doubts that we’d see walkouts if a teacher worked in a private sector job.
GM, Ford, Chrysler, Freightliner, train and bus companies, etc. all have what are called strikes. Yes, they walk off the job.
And if you think there are “many ways” to express opinions and seek assistance from the state legislature, please name them. The state legislature hasn’t been listening to teachers for years.
Margaret Hough, Belmont
Slow down growth; we can’t keep up
Frequent problems with the water system, recurrent flooding in areas of the city, complaints from unincorporated areas about a lack of police presence and long response times, poor traffic enforcement, and deteriorating roads...
These are but a few things plaguing Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, but “planners” continue to sign building permits, build light-rail tracks, and pour more concrete and asphalt.
Perhaps it is time for city and county leaders to slow down expansion and look to maintaining what we already have.
Kenneth Kyzer, Charlotte
You have to read past Leviticus
In response to “The Bible isn’t morally flexible” (May 10 Forum):
Forum writer Don Ledbetter appears appalled by the idea that “the church should welcome with open arms the practicing prostitutes, thieves, gossipers, sinners and murderers.”
Perhaps if Mr. Ledbetter and others like him wouldn’t close their Bibles after they finish reading Leviticus, they would get to the verses in the New Testament where Jesus was castigated by the religious authorities of the day for consorting with tax collectors and sinners.
A church that does not welcome sinners with open arms may well be a church, but it should not call itself “Christian.”
Brent Torstrick, Charlotte
Here’s my penalty for the robocall king
Thursday the FCC handed Adrian Abramovich a record fine of $120 million for making almost 100 million robocalls in three months. The FCC should put him in solitary confinement with his 100 million robocalls playing 24/7.
Now that would be justice!
Beth Dixon, Charlotte