Letters to the Editor

Meck jail solitary confinement: Seems like torture to me

Jail suicides need attention now

In response to “Five days after going to Charlotte’s jail, he was dead. Police are investigating.” (May 14):

Nikki Wombwell
Nikki Wombwell

A man died by suicide while held in a type of solitary confinement in the Mecklenburg County Jail. According to this article, prisoners stay there 23 hours a day and are not allowed visitors, phone calls or books.

Sounds like glorified torture to me.

Prison should be about rehabilitation, not punishment. At some point the rest of these men are going to return to society. Do we want them coming out worse than they went in, or even not coming out at all?

After all, there is a reason 76 percent of all inmates end up back in jail within five years of their release.

Nikki Wombwell, Charlotte

Start building more school additions

With over 60 people moving to Charlotte each day, you’d think the sight of ugly trailers behind schools would be something the community wouldn’t want.

As working middle-class parents, we contribute to the growing economy and pay taxes here. We see new buildings and plazas going up almost weekly, but you know what’s not going up – school additions.

Teachers need better pay and resources and our children deserve a better school environment so parents don’t have to worry daily about gun violence and infection control issues, as with these trailers. Kids need a school. This is not a Third World country!

Viktoriya Friedman, Charlotte

Thanks for all you’ve done, Mr. Richardson

Jerry Richardson and his staff have given this area many hours of pleasure. The Panthers have brought in untold millions to the economy, created jobs, and given millions to charity.

So there was a bit of wrong behavior, but this is typical of the male species and has gone on for thousands of years. The man had a heart transplant and is 82 years old. His statue should remain and we should offer thanks that he brought the team to Charlotte.

Thank you, Mr. Richardson, for all that you have done.

Annette Huber, Rock Hill

What’s in it for PSL owners, taxpayers?

Jonathan Wallas
Jonathan Wallas

So, it’s $2.2 billion... Jerry Richardson and his minority partners walk away with thousands of millions while our City and the PSL owners, who made substantial financial contributions to the building of the stadium and the success of the team, get nothing from the huge profits made.

Certainly, “Mr. Richardson” deserves first-ballot entry into the P.T. Barnum Hall of Fame. The least he could do is pre-pay the seat costs of the PSL owners for the next five years and build a large complex to house the local homeless.

Jonathan Wallas, Charlotte

A disastrous diplomatic mistake

Michael A. Clark
Michael A. Clark

Relocating the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem sends a blunt message to the rest of the world: The U.S. is no longer the global leader dedicated to peace, justice and equality around the world.

Under the Trump administration the U.S. will coddle dictators, prop up authoritarian regimes, and sacrifice human, environmental and religious rights (of non-Christians) for the sake of international corporate profits and domestic political capital.

It is frightening that so many Republican evangelical Christians are cheering this disastrous diplomatic mistake.

Michael A. Clark, Charlotte

Peace has never been on Hamas agenda

The May 16 editorial cartoon “Unfortunate Propaganda” is truly unfortunate propaganda.

Moving the U.S. embassy to the capital of Israel is just an excuse by Hamas to murder its own people. It is Hamas that ordered these so-called “protests.” Hamas ordered those “protesters” to arm themselves.

Peace has never been on the Hamas agenda. I am so disappointed that you are a mouth piece for terrorism.

Jeffrey Schwartz, Matthews

Brilliant statesmen like McCain live on

To all in the White House who don’t think a public apology to Sen. John McCain is necessary, I say: Sen. McCain – the statesman, the war hero, the one who knew how to be civil to political adversaries – might physically die soon, but his name is already carved in the history of this country.

Marita Lentz
Marita Lentz

Heroes and brilliant statesmen do not die. They live forever and have the respect of past, present and future generations, no matter which political ideology they adhered to.

Only ignorance dismisses the opportunity to shine with class and humility after such a low gaffe.

Marita Lentz, Charlotte