Don’t discount N. Korea success
In response to “Trump botched the N. Korea summit” (May 29 Forum):
Perhaps the efforts to denuclearize North Korea will fail. Forum writer J. Gregory Fagan believes they already have, to his evident sadness. But no matter what happens next, those efforts caused the release of three Americans from North Korean prisons. What is truly sad is that Mr. Fagan either doesn’t know this, or else he considers it, literally, nothing.
Joe Copley, Charlotte
Our DA should enforce the laws
In response to “Mecklenburg DA should tackle mass incarceration” (May 27 Viewpoint):
City Councilman Braxton Winston subscribes to catch and release, whereby arrested “alleged” criminal predators bypass the bond step and get released because they are poor.
That’s why we have taxpayer-funded pre-trial release for those who qualify and bonding companies willing to take a risk on people with criminal records.
He challenges newly elected DA Spencer Merriweather to “reform” our criminal justice system. Whether they voted or not, the public expects accountability from our judicial system, not sanctuary or catch and release. Otherwise, we are no better than other major cities where “accountability” is just a word and high crime rates the result.
Paul Jones, Charlotte
Trump’s self-aggrandizing tweets
In response to “On 'sacred soil,' Trump lauds those who've fallen in service” (May 29):
As a veteran, I was appalled by our president’s tweets on Memorial Day. This is a day to remember all who have lost their lives fighting to protect our country, and to keep thanking those who have served. Instead our president, who has never served, only served himself by stating our fallen soldiers would be “very proud and happy at how well our country is doing today.” Sad.
Start with storing guns responsibly
Why after these horrible school shootings do people look to the government to intervene? Why doesn’t anyone have the guts to say where the blame starts? It starts at home with the parent(s). If you own a gun(s) and have young people or guests in your home, guns should be locked up in a safe that only the owner has access to.
What good are stricter gun regulations when students have access to guns in their home? Start holding parents accountable. Common sense is where it starts to prevent these horrific incidents.
John Jorgensen, Charlotte
Proud to see strong student activism
In response to “What I learned from my students this year” (May 29 For the Record):
Thank you, Kay McSpadden, for your column describing what you learned from your students. Your statement that our country tells young people “in word and deed, that they do not really matter,” is both disappointing and mostly accurate. Yet, like you I see so much hope for this generation and thus, for our country.
I am heartened by the recent “die in” held by Parkland, Florida students in Publix stores to protest the grocery chain’s support of a pro-NRA gubernatorial candidate. By peacefully protesting and exercising their First Amendment right, they made a significant impact in successfully urging Publix to suspend and re-evaluate its giving processes.
Thank you, students, for continuing to speak out about the need for reasonable gun legislation. Many are listening.
Stefanie Groot, Charlotte
Why the confusion on NFL protest?
In response to “Protesters shouldn't be allowed to play” (May 27 Forum):
Why is this so hard for Bob Mays and those who think like him to understand? Colin Kaepernick and other football players were not – for the gazillionth time – protesting the flag.
They were protesting injustice. You know – where cops kill black men, or where somebody is afraid of a black person at a Starbucks who is waiting for a real estate agent, or a black man at a house for sale because he’s an appraiser. That is what they are protesting. It’s sad that so many people refuse to accept this. I would say these people care very much for the flag.
Signed, a white woman.
Holly Saftner, Charlotte