Letters to the Editor

Trump supporters must insist he be presidential

The president should be presidential

I’ve heard many supporters of President Trump praise what they say are his accomplishments but express disappointment in the things he has said, his tweets, and his attitudes.

Ben Sharpton
Ben Sharpton

The president’s behavior, attitudes and tone should be exemplary. It should inspire, not degrade. The president should show compassion, not disdain. He should bring out the best in Americans and be an example for our children and other countries.

Unfortunately, President Trump elicits the worst, encouraging bigotry, bullying, division, hatred and selfishness. Being presidential is an unspoken, but assumed, part of the job description. Those who support President Trump should insist that he be presidential.

Ben Sharpton, Waxhaw

I see Disney decision as discrimination

So, Roseanne Barr, a white woman, gets fired by ABC and Disney for making a racist tweet about a black former aide to President Obama, while Jemele Hill, a black woman and ESPN/Disney employee who called Trump a white supremacist, got to keep her job.

ABC and Disney have made it clear that they will discriminate based on race when deciding appropriate action to take against those who engage in making racist tweets.

Craig Reutlinger, Charlotte

Trump team’s spy claims are absurd

Some have asked: Why did the FBI not act to alert the campaign of the Russian menace?

As a matter of fact, the intelligence community did warn both campaigns of Russia attempts to influence the election and requested both campaigns to alert the FBI of any suspicious contacts or activity by foreigners.

For reasons yet to be fully disclosed to the American people, however, the Trump campaign not only had numerous Russian contacts but openly solicited such assistance.

That the president and his Republican toadies now have the temerity to spread more disinformation and claim that the FBI was working against his election is absurd and yet another example of the depths to which these people will descend to maintain power.

William Cockrill, Davidson

No one is listening on I-77 toll issue

Connie Evans
Connie Evans

Politics have me baffled. Accountability on the I-77 toll issue evaporates because our views are ignored.

Citizens have responded loudly in protest to Cintra’s control, yet our legislators hide actions in a lengthy bill and there is finger pointing in all directions. Will excuses win the battle as we fight for our rights to save businesses, property values, and stop scheduling our lives around congestion?

We are shouting, but who is really listening? Legislators are not just balancing dollars, they are regulating our lives.

Connie Evans, Mooresville

Digital innovation: All in Charlotte gain

In response to “Charlotte’s digital innovation will help upward mobility, says FCC chairman” (May 24):

Joe Bost
Joe Bost

The writer is vice president of state and regional policy at the Charlotte Chamber.

A connected community is not only necessary for economic growth and development, it is integral to expanding economic opportunity in Charlotte, as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai recently told the Chamber.

For many residents, online access to education resources, community services and job applications comes from mobile devices. Start-ups and entrepreneurs rely on connections to conduct business on-the-go. These important connections depend on robust communications infrastructure. With a booming population, the need for dense coverage and reliable service grows.

The Charlotte Chamber is “all in” for sound policies that support investment and deployment for today’s needs and next generation 5G. This connectivity is a necessity for the daily lives and livelihoods of all of Charlotte.

Joe Bost, Charlotte

Tired of hospital’s petty public debate

I’m weary of the petty public debate between Atrium Health and Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants, and I suspect I am not alone.

We are subjected to full-page newspaper ads in which the companies trade accusations about what is fundamentally a business deal, piously claiming concern for the public when we know the real motivating factor is the bottom line. By paying for the ads, the health care companies prove they make far too much of our money. The only winner is the Observer.

Steven P. Nesbit, Charlotte