Letters to the Editor

How about this motto: ‘Science Trumps Belief in Anything’

Stop spending on religious propaganda

In response to “NC House votes for US motto signs in schools” (June 8):

The “In God We Trust” motto has no real historical significance, as it was only enacted in 1956 in the radical-right Joe McCarthy era.

Since about 20 percent of our population attest to no belief, a more accurate slogan would be “In which Gods or no god Do we Trust?” or “In Whose Dogma Do We Trust?

In this era of Trump, I would prefer “Science Trumps Belief in Anything”

Let’s stop spending taxpayer money on religious propaganda and spend it on real education, so desperately needed!

Jerry Haney, Charlotte

CMS may be at a tipping point

Dale W. Saville 2017
Dale W. Saville

House Bill 514 raises valid concerns about resegregation of schools, but let’s look at it from Matthews’ perspective – a town with a population of 31,495.

There are at least 27 N.C. counties with smaller populations that manage their schools, like Matthews wants to do.

Perhaps CMS has passed the tipping point of economies of scale versus responsiveness.

Dale W. Saville, Charlotte

Bill is unfair to those who can’t eat dairy

In response to “If it’s not from a hoofed animal, it can’t be called ‘milk,’ farm bill says” (June 7):

The threat to ban plant-based “milks” from shelves because of labeling is outrageous and unfair to all of us who can’t eat dairy.

Brenda Kennell, Charlotte

Guaranteed income won’t abate poverty

In response to For the Record “The profound link between poverty and health” (June 1 Opinion):

I do not agree with the “Mincome” – guaranteed minimum income – solution for addressing poverty.

A guaranteed minimum income makes work and the dignity it produces obsolete. It causes a chain of family poverty and dependence on government for home, health and sustenance. It is a solution that in the long run exacerbates the problem, rather than relieve it.

I would help with financial assistance only if those in poverty were committed to plan and participate in a program leading to work. This would be a time-limited plan. It would establish self-dignity and hope as the poor work their plan as a way out of poverty, break their chain of dependence, and create a legacy of self reliance for their descendants.

Paul Weathersbee, Indian Land, S.C.

Keep disruptive behavior off the field

In response to “Fair-weather fan wants to stifle speech” (June 8 Forum):

Receiver Torrey Smith was signed by the Panthers to play football, not bring his divisive antics to Charlotte or focus on non-issues on the field.

Smith and Colin Kaepernick should display their disruptive behavior in the locker room, a place where fans are not allowed.

This country remains a place where anyone, poor or rich, with the desire and determination to succeed can do so!

Frank Harrington, Charlotte

I support Smith’s right to speak

In response to “Politics shouldn’t harm Panthers team” (June 7 Forum):

Patrick A. Walters
Patrick A. Walters

I may not agree with all Torrey Smith has to say, but I certainly support his right to say it!

When we stifle one’s opinion and call them divisive and wish them ill will (catch no passes) that goes beyond reasonableness. Smith’s comments and his football talents are two different things completely.

The founders of this nation were divisive to the British, yet they birthed a great new nation. Our nation is not perfect, but we can continue to positively evolve by allowing and respectfully considering others’ opinions. It doesn’t mean we have to agree with them.

Patrick A. Walters, Charlotte

Don’t confuse blind patriotism, allegiance

I hear pre-game announcers ask us to “stand, remove our hats and place our hand over our hearts for the national anthem” as folks clamor under the stands for beer and walk around chatting.

Seems having to be asked to respect the flag and getting grub during the anthem are far more disrespectful than a few activists with a cause.

As a military veteran, when reveille or retreat sounded, regardless of where you were you came to attention and faced a flag. Blind patriotism and politics seem to have replaced allegiance.

Patrick Morgan, Charlotte