Letters to the Editor

Why are we arguing over fake patriotism?

Why play the national anthem at all?

Dewey Rochester
Dewey Rochester

While Donald Trump and some others complain about NFL players not standing and respecting (so he says) the flag during the national anthem, the real question is why the anthem is played at these sporting events at all?

Why shouldn’t it be played before concerts, movies, plays, other sporting events or any other venue where crowds of people gather?

Perhaps we should give up this fake patriotism and not play the national anthem at all.

Dewey Rochester, Charlotte

Geoffrey Planer
Geoffrey Planer

Disruptive behavior can be necessary

In response to “Keep disruptive behavior off the field” (June 11 Forum):

Forum writer Frank Harrington is partially right when he bemoans the fact that kneeling during the national anthem is “disruptive behavior.”

The most obvious truth is that the players’ kneeling does nothing to interrupt either the game or any of the pregame activities in any way. Furthermore, their kneeling does not seek to dishonor our troops or the service of those who serve (a false narrative created somewhere in Trumpworld).

That said, it is certainly true that the players’ kneeling is “disruptive” to that self-comforting myth under which we live wherein we believe that there exists no innate and persistent racially based discrimination within our social structures.

Mr. Harrington may fail to appreciate that those sorts of “disruption” in our thoughts and perceptions can lead us to needed change.

Geoffrey A. Planer,


Not everything Trump does is wrong

In response to “Trump agrees to end military drills in summit” (June 13):

An Observer headline: “Trump agrees to end military drills in summit.”

Why not this: “Summit’s first step a success;” or “Trump vows not to make same mistakes as past presidents”?

Everything Trump does must be bad according to the Observer, which obviously needs to be reminded that the next military drill event is not scheduled until spring of 2019, and by then we’ll certainly know if Kim Jong Un is serious. So what exactly has Trump given away? Zero.

As usual Trump is a step ahead of the liberal “experts.”

Mac McCall, Taylorsville

Ed Hinson
Ed Hinson

Don’t celebrate N. Korea peace yet

Meeting Kim Jong Un face-to-face is an improvement over threatening him with the big button and calling him rocket man, but the president’s over-the-top claims about the outcome of the Singapore summit reminds me of Neville Chamberlain’s claim to have achieved “peace in our time” after meeting with Adolph Hitler.

Time will tell.

Ed Hinson, Charlotte

Democrats have a lot of questions

In response to “Do people really not have IDs?” (June 12 Forum):

Please let Forum writer Kenneth M. Kyzer know that the Democratic Party would love to know the number of people who would be denied the right to vote without ID, but we’d also love to know why gerrymandering seems to be the only course of action the Republican Party can use to get elected.

Margaret Hough, Belmont

Pre-K funding is good business

In response to “Advocates concerned that money for child-care subsidies is inadequate” (June 5):

Universal pre-K is crucial for children and families, and for our community as it works to give everyone a fair chance to succeed in school and life.

It is vital for our business sector as well – another reason why I encourage Mecklenburg commissioners to approve expanded funding for pre-K. We need every person to be part of a skilled, diverse labor pool – a goal best met by starting our children on the right track from the beginning.

Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman estimates that every dollar spent on early learning programs for low-income kids delivers a 13 percent annual return on investment. I come from a family of educators. I chaired Child Care Resources.

Helping all children achieve their dreams is simply good business.

George Beckwith, Charlotte